Can I keep a simple page counter of visits to each page?
counter.phpΔ is a very simple page counter. For every page visited, it will increment a counter, sets a global variable
In your pages, you can embed it into a wikipage as follows:
If you want to use it in a template file, simply use the $PageCount variable.
The counter will update only when action=browse. So only visitors will increment the counters.
If you prefer one Counterfile you may try the modified function (counter-dba.phpΔ) which uses a DBA-Interface. Be aware that the interfaces may vary from provider to provider. DBM usually is not supported anymore by default, but the $db_type may be db3, db4, gdbm or others (see in phpinfo and search for DBA).
Comments & Bugs
Is there a limit for the number of hits that can be counted on a single page? Once I reach 2-million-something hits, the count seems to drop back to a 1-million-something figure randomly. Or could this be the result of the file not being properly written when a server PHP process timeout occurrs? --Henning August 22, 2007, at 08:11 AM
Very late answer, but yes, the script converts counts to Integers, which maxout around 2-million.
Thanks! Maybe there is some way to extend the counting range? Probably not an issue for most pages, it's just my main portal page that is affected. --Henning February 10, 2009, at 08:26 AM ... Hm, never mind, I somehow broke my counter and have now switched over to Cookbook.TotalCounter. --Henning February 20, 2009, at 06:27 AM ... I'm back to SimpleCounter now since TotalCounter has a size limit too. --Henning April 27, 2009, at 09:24 AM
Looking at the bit count, I wonder if the 2-million-count-loss issue is really a problem of integer size - 16-bit would be 32768, and 32-bit would be about 2 billion, not 2 million ... any ideas how to fix the script to work above 2 millions? --Henning April 27, 2009, at 10:43 AM
As the count on one of my pages just dropped back to a sub-1000 number from a 10000-plus number, there might not be a fixed limit at all, but a different kind of (or additional) problem ... --Henning May 06, 2009, at 05:16 AM
The above problem is most likely a race condition updating the counter file, as no locking is done. Here's a version I did that adds file locking, and seems to work for me: (counter-paxed-20091130.phpΔ) paxed November 30, 2009, at 01:40 PM
Paxed, many thanks! Your explanation makes perfect sense to me, so I have just installed your version on my system with the full confidence that it will solve the issue once and for all! :-) --Henning December 03, 2009, at 10:56 AM
Follow-up: SimplePageCounter has in fact been running flawlessly since December 2009, registering millions of hits on tens of thousands of pages. Thanks again! --Henning August 08, 2012, at 09:10 AM
Is there a way to make a page list ordered by the number of visits? If not, does "TotalCounter" does that and are the stats transferable from one system to another? (by Larienna September 3rd, 2012)
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