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Bugs in the Wild: WordPress Total Views

Posted by Steve on February 21, 2008

There was a bug that I noticed today (as well as in the past few months) right here in wordpress. There seems to be an issue with the ‘Best Day’ and ‘Total view’ count on the blog stats page.

As can be seen in the attached picture, it says that my best day was ‘ Saturday September 23rd 2006’. This is impossible since I did not start this blog until September 2007. Furthermore the Total view count is terribly low, it is marked as 35, when I know for a fact I have many times received 35 views in a single day.

I find it odd that this bug has been present for about 2 months or so now. The problem is intermittent though. I have seen days were it actually has been fixed and does display the correct numbers. I also am very curious as to how they calculate those numbers, because all of the information is available from different sources. There is a graph that displays page views per day and there is also a section where an actual count is given per post that you have made. It seems odd to me that these functions work properly but the one mentioned above does not. It just shows that because one similar feature works does not necessarily mean that all the related others will.

–Steve

PS: I have done a little research and it appears tickets have been opened to let wordpress know of the issue.

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One Response to “Bugs in the Wild: WordPress Total Views”

  1. Adam White said

    Steve,

    Nice post – Glad to see you are still blogging while in school. Great initiative and time management.

    There is another bug in wordpress that I’m going to blog about – it relates to pasting adsense code in the code area when writing a post.

    There is another bug that I’ve found which is when using a version that is hosted – choosing “remember me” doesn’t work. I haven’t done any research into this to see if it has been logged.

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