I was faced with a very big challenge of how to record my blog statistics and I was paying critical attention to my server as I did not want to ignite a persistent server load.
WordPress.com Stats was an excellent plugin that did the job perfectly without added load to your server. But since support for this plugin no longer exists and it being integrated into the official Jetpack by WordPress.com plugin, it became a nightmare to have just the Jetpack plugin without all the unnecessary modules which are activated by default once you install and activate it.
You can still download the WordPress.com Stats plugin but you leave your blog to vulnerability since it was last updated in 2011.
What Do I Do?
Introducing Jetpack Lite
After forgetting about WordPress.com Stats and relying on StatCounter to do the job for me, I some how came across this fantastic plugin; Jetpact Lite.
Now, Jetpack is not an official WordPress plugin from Automattic or WordPress.com. It is a modified version of the official Jetpack plugin by Samuel Aguilera. Samuel has created 10 other incredible plugins for WordPress and Jetpack Lite being the 2nd most downloaded, with figures at over 34,000 downloads.
The plugin Author removed every other module from the official Jetpack plugin leaving only Stats module which has the same features as WordPress.com Stats. WP.me Shortlinks module is also included in the lite verson created by Samuel. So basically it’s the same plugin but with a streamlined code and reduced files to fit your exact preference.
Like the official Jetpack plugin, you will be asked to login to your WordPress.com account which will authenticate with your API. You will also have to deactivate and/or delete the official Jetpack plugin if its already installed in your blog.
If you where thinking about having something like WordPress.com Stats and you are not comfortable with the official Jetpack WordPress plugin, you can simply download Jetpack Lite; the “not-official version” and the best alternative to Jetpack by WordPress.com.
The author has promised upgrades to Jetpack Lite which is currently compatible with the latest version of WordPress; Version 3.6.