Recent News From Slim Stat Analytics Plugin Authors
It looks like Slim Stat has recently joined the growing number of companies that are finding it hard to keep things moving forward without spending a fortune. Slimstat’s recent update was stricktly a news release, but it does show a growing concern when it comes to the WordPress community.
Let’s not forget that many plugin and theme authors make little or no real sizable income from their projects. While I know there are many “pro” versions of stuff, not everyone is using them. It all depends on the features you need and the budget you possess.
You can’t blame anyone these days for opting to take on a full time job. Our best wishes go out to Luigi in his new career endeavor.
This also might mean that there is opportunity for anyone out there looking for a support role for a fantastic plugin. I am sure someone out there will drop the Slim Stat staff an email if they wish to volunteer. It could be a great learning chance if they decide to go that route.
Slim Stat Analytics
Author: Jason Crouse
Last Updated: 9/28/2016
Requires: 3.8+ or higher
Compatible up to: 4.6.1
Average 5-Star Rating: 5
- [Note] You may have noticed that our support service has become slightly less efficient in the last couple of months. Aside from having our (small) team use their summer vacation days, our support specialist Luigi found a full-time job and decided to start the next chapter of his career. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. At the same time, we are investigating our options to keep providing the excellent level of support that many people mention when leaving a 5-star review for Slimstat. In order to scale up and attract new talent, we might decide to switch to a paid support model, where our users will need to purchase packages to get help for nontrivial requests. Please stay tuned while we discuss this internally.
- [New] We’ve been working on optimizing the Browscap User Agent data file, and following the model we introduced a while ago, we implemented a feature that keeps the data file always up-to-date, by automatically downloading the latest version. So far, we were forced to release a Slimstat update in order to distribute a new version of the data file, which was not ideal. By switching to a dynamic workflow, you will not need to update Slimstat anymore in order to have the latest version of Browscap running on your server. Also, the plugin zip file is much smaller now. Cool, huh?
I do hope the Slim Stat team does come up with a solution. I think it is a great plugin and love using it on most of my sites. I works well and it really would be a shame to see if lag behind due to a support issue. Perhaps the community could pick up a few tickets here and there.
IMPORTANT EDIT: At the time of updating this plugin I received the following error,
Fatal error: Unsupported operand types in /plugins/wp-slimstat/browscap/browscap-db.php on line 77829
My solution and suggestion at this time would be to remain with the Version 4.4.1 if this continues to happen. I have not attempted a fresh install of the current version, but will try that ad update if it works.
The easiest way to fix the problem is to login to either FTP or your Cpanel file manager and rename the folder your slimstat is in, usually:
just rename the folder and WordPress will disable it.
rename it back to normal, then refresh your logged in wordpress admin panel, go to the plugins and delete the slimstat plugin.
Then go here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-slimstat/developers/
and download the previous version 4.4.1 and reinstall the plugin.
I hope this helps anyone who has upgrade and is not quite sure what went wrong.