Stat Wars

With the release of WordPress v1.5, the battle to develop the number-one stats plugin has begun. Owen Winkler’s BAStats (download) is looking very promising. BAStats is the new kid on the block, but Owen has already packed it with features. BAStats is currently in the alpha stage of development. As a surprise, Randy Peterman has returned to the development of StatTraq. StatTraq is the former power-house of WordPress stats, but is not functional in WordPress v1.5 without the addition of a few hacks. Randy is currently taking suggestions for the next version of StatTraq and is planning to implement a fast and possibly javascript-powered interface. As for myself, I am currently happy with with StatCounter, though I do plan to switch to either BAStats or StatTraq v2 in the near future. It will be interesting to see how far along these two stat plugins are in a month’s time.

2 responses

  1. Just to set the record straight, I never saw this as a competition. I actually didn’t know StatTraq existed before someone referenced it when talking about BAStats.

    In fact, I was reading Randy’s site, and if he still wanted to discontinue StatTraq, I’d surely appreciate his help with improving BAStats. Unfortunately, I can’t currently access his site for some reason.

    Either way, it’s nice to have choices, and the different options actually do very different things.

  2. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to offend you. It just seemed interesting, with two full-featured stat programs being developed. I’m sure people will choose the one they desire. StatTraq works independently from the admin panel and is kind of designed for those who want to share their stats, where as it appears BAStats is designed for those who want to keep their stats to themselves (since it’s integrated into the admin panel). I still think it will be interesting to see how far along these two are in a month’s time.