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New Woopra WordPress Plugin Adds Author and Category Tracking!

Woopra News - July 29th, 2010 by .

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Wow! I’ve got some of the biggest news for the Woopra WordPress Plugin users in a long time! Today we’ve released a brand new version, Woopra WordPress Plugin 1.4.7, which incorporates the ability to keep track of Authors and Categories for reporting purposes!

You can download Woopra WordPress Plugin from the WordPress Plugin Directory. If you have been using an old version, we recommend that you use FTP to delete the old directory and upload the new version manually. You can try the auto-upgrade, but we recommend a clean install for this version, especially if you have been getting errors in the past. If you had errors and chose to install Woopra manually, please remove the Woopra JavaScript from your WordPress Theme first, then install the Woopra WordPress Plugin to avoid double stats.

Author Tracking

To enable Author and Category tracking, after upgrading the WordPress Plugin:

  1. Go to Settings > Woopra and select the Track Authors and Categories option. Save the settings.
  2. In the Woopra Desktop Client installed on your computer, go to Analytics > Custom > Add Analysis.
  3. Create a new Custom Event and name it, for instance, “Authors” and select “Custom Events.”
  4. Enter the key name “author” in the form. The word must be singular and all in lowercase.
  5. Click Add Analysis.
  6. The report is now added to your Custom Reports and Analysis list.

This feature is fantastic for anyone running a multi-author blog because it now allows you to keep track of each author’s total page views separately! For example, here is a sample from the GeekBeat.TV blog after being run for a few hours:

Category Tracking

But wait, there’s more! You can do the same thing for Categories on your blog, giving you a chance to really see what are the hottest topics for your visitors.

Using the above method, set the Custom Analysis report name as “Categories” and use the key “category”. After you save it, the report should generate immediately in the Custom Reports panel!

For Non-WordPress Users

What if you are not running WordPress? The good news is that this is also available to you. This is new core functionality is now built into Woopra and ready for everyone to try. You’ve got two options for making this work on your site.

  1. If you are using a different CMS, hunt down the Plugin, script, or add-on developer and send them a link to the post and ask them to update their plugin. We’ll give them assistance if necessary, just invite them to join our Woopra Forums.
  2. If you are a coder, check out our updated JavaScript Guide to see how to implement these in your custom code or plugin.

Have fun with your new reporting functionality. We’re eager to hear the lessons learned from tracking this new data. If you would like more features added to the Woopra WordPress Plugin, your feedback is also welcome. We’re working on it constantly and look for your input on helping us improve it.

Other Improvements

In addition to adding categories and authors to the Woopra WordPress Plugin, a lot of bugs have been stomped to the ground, including one associated with server issues for a few running older web hosting setups. We’ve also improved support for custom tracking with the Woopra JavaScript. We’ll be improving even more on this in the future, so let us know what type of events you wish to be tracked in your custom reports.

Also, give a round of applause to our intern, Mario Achkar who has been working overtime on updating the WordPress Plugin and helping us with some other innovative and exciting projects coming to Woopra very soon.

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