Configuring WordPress Popular Posts Settings
The next step in the guide to getting the best out of the WordPress Popular Posts plugin is to configure the Settings.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) To find the settings for WordPress Popular Posts, head to the Dashboard and scroll down the left-hand sidebar until you find Settings and click on that.
Step 3) On the Settings page, scroll down the dropdown and click on WordPress Popular Posts.
Step 4) You will see on the WordPress Popular Posts page that you have a few options on a Toolbar at the top. The FAQ Toolbar will answer any questions you have, and the About section will tell you about the plugin you have installed. The info in the About section will change with every update of the plugin, so check in from time to time to see what is new and what has changed.
The first and most important section of the toolbar are the Stats. From this page, you will be able to see which posts are getting the most traffic, based on a radius of 24 hours, last 7 days, last 30 days and all time. The posts will appear in a list formation, and is useful for marketing your content and seeing what content you should focus on writing more of. You can alter the stats page by choosing what order the list comes in (based on views, comments or daily views) and you can display posts published within a selected time range.
Step 5) The Parameters section of the toolbar informs you as to what parameters are doing what to your plugin, your posts and your stats. For example, the current settings below will mean that there will be a daily list of 10 most popular posts, and the list will be based on the number of post views.
You can customise them using the Template Tag and Shortcode provided on the page if you so wish. Give the section a read first to see if you like what you see before making any changes.
Step 6) The Tools section of the Toolbar allows you to set a default Thumbnail for your most popular posts. Alternatively, you can choose to use the featured image or first image on the post as the thumbnail. Click Apply when you have made your decision.
Step 7) The Data section is useful because you can alter what stats come through on your report. For example, you can have your stats logged only from visitors (cutting out any from Admin or registered users), only registered users, or everyone. You can also enable caching plugins so that the popular posts are still stored in the data. The listing refresh can be customised to every hour, day, week or whenever you like, which is useful for extremely busy sites. You can experience slowdown if the stats are constantly being recounted whilst the site is busy.
Step 8) On the Miscellaneous section, you can decide whether to open links in the same window or in a new tab or window. You can also use the plugins stylesheet to style the popular posts listing, or disabled the stylesheet if you already have your own in place.
Step 9) There are two separate tables in WordPress Popular Posts that are stored: Daily stats and historical stats. You can choose to empty the cache to manually clear entries at any time, or opt to clear all the data in its entirety.
This concludes our guide of the WordPress Popular Posts plugin.