Matt has announced that WordPress has released a stats plugin for self-hosted WordPress uses that integrates your blog analytics into your dashboard.
I’m a huge fan of integration of analytics and making it easier for publishers to do as much as possible in one place. Since everyone who uses WordPress has to login to the dashboard to post, it’s going to be easy to check your stats quickly as well. I can save time to not have to go login an analytics application to get some quick blog stats, which means I have more time to create real value.
What does this mean for analytics companies? Probably not a ton, although it could hurt the blog-focused analytics packages a bit since WordPress integration will be easier and quicker for people to use, although I’m guessing less powerful.
I’m going to install it shortly and will give my thoughts on the stats it offers.
It won’t accept my WordPress.com API key. I’m using the same one I’m using for Akismet, and the WordPress.com Stats page that asks for it is suggesting I use that one and it won’t accept it.
Andy Skelton who worked on creating the plugin quickly emailed me and offered to help me out (great service!) and then eventually concluded that I need to upgrade WordPress. Doing so now…