WPMu Plugins: Comment Tracking and Stats

I have been experimenting with yet a few more possibilities on our WordPress Multi-User installation at UMW Blogs. One of which I am particularly excited about, so I’ll start there.

WPMu Comment Tracking and Display

This plugin (available on WPMUDEV.org) is pretty awesome from what I can make of it thus far. What it does is tracks and display all the comments you make on other blogs within the multi-user environment. The are displayed in the “Comments” tab, under the subtab “My Comments.” This is basically a co-comment-esque feature with the limitation of being only applicable to the comments you make within the UMW Blogs environment. And while this is limited, it also is quite powerful in that it allows both students and faculty to track their blog conversations and see when other folks have responded to them right in their administrative backend.

My Comments

Below is a perfect example, I commented on one of Gardner’s student blogs, and I am able to see the trackback someone else left, as well as any future responses to my comment up and until a point. The only issue is that it only tracks comments after you have installed the plugin, so the sooner the better. This plugin really highlights the benefit of using a multi-user install in an educational space like we are, for so much of the richness is in the discussion, and we now have a way for folks to track and access the comments they have made quite easily.

FireStats 1.4 for WPMu

This plugin is a pretty powerful stats manager that allows each and every user to manage their own statistics. It creates separate tables for each blog (or I believe it does at least) and allows a granular look at traffic, incoming links, referring sites, etc. The only thing about this plugin is that it is in deep beta and I am a little scared of it right now.

It has a sidebar widget that breaks the theme with PHP call errors (seemingly related to the bbPress forum integration). Also, the footer stats also break the theme. There are also some more sophisticated database options available through this plugin that have me worried, if anyone can assuage my fears on this one please do. I am testing it within UMW Blogs, but keeping a very close eye on it, because I am not sure if it will come back to haunt us at some point. More on this as it develops.

WordPress.com Stats

As a potential alternative to FireStats, I also installed WordPress.com stats, which I run on the bava and like a lot. Only issue here is that it requires you have a WordPress.com API Key, which mean you have to sign-up for WordPress.com, not the end of the world, but not as fluid as some may like. I will also be watching this plugin closely to see how its figures compare with those of FireStats.

My favorite thing about the WordPress.org Stats plugin might be the developers sense of humor. I installed it not more than ten minutes ago and went in immediately to test it out, and this is the message I got in return:

Take ‘er easy Dude

“Take ‘er easy, Dude”! I love it when the folks at WordPress quote The Big Lebowski, it just furthers my unabashed fanboy status. Nothing like being scolded so poetically!

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5 Responses to WPMu Plugins: Comment Tracking and Stats

  1. andrew says:

    Yeah, I noticed it didn’t show up, but I figured I would wait it out. I had copied the french youtube link instead of the plain American. (fr.youtube.com instead of youtube.com) ((my firefox youtube search engine is French…)) I took out the fr. and it works fine now. Good to know, I suppose.

  2. Omry says:

    Hi, if you have any questions or concerns about the beta of FireStats for WPMU you can ask me directly (I am the developer of FireStats).

    to clarify some things:
    1. FireStats does NOT create tables for each blog, all users share the same tables, but each one gets his own stats.
    2. PHP errors with sidebar: please open detailed bug report and I`ll look into it (http://firestats.cc/newticket).
    3. sophisticated database options: not to be used when inside wpmu (Only site admin sees that, try to login as a regular user and you will see).

    and finally:
    this is beta, only use it for testing. when FireStats 1.4.0-beta will be released officially it will be time to do some more relaxed testing.
    at this point, I can’t guaranty that the 1.4.0-dev will be compatibly with the future 1.4.0-beta and chances are you will need to drop the FireStats tables when upgrading from 1.4.0-dev to any subsequent 1.4 release.

  3. jimgroom says:

    Hi Omry,

    Thanks for the comment. Actually, I checked FireStats under non-uber-admin user and I was greatly relieved -not nearly as scary. And while I understand this project is in Beta, beta just don;t mean what it used to. I will submit the error reports shortly and I want to let you know with this kind of support and feedback, I can’t imagine who wouldn’t use FireStats.

    Best,
    Jim

  4. omry says:

    well, I`d say that 1.4.0-dev is not even beta, it’s a development snapshot.
    anyway, I am glad the functionality of FireStats for non site admin user relaxed you :).
    stay tuned for 1.4.

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