ShortStat Widget

For your stat checkin' addiction


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What is this?

ShortStat Widget is a free Dashboard widget for OS X that offers quick access to Shaun Inman’s ShortStat on your web server.

How do I use it?

What you need:

1) Install ShortStat

Download Shaun Inman's ShortStat and follow the Read Me included with the package to configure it on your web server. Once you have ShortStat configured, place the Gateway File in the ShortStat directory on your web sever.

2) Install the Widget

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. If you’re using Safari, download the ShortStat Widget. When the widget download is complete, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you’re using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder, show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget’s icon in the Widget Bar to open it.

3) Configure the Widget

On the preferences (back) side of the widget, type the full website path to the Gateway File on your webserver (ex.

Using the Widget

Expanding and Collapsing

To view recent referrers to your website, click on the Expand Hot Zone (see Example 1).

Tip: Hold down the shift key before you click on one of the hot zones to see slow motion sliding!

The Tooltip

When you rollover a link in the Recent Referrers list, you will see a tooltip with the time and full URL of the referrer (see Example 2).

Go to Your Website

Click on your website name to go directly to your website (see Example 3).

Mutiple Instances

Want to check ShortStat on multiple websites? Drag unlimited instances of the widget on your Dashboard and conveniently check all your sites stats at once.


Wordpress gateway file (July 11, 9:02pm)

Luke Wertz has written a new gateway file for the ShortStat Widget that will work in conjunction with the Wordpress plugin wp-shortstat.

Dashboard for web developers (July 11th, 11:28am)

Lisa McMillan lists the ShortStat Widget as the number one widget in her Best of Dashboard for web developers article.

2,000+ downloads (July 8th, 9:22am)

The ShortStat Widget topped 2,000 downloads in early July and doesn't show any signs of slowing down. It has recently been featured on The Unofficial Apple Weblog and also on Todd Dominey's "Enjoying" list for June 2005 over at What Do I Know. Wes Childers said "Shortstat Widget has been the most useful widget to me so far".

Rave Reviews (June 15th, 2:27pm)

Gerard says: "This widget is the best thing since sliced bread"

Noah says: "...This widget bypasses the smoking stage and pretty much pumps stats straight into your veins."

Dave says: " just added to my shortstat addiction." adds ShortStat Widget (June 15th, 2:15pm)

The folks over added have added the ShortStat Widget into their directory.

Apple approves ShortStat Widget (June 14th, 10:19pm)

The one and only ShortStat Widget has been added to the Dashboard directory on Apple's website.

Intial Feedback (June 14th, 4:50pm)

The ShortStat widget has received very positive feedback from The Big Noob readers. Also, Shaun Inman was kind enough to link up the widget on his new, redesigned website.

ShortStat Widget Released (June 14th, 12:00am)

Put on your party hats, the official ShortStat Widget is out in the wild.

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