New Page Counters

Today I finished writing and installing new site page counters. For most readers, this may be a curiosity at best. For some, a “why are you bothering us with this?” moment. For me, it’s a convenience. For our HOME page, it’s a more accurate counter.

1.  HOME COUNTER: The old HOME counter has always reflected the actual page hit counts we’ve been tracking since 1995. When we changed servers in May 2013, I had to rewrite the counter. To reduce database calls, I wrote counters to a flat file, which periodically broke. Worse, I believe it inflated the counts. I finally got tired of fixing that data file.

The result is a new routine that writes the count to the database (again), so there is no file to break. The code executes inside a new WordPress PHP Code widget. As far as I can tell, my code increments by exactly one every time the page is loaded, never more or less. Thanks to you, our  readers, the current HOME page count is somewhat over two million.

2. NEW DEPARTMENT COUNTERS. As a result of this effort, I was finally able to port my new code routine over to each of the other 9 departments. In the Sidebar of each department home page, COUNTER appears at the top. Department counts restart at 1. You’ll see counts ranging from 21 to a few hundred, and climbing from there.

I felt I had to drop multiple page counters when I went over to WordPress around ten years ago. I used to keep page counts for Photos, Commentary and so forth, on our old HTML pages, but that’s all ten year old data now. I just started over at zero. It is easier for me to look at the page, than look up server stats on the server, which is why I never did.

~~ Alex

 

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Three Million Pages

3,000,000 pagesOur site statistics accumulator reports we recently passed the three million mark for pages served to the world wide web readership. That’s a day’s work for any of the internet giants. It takes us little private websites a little longer! 🙂

Thanks to our Summitlake.com boosters, supporters, authors and photographers, and all our readers!

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Ten years Online

Hey, we noticed the counter on the Index page shows 1.55 million visits to this site since 1999. I realized I don’t even know exactly how long we’re been online. But after all, our motto right on the front page says, “Articles, stories, community and computer resources – the world of the original written word, on the World Wide Web since 1995.”

I thought: how would I find out?

Well, I did find a 1996 archive from our first site on long-defunct ISP Best.com. We had four departments: Computers, La Parola, PAUG and Stories & Fiction. (PAUG was our Mac computer club, itself long defunct).

The Stories & Fiction department has long since been renamed WRITING. Today, I added a Writing Notes page, not to replace WRITING, but to supplement it, one of our largest and most popular departments – with 267,400 hits since we added a counter. Writing Notes is a WordPress page (like this one), designed for briefer, “on the fly” notes. Please do check it out for additional background on why both WordPress and the traditional HTML pages each have their own value on a site.

Those you who’ve learned to check our At A Glance listings on the Home Index page know that we’ve been busy all over Summitlake.com. We have new photos from July vacation, and recent postings in My Notes, Computers and Commentary.

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