If you recall my last post about the download counter plugin for WordPress; well, today I have an update to the usefulness of this plugin. While OpenNTF is a great tool to share source code, widgets and sometimes binaries, it may not reflect how many people are actually using the widget. If the widget accessed a remote site you could potentially figure out how many different clients connect to the server but none of my widgets do that, so I am left with download counts on OpenNTF and from my own site.
You can see the Attachment Viewer download statistics on OpenNTF:
Attachment Viewer – Releases
And here are the statistics for the Multiple Database Search project:
Multi-Database Search Plugin – Releases
The problem with this is I really don’t know how many people are actually using it! And to be honest I don’t think I ever will because someone could download it and distribute it freely – oh well. So what I wanted to do was provide the binaries on my site and provide the widget XML so end users can install it themselves, without having to look at the source code. You can see the numbers are very close, so this means the readers of this site closely mirror the people who are also downloading on OpenNTF – well that’s a loose theory anyway.
For reference, here are the widgets you can use to install the different projects: