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Tuesday, December 20th, 2005

Visitor Maps

Aren’t these cool? They’re screenshots off Sitemeter from yesterday. They only have the last one hundred visitors to my site, so the pattern of dots changes constantly – right now I don’t show any from Africa or South America, but I’ve had several visits from both in the last couple of days. Also, the balance in these shots is tilted towards North America over Europe. When it’s evening in Europe, the balance typically tilts there.

World map of last 100 visitors to Greg R

European Map of last 100 visitors to Greg R

North American Map of last 100 visitors to Greg R

I was recently looking into web mapping applications so that I could display something like this on my own website without using an external host. I could have sworn I saw exactly the same world map, in flash, as an open source project on SourceForge, but I couldn’t find it again last night. If anyone recognizes these, can you let me know which project it is? Maybe I initially dismissed it because it required loading on the hosting machine, which I don’t think my hosting supplier allows – at least, not without upgrading my account.

Still, something like this would require exactly the same type of underlying visitor recording that I’m considering for the plugin I’ve been discussing with my new-found Dutch friends, and would probably need only the simplest of overlays using the Google Maps API. But the big problem is time. My first online priority right now should be spiffying up my daughter’s color guard website, not coding plugins. Besides, I searched Google for wordpress openid, and saw a lot of calls for WP to integrate OpenID support to the core WordPress files. Add me to the list of supporters! It is an official suggestion for the 1.6 release, but it doesn’t seem to have been accepted. OpenID logins would change everything, so the plugin would be very quickly outdated, unless I could get some inside poop on how the integration would work so that I could incorporate something into the code like an isset($_COOKIE) check.

Almost finished documenting the hacks in my wp-useronline deployment. Maybe I can finish and post during my lunch time.

Posted by Greg in My Website, Programming

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