Do slideshows generate separate stats?
Last night it occurred to me that if I posted single photos as slideshows, readers could view them on that highly desirable black background. So I changed my two most recent photo posts. This morning I noticed that those single-photo slideshows seem to be generating their own separate statistics. I’m getting stats for views of the post and separate stats for views (or clicks?) of the slideshows. Is it normal for slideshows to do this?
The blog I need help with is piedtype.com.
I hope this helps and apologize in advance if it doesn’t.
When you publish a post or a page with a gallery, the so-called “attachment pages” you get when clicking on each thumbnail adopt your default Settings, not the options you select in the post or page editor.
Whatever you change in your Settings will apply to posts or pages you create after you’ve made that change: it won’t affect already created posts or pages.
So the only way to have gallery attachment pages with no comment field is to disable commenting in Settings>Discussion before creating gallery posts or pages, (and override it in the Discussion module of the post/page editor for posts/pages in which you do want to allow commenting).
So how is that relevant? I think it answer the question re: separate stats. I think stats on attachment pages are counted separately but as I’m not sure I tagged this thread for a Staff response.
I’ve never understood “attachment pages.” I’ll have to bone up on that. There have been no comments on the images in question, but maybe the fact that the comment fields are available is causing the separate stats. Now that you mention it, this has occurred before: specific images within a multi-image slideshow have sometimes appeared separately in the stats. (I rarely do slideshows, so am not familiar with their eccentricities.)
Meantime, another question: There are more views for the slideshow (the one image) than for the post. How are visitors getting to the slideshow without first viewing the post?
justpi and justjennifer are whiz kids when it comes to images and I am not. Hopefully, one or both will chime in here.
How are visitors getting to the slideshow without first viewing the post?
Google image search, Bing image search, Yahoo image search … etc.
Of course! Doh! And yet a normal image, viewed via image search, does not generate its own view stats. So I guess it’s as you said, the result of the slideshow images being attachment pages with comment fields.
Thanks. I’ve been enlightened. Given another 10 years, I might eventually understand everything on WordPress (which by then, of course, will have changed completely).
I’m not sure about the answers I provided here. I’m hoping that justpi or justjennfier or both will post and enlighten us both.
And another note: The separate slideshow views show up in Top Posts on my stats page but not in the Top Posts widget on my home page. Curiouser and curiouser …
Maybe not and here’s why. All data in widgets is cached data so it takes time to update.
Attachment pages generate views, and each individual image in a gallery carousel generates a view, but slideshows do not: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/
Interesting. Bookmarking. Thank you.
Okay, I think I understand. I’m not going to change my current settings because I like the way the two posts look now — full sized images, not thumbnails. Also, if changing the settings from what they are now is going to change the appearance of prior “mosaic” displays, I don’t want to ruin them.
As a note to WP, it seems to me the different gallery/slideshow settings and types should be exclusive to each post, not global for the entire blog. When I’m choosing a certain presentation for a new post, I shouldn’t have to worry about my choices changing a bunch of my older posts (almost 2,000 on my blog) — each of which was careful designed and laid out at the time. At the very least, somewhere in the slideshow/gallery dialogue it should mention that whatever choices are made will be applied to ALL previous posts, not just the current one.
In any case, thanks for the reply.
Gallery types can be chosen exclusively per post: http://en.support.wordpress.com/images/gallery/#manage-gallery-styles-individually
The only setting which affects all posts is choosing Mosaic as the default at Settings -> Media in your blog’s Dashboard.
Thanks, macmanx. I think I’ve got it now. If I forget, I’ve got everything bookmarked.
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