Transferring Website Stats
Charles Snyder Raw #127 – Transferring Website Stats. So this time around I am answering a question about WordPress sent to us by Allana. She wants to know:
“Can I [Transfer Website Stats] from a free WordPress.com website to a self-hosted one?” – Allana A.
Thanks for the question, Allana! Since you are moving to a self-hosted version of WordPress, the question is do you really want to. As I say in the video, I never tried it, but I’m pretty sure you can with the JetPack plugin. But your standalone WordPress website is going to perform differently than it is on WordPress.com.
I would recommend not transferring your stats, just your content and users. For example, if you were to add Google Analytics to your self-hosted site, you’ll begin to see that your stats differ. Even your hosting provider should have some basic tools for measuring site traffic and those will differ too. So don’t rely on just one source of analytics alone.
Since we are already talking about multiple tools for measuring website traffic, why not mention some other tools too?
If you use Facebook or Instagram for advertising, you’ll want to add the Facebook Pixel to your website as well. So you’re probably already guessing correctly that you will get different stats there. Back in #84 – Winking In The Dark, I talked about using the Facebook Pixel, if you would like to know more about it. And that’s not even mentioning the Google Pixel and other similar tools you can use.
So in summary, Transferring Website Stats is not really a good idea. Thanks again for the question Allana!
A Word About Quora
I no longer answer questions like Transferring Website Stats on Quora. There are no checks and balances in place for the rampant censorship by some moderators. And to make matters worse, inquiries about the anonymous censorship that goes on there have yet to see any reply. I will continue to help others, I just won’t be wasting my time on that website. Say Goodbye Quora!