Clicky Tracking for WordPress

October 30th, 2009 – 47 Comments

ClickyThe guys at Clicky recently wrote a post asking someone to re-develop their WordPress plugin. Since I have quite a bit of code lying around for what they needed, I emailed them and told them I’d be happy to build it. If you don’t know Clicky, you really should check it out, it’s a pretty solid analytics package with some cool realtime features, be warned though: their “Spy” feature is quite addictive…

Update: the plugin is now out of beta and on, search for Clicky in your backend and install it, or download it from the Clicky plugin page!

For a 1.0, this plugin has a pretty decent feature set:

  • Automatically adding your Clicky tracking code everywhere:
    • Option to ignore admins
    • Option to store names of commenters
    • Option to track posts & pages as goals and assign a revenue to that page or post
  • An overview of your site’s statistics on your dashboard
  • Integration with the Short URL service:
    • Automatically create a short link for each now post and page
    • Option to automatically tweet posts and pages on publish

It’s using my backend class for it’s admin UI, so it looks nice and clean (click for larger version):

Clicky configuration page

And it adds a box to your edit post / edit page screen in which you can decide to Tweet the post or not if you’ve got those settings enabled and define the goal tracking variables:

Clicky box on edit post and edit page screen

47 Responses to Clicky Tracking for WordPress

  1. Bill Gram-Reefer
    By Bill Gram-Reefer on 24 November, 2009

    One of the things I don’t see Clicky do is report what it can on comment access

    I understand that comments appear below post so any click thru to single post would include comments but am curious if a click thru from a plugin like Recent Comments counts just as a post view? What if it could count comments as separate page to be accessed like that plugin that creates virtual pages for each comment? In any event, I am wondeering if Clicky could be made more comment smart, aware, or friendly?

  2. Michael Erb
    By Michael Erb on 23 November, 2009

    After installing the 1.0.6 update to clicky I now get this error in Dashboard

    The page isn’t redirecting properly
    Firefox has detected that the server is redirecting the request for this address in a way that will never complete.

    Any ideas?

  3. Pune
    By Pune on 21 November, 2009

    I was searching for new analytic tool, Nice tool

  4. Roy
    By Roy on 16 November, 2009

    This is the first time I’ve heard this analytics tool. Maybe I’ll try it out on one of my sites, if it performs better than google analytics.

  5. dimaks
    By dimaks on 13 November, 2009

    to those who have used the plugin already, how does it compare to google analytics?

  6. Richard
    By Richard on 13 November, 2009

    That’s wicked! I really like Clicky, and the plugin makes everything even easier.

  7. TrafficColeman
    By TrafficColeman on 11 November, 2009

    Thanks allot Joost,

    I will diffidently add this to my blog asap. I’m always keeping up with your
    post. This Clicky plugin will give me not only another way to just track all my stats .
    Plus thanks for helping me implementing Google Analytics into my blog also.

    I will get to installing it today, and getting it all set. I will let you know how it goes.

    Thank Bro

  8. Walter Vos
    By Walter Vos on 4 November, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    Nice plugin. I don’t use Clicky but I’ve made a plugin similar to what you have done with the URL shortener here (vlam-a-post).

    Anyway, is that backend class you speak of open source? Could we use it in our own plugins? If so, where can I get a clean copy?


    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 4 November, 2009

      It is open source, just download the plugin, the backend class is a separate file in there. It’s modified a bit here for Clicky branding purposes, in my other plugins like Google Analytics for WordPress you’ll find a “cleaner” version.

    By on 3 November, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    Will the plugin include language files (I checked and it doesn’t seem to at present).

    Thanks for your work.


    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 3 November, 2009

      Yeah I’ll make it possible to translate it in the next release, I won’t do any translating myself though :)

        By on 3 November, 2009

        My Dutch is a bit rusty, but as the plugin’s in english, I’ll can take care of the french version ;)

        • Joost de Valk
          By Joost de Valk on 3 November, 2009

          1.0.3 is now available, it’s localizable and it comes with a Dutch translation (had to test it on something ;)).

          • Joost de Valk
            By Joost de Valk on 3 November, 2009

            either email, joost at this domain, or in here would be fine :)

            By on 3 November, 2009

            Hi Joost,

            French translation done but I have noticed a couple of tiny bugs with the internationalisation. What’s the best way to share them with you and what do you need from me ?

  10. fedexx
    By fedexx on 2 November, 2009

    hey, nice plugin, i’m gonna check it out. xD pplz like you make wordpress rock.. stanks

  11. Michael
    By Michael on 2 November, 2009

    I have installed the clicky plugin and configured it with the my site ID, etc

    When I go to Dashboard>Clicky Stats, the resulting area on the Dashboard page where stats should be displayed is blank. Are you aware of any plugin conflicts with this?

  12. RobbyAnz
    By RobbyAnz on 2 November, 2009

    I love Clicky!
    IMHO the best analytic tools of the web.
    The perfection will be when it will can to trace the AdSense click!
    It will can to trace the AdSense click??? ;)

  13. Stevo
    By Stevo on 2 November, 2009

    Cool beans. I’ve been looking for new analytics package.

  14. Bobby
    By Bobby on 1 November, 2009

    Great news about this plugin, we’ve been using woopra but had to change due to the site load times being so slow.

  15. Tinh
    By Tinh on 1 November, 2009

    VEry useful service, It is worth to try. Thanks

  16. Paul Patrick Dale
    By Paul Patrick Dale on 31 October, 2009

    Joost, I may be mistaken, but it appears that only paid accounts have a “site-id”, “site-key” and
    “admin-site-key” which are needed to configure the plugin Or, maybe I’m looking in the wrong
    place for it. ?

    • Paul Patrick Dale
      By Paul Patrick Dale on 31 October, 2009

      Simple confusion now overcome. Ignore my question.

    • Sean
      By Sean on 31 October, 2009

      All sites have this information! It’s listed on the main preferences page for your web site on Clicky.

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  18. NI-Limits
    By NI-Limits on 31 October, 2009

    We were excited to hear that Clicky were releasing a new plugin, and knowing that you are behind it ensures it will be a stable tool, but will it be supported for WordPress MU and BuddyPress, as these are growing platforms and ideal considerations for a new plugin of this nature…?

    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 31 October, 2009

      We will probably start supporting WP MU in one of the upcoming releases. I’m currently maintaining a plugin for Google Analytics and for Clicky, and am working on a third one for another analytics package, I’m looking into giving them the same codebase so I can easily support WP MU across all three of them.

      • Patrick C. Price
        By Patrick C. Price on 2 November, 2009

        WP MU support would be awesome, especially if one plugin works for 3 analytics tools. :-)

      • Sean
        By Sean on 31 October, 2009

        Just curious – what other analytics package do you speak of?

      • NI-Limits
        By NI-Limits on 31 October, 2009

        Sounds promising – good luck! :-)

    By on 30 October, 2009

    Like the idea but since I installed am getting no stats. Have disabled supercache even but still nothing. Any suggestions would be greatfully appreciated.



    • Joost de Valk
      By Joost de Valk on 30 October, 2009

      Hey James, have you entered your code in the backend? And do you have a wp_footer call in your theme’s footer.php?

  20. Jared
    By Jared on 30 October, 2009

    I have a handful of clients who use clicky – they will be very pleased by this. Can’t complain with easier integration :D Nice work.

  21. James
    By James on 30 October, 2009

    Thanks Joost! Very cool..definitely like the fact that I can now get quick basic traffic data right within wp. Now if I can figure out how to use the and twitter feature…

  22. Paul Anthony
    By Paul Anthony on 30 October, 2009

    I’ve heard a lot of people have experienced speed issues with Woopra’s tracking code. But yes if you are going real time, defo worth a look. I’ve reviewed a couple before.

  23. E.J. Semeijn
    By E.J. Semeijn on 30 October, 2009

    You should also checkout I have been using it since it release on april 2008. They have a webinterface but you can also spy upon your visitors with their desktop software and Live view. Best part is that it’s without any cost (unlike Clicky).

    • R. Moose
      By R. Moose on 4 November, 2009

      Both Woopra and Clicky have a free level of service. However, Woopra is limited to 30k views per MONTH versus Clicky at 3k per DAY (or about 93k per month.)

      Of course, it really depends on what features are most important. You might also want to check out the comparison chart at Clicky.

      Then again, it also depends on what type of site you are running. The Terms of Service for Woopra specifically limits the ‘free plan for personal or non-commercial use.’

      BTW, I have used Woopra since November 22, 2008 and do like it for the most part (but there is definitely room for improvement.) My main issue is that it is a bit pricey which they said is due to features like SSL and Live Chat. Both features that I don’t use. =/

  24. Kevin Burns
    By Kevin Burns on 30 October, 2009

    Outstanding work, we have been using Clicky for a couple of years and this looks to be another winner :)

  25. Dennis Sievers
    By Dennis Sievers on 30 October, 2009

    Hi Joost,

    Great news! We’ve been using getClicky for a while now, and a working clicky plugin was high on my wishlist.

    I’ll be testing it this weekend and might send you my feedback if I have any!

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