When we sat down at an Austin cafe in 2005 and wrote the stats system, Matt and I had no idea what we were getting into. He created the databases and drew the little smiley face while I wrote the code. We had milk and cookies. It was really cute. We were naïve!
I swear it was Matt’s idea to store stats data as daily summaries in Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), which is why stats days have always ended at odd hours for non-Greenwichians. But even if I seem blameless, I failed to champion your cause soon enough. It is even more my fault than Matt’s.
And so today I present a gift. If you have set your blog’s time zone, your stats reports will honor that setting (in whole hours from -12 to +14). This upgrade is retroactive to the beginning of 2009. It affects all blogs using WordPress.com stats, even self-hosted blogs using the Stats plugin (version 1.4).
The best part is that any time you change your blog’s time zone, the stats reports change retroactively. This works because now we store data by the hour instead of by the day. I’ve written lots of new code and Barry is bringing many new systems online to cope with the additional data, and we do it all just to give you stats in your time zone. We really do like you.
Fantastic! Thanks :D
Perfect. A long desired feature, thanks!!
Me likes :)
Ah! That explains how I got an extra view yesterday today :)
Oh, and thanks :D
n1 plugin, thx!
Great! I’ve been wanting this for a really long time. Thanks!
At last! Ty very much.
Very useful to know – Thanks :)
Very nice! Thanks alot.
Keep the updates coming.
Nightgunner- no, there aren’t. There are however countries that move their time zone forward 1 or 2 hours for Summer Time. I would guess that’s what these guys have been cool enough to take into account.
I think the guy who came up with UTC also designed the LA freeways. Thanks for making it easier.
Nice, a big thanks from the UK, and what do you meen Nightgunner5 with “there are not 26 hous in a day”. I thought there was or at least it feels like there is
LOL! Nightgunner5 can proofread for me anytime. But good on ya, WP.
That explains why my visits today dropped by 20% between two checkings :-) It’s cool to know that this feature is working as it should, now. Thanks!
Huzzah! I knew something funny and wonderful was going on. :n) Thanks, WP.
The scientifically impossible I do right away
The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer
To be easier, thanks!
We’re on self-hosted and we sometimes get banned from the stats service ..probably because we break 100k+ pageviews per day sometimes ? Sent some emails, but didnt get any replies and we’re willing to pay for the service if needed.
Anyway this bug was annoying. Thanks for the fix.
Thank you so much. It is like a dream coming true. :)
YES FINALLY!!! THANK YOU!
Awesome ! :D
Since you have it, can we see “by the hour” data?
Have some more milk and cookies! :-D
Yeah… i just see my new blog stat.
Wow – I wondered why my stats changed overnight – that is cool!
thats great news. No more head scratching trying to figure out the stats! Now if i can only do something about these darn fleas…
Excellent update! Thanks!
And I just got used to ending my day at 4 PM! ;-)
Seriously, this is great! Thanks…
Uh… they seem to be screwed up. I assume this is a temporary situation but on the “stats” screen there is a growing discrepancy with what’s shown on the detailed statistics screen. It was a 25 “hit” difference earlier today, and is now about 35.
By the way, realizing that stats are not everything (and other than a rough estimate on the number of hits per month is more than enough information), is there a way to simply turn off the stats?
AWESOME! WordPress just keeps getting better and better! :mrgreen:
Thank you guys for all the hours you’ve no doubt put into this. Sounds like an excellent feature, one that will make my entire blogging troupe smile contentedly. Even though our Canadian reporter might not savor it too much, since our blog is Brazil-based and thus GMT-3… :)
Well this is nice, but what I’d really like to do is to thank you for your excellent stats system anyway. Long ago when I was young and foolish I started a blog with that other crowd and I still have that blog because it has a million travel photos which are dear to my heart. That other blog doesn’t even have a built in stats thingy, you have to find one and put it in – all of which was very challenging to the aging brain – and it’s nowhere near as good as the WP stats thingy anyway. I love checking my stats, have made all kinds of helpful discoveries about how to raise my online profile by watching to see which posts get traffic etc, and have even made new online friends by tracking back some of my visitors to their own blogs.
So thanks, gentlemen
from Lisa in Oz
Hopefully, it will make more sense now instead of an odd time during the day!
Thanks – the other was doable – but this is cool! Thank you!
Ummm for some reason…my stats stopped counting today….is that going to continue to be a problem? At the moment…the daily number of visitors has not changed for quite some time…even though…my referrer numbers are changing. Solution? (or just be patient :) )
Yeah! I’m in New Zealand and it really confused me at first that my stats were zero-ing out in the middle of the day. Well done!
I lost some hints with the update though… It says I had 283 last month, 131 this month (that’s 414 total, pitiful I know). But it says my total hits is 399, or 15 less than what it should be.
Awesome! That is so much better. Thank you!
Having the stats end not at midnight had always been a low grade bother for me. Behind being able to add polls to wordpress.com blogs, this is the best upgrade to WordPress in the 1+ year I’ve used WordPress.
I love that you’ve made this change- thanks!
But I was wondering why the blog stats graph on my dashboard or the main blog stats page shows one value for each day, but when I navigate to the summary tables I get a different value?
A very welcome upgrade :)
AWESOME!! I <3 WP!
I’m in +4 timezone and my stats was reseting at 4:00 Am…
p.s. So sweet story about cafe and milk :)
Great upgrade! Thanks Andy!
Nice. Now I understand why the number of visits in my blog got scrambled. But, this is a great upgrade. Thanks for the effort.
Cool – I was wondering what happened to the stats…
Thanks a lot :)
Good. I always hated being reminded of just how provincial I am. Now I’m right and the rest of the world is off.
Bravo! Even though I’m surrounded by folks who think in Zulu time – pilots and proper UK football fans – this will help me sort out what’s happening with my personal blog here at WP.
Especially since [I believe] about half my audience is outside the U.S., anyway.
This is brilliant! Thanks.
holy cow! this will be a sea change!
Ah-ha! That may explain an oddity I ran into just today!
I keep an excel spreadsheet of my daily stats. Today I noticed that all of them (recent ones) have changed slightly – but that the total has not moved appreciably. if you are “re-tallying” them from a different reference point, then they would all wiggle a bit day-to-day, wouldn’t they?
You folks do a fine job! Thank you!
So awesome Q(*_*Q)
since today I feel the real time same with the stats time at my region, thanks for this update
I was hoping for this for a long time. Thanks!
so will the detailed stats reconcile later today?
Thanks for this….even though I had just got used to ending my day at 7, lol. Great to see it…and now my monthly wrap up will be more accurate.
I think I’ve to install this to my self hosted wordpress. Great feature indeed.
Ah, that explains the strange numbers I was getting this morning and overnight here in Auckland, New Zealand. The day’s traffic suddenly halved!
I’m glad that you like us. =) Yay for WP.
A big Thank-you from me
Finally, yay! :)
Thank you Andy for doing the needful better late than never! Both you an Matt are guilty! ;)
billbennettnz – my traffic for the day suddenly doubled! Now I know why! Awesome work team :)
I am happy with this!
Ohhhhhh thanks. This one is a good improvement. WP rulez!
I always wondered why my stats were not the correct time! Thank you! I like, very much. :)
Now how can we get the RSS feeds to come in at our correct time zones?
On my other wordpress blog that uses feeds… It appears that articles are written in the future.
It’s a collaboration of Hawaii Big Island Bloggers work, however, when the site takes the RSS feed from their site it posts them as being posted way in the future.
(Hawaii is 3 hours different from even West Coast time)
love it… helps so much!
Thank you, I like you too! More every day…
Ah … thanks for fixing this atypically amateurish feature of the platform. :)
well actully there is 24 hours in the day
sweet beans!! And it’s ok matt (cuz we like you better anyway ;) )
Yes! Finally! :)
Ahh.. At last! Thank you guys!
I’ve just noticed, right on!
Thanks Andy. Love the upgrade
Thanks. Great update! I was just whining yesterday about blogs being in GMT (UTC).
Keep working on it. Totally screwed up. I look at the chart and have the usual abbreviated page views, those stats that have been tanking since the “the big rollout stats project” , and the blog tables are showing no hits at all today. Can’t complain, I’m getting my moneys worth.