WordPress Stats Windows Gadget

Welcome to the official site for the WordPress Stats Windows Gadget. Here you will find the most current information about the configuration and the use of the gadget as well as any updates and fixes that are released. I hope that you find this gadget as helpful in managing your WordPress blog as I do.

Out of the Box – When you startup the gadget for the first time you will notice the “Configuration required” text at the bottom. Before you can view your stats and manage you blog you need to enter your blog information. Click on the wrench to open the gadget settings.

Settings – To use this gadget it must know two things: your blog uri, and your blog API key. The API key is like a password provided to you by WordPress and allows programs like this Windows Gadget to access statistical information. You can find it by logging into your WordPress account and clicking Users -> Personal Settings on the left hand navigation bar. At the top of the page you will see your API key. Copy and paste that into the Blog API Key text box.

Alternatively, you can enter your blog uri and click the Show Me link and a web browser will be opened directly to the page containing your API key.

Statistics – After you define the gadget settings and you click OK, the statistics for you blog will be loaded and you should see a graph like the one pictured above.

Tooltip – The tooltip that appears when hovering over a data point shows detailed information about the selected day optionally including the published posts for that day.

Menu Options – If you click the arrow on the bottom right corner of the gadget you will see various menu items that will allow you to administer your blog. If you double click on any of them, you will be taken directly to the corresponding page.

Since this gadget was written with the Silverlight 4 Framework, you must have Silverlight installed on your machine for it to run. If you don’t have it installed, you will see the following image appear when you place the gadget on your desktop. If you click on the image, Silverlight will be downloaded and installed.

64-bit Users: If you have a 64-bit system, this image will appear even if you have Silverlight installed. The problem is that there is no 64-bit Silverlight Framework (just as there is no 64-bit version of Flash) but there is a 64-bit Windows Sidebar application which is started by default if you have a 64-bit system. Thus, if you want to run this gadget, you will need to have the 32-bit version of the Windows Sidebar application startup when Windows starts. John McClelland has posted instructions here on how to solve this problem (it says it is for Windows Vista but it works on Windows 7 as well).

This Windows Gadget can be downloaded from the Windows Live Gallery here and the source code is available on CodePlex here.

If you run into any issues please let me know by posting to the Issue Tracker on CodePlex.


3 Responses to “WordPress Stats Windows Gadget”

  1. Hody Says:

    Hello Nick,
    I have this gadget installed on two systems and find it most useful. I am using it since last year but yesterday it stopped working on both machines and giving me an error message, saying: On Error occured. Sorry for the inconvenience (SystemFormatException)

    Its installed on Win7 64BIT German Languagepack (both machines)

    Can you help me out?

    • Nick Olsen Says:

      WordPress changed something on their end that caused the gadget to break. I have submitted an updated version to the Windows Live Gallery, please check in the next few days for version 1.0.4.

  2. JY Says:

    This is an excellent overview.

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