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Holy Moly! Graphical visitor stats for your blog.

By Byrne Reese
Posted August 16, 2007, in Plugins.

Check out the latest plugin from the community: real time visitor statistics for your Movable Type 4.0 dashboard. Mark Carey, the developer of the plugin and the guy behind the very popular site MT Hacks has been busy building a number of different plugins specifically designed for MT4, not to mention updating some of his other popular plugins like Fast Search and some user interface plugins to customize the user interface to work better for him.

Visitor Stats Screenshot

And that's not all, the community has produced a number of other great plugins in the last couple of days. For example, those of you pining for the olden days, Arvind has made a great retro dashboard widget called "My Blogs" which surfaces an MT3 style blog listing widget for your MT4 dashboard. Cool!

And for those of you pining for the even older days, you might recognize the name of another one of our plugin authors: Ben Trott. His Refeed plugin makes it easier than ever to turn any RSS or Atom feed into posts on your blog. I know I plan to use this plugin personally to aggregate my twitters, my Flickr photos, my Vox posts into a single unified system.

What plugins would you like to see the community work on?


Ansia on August 17, 2007, 5:34 a.m. Reply

Very good job. I like graphical stats better than numeric ones.

Lutz-R. Frank

Lutz-R. Frank on August 20, 2007, 2:12 a.m. Reply

Love this plugin - Thank You very much - it fit’s perfectly into the MT4 ‘feeling’. One one little issue - the sidebar widget test was awfully big, so I didn’ install it.

Kevin on August 21, 2007, 8:42 a.m. Reply

This is nice, but why does it write to mt-static? Hint: static.

Kevin on August 21, 2007, 10:47 a.m. Reply

Thanks Byrne. The problem is that I’ve tried to put mt-static in a “static” area of the file system (e.g. /usr/share/movabletype) and want to effectively mount it read-only. (Or chmod 444 for files, anyway.)

Kevin on August 21, 2007, 11:17 a.m. Reply

Right, it’s web accessible, but the user as whom the web server is running isn’t provided write-access to mt-static. That is, mt-static structure, is readable, but not writable. Which, for static content is as it should be. But then the ‘support’ directory can’t be generated and log information can’t be written to it. As it shouldn’t be.

PlasticMind []

PlasticMind [] on August 21, 2007, 6:33 p.m. Reply

Has anyone got the ‘list visit’ link working when you click on a days bar to get the link that appears below the chart? I get an error message when following the link that says “unknown error occurred - Unknown action listvisit”. The url in the link is If it’s working for you, did you have to do anything special to get it to work, or was it ok from the start?


sernakPlywood on November 12, 2007, 1:21 a.m. Reply

The reason the graph is written to the mt-static directory despite it being semi-dynamic content is that mt-static is assured to be web accessible by your browser thanks from argplywood and sernak


sernakPlywood on October 9, 2009, 12:47 a.m. Reply

Thank you very much

Sernak Dil Akademisi

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson on July 11, 2012, 10:49 a.m. Reply

I am still using this plugin for my blogs even I have upgrated it.


Calla on August 4, 2012, 10:18 p.m. Reply

Does it show from where the visitors are comming?


Brandan on November 14, 2012, 1:53 a.m. Reply

I think the Moveable Type version 5 and above come with these plugin as the main one when we talk about counting of the visitors.

Agatha M

Agatha M on November 25, 2012, 3:54 p.m. Reply

Arvind Satyanarayan had done a tremendous job. I really like his plugin and I still use it, even with Movable Type 5+ series. Great plugin which return me in the time when I start with Movable Type as CMS.


Zandra on December 14, 2012, 2:19 a.m. Reply

Mark Carey work is awesome. His plugins and themes are great. I have his newest theme - bootstrap on few of my sites. Keep working :) We do appreciate your work :)

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.