Update 2015-03-16: More hacks to the new stats page
If you blog on WordPress.com, you’ve probably encountered the new stats page. It currently looks something like this:
There’s been a big uproar about it and the overall UI change that WordPress.com is undergoing, with multiple forum threads created to complain about them (see Massive changes to the WP interface, Stats Classics: How to set?, and Classic Stats: How to set TWO, not closed., to name a few). It seems that much of the focus on the redesign was towards making the interface more mobile-friendly, and the desktop experience has suffered because of that. The first version had only one column, but now they’ve added two columns after seeing some of the complaints. Thankfully, the old stats page is still available for now, but the plan is to retire it eventually.
The sidebar isn’t collapsible in the current version, taking up a good chunk of screen space on the desktop. A desktop user probably has a fairly wide monitor, and it’s nice to use all that width, but the non-collapsing sidebar doesn’t allow for efficient use of that width. One of the suggestions was to make the menu collapsible. So, until the developers fix this, in preparation for the impending retirement of the old stats page, I decided to quickly hack together a user style to collapse the sidebar:
Hovering over the sidebar makes it fly out:
I’m still one to use the old stats page for now, but this will definitely make using the new stats page more bearable.
Anyone wanting to voice concerns on the stats page, please make a post in the forums These hacks shouldn’t be necessary since it should be the WordPress.com team responding, but in the meantime, they’re here for you to ease things while we wait.
- Wide Stats For New WordPress.com Stats user style
- Stylish for Firefox
- Stylish for Chrome
- Stylish for Opera
- Stylish for Safari
- Forum thread for new stats page concerns