It can happen to everyone of us: just install the SlimStat plugin for WordPress and blam – blog gone. What stays is an blank blog. So I wrote this short step-by-step fix, how to install SlimStat correctly.
First, you should check if a table for SlimStat was created in the MySQL database (PREFIX_slimstat), if the PHP memory limit is big enough and – this was my failure – if the SlimStat cache is writeable. In case of the last point, make the folder writeable for all:
After the next call of SlimStat a folder cache/ with the rights of the Apache server will be created. Instead of using a permanent full write access we hand the folder over to the control of the Apache server.
Now, we can remove the access for non-owner (other) with
The reason, why I chose the SlimStat plugin out of a plenty of statistical plugins, was a clear set of function instead of a lot less necessary functions about when, how long and whatever a browser touches your blog. And another argument: you are not dependent on notifiable services like Google Analytics, which – nevertheless it’s Google – can have also some pros. Btw. the first information of interest offered by the SlimStat plugin: it seems like this little GoogleBot fellow scans the whole Internet – everyday. Interesting…