Daylight Savings breaks WP stats?

4 years ago | mathtans (Member)

When I glanced at my site's WordPress stats today, I was rather surprised to see I had a zero view day back in October. Because I hadn't had one when I checked at the end of last month.

A little bit of detective work with an old screen capture shows that a few of the days have unbalanced themselves. My top view day, which had been 63, is now only 52... but the prior day, which had been under 20 is now over 20. And the day before the new "zero views" has also inched up closer to 10 views. All I can think is that daylight savings has somehow caused the views to rebalance themselves, if someone happened to visit after 11pm. (Giving me a day with zero views, yaaaaay?) Anyone else experienced this? Or know of an alternative explanation?

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  1. leoduhvinci (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I wouldn't be surprised.

    If you look at the URL in wordpress posts, it includes the date. Which is awful because if you travel often between time zones like me and reuglarly stay up until midnight, it confuses the hell out of your links.

    In a past job as a data engineer, I used to have to pull hourly data and daylights savings time would always break our system because it threw everything just slightly off. An easy fix to that is just removing the day that causes trouble.

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  2. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    That was just Bane. He got a job at Wordpress recently. Was going pretty smoothly until someone's view graph began to resemble a bat symbol...

  3. ChrysKelly (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    You think you know Wordpress? You just adopted Wordpress, I was born in it.

  4. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Hahahahaha... it resets. With the clocks going bonkers again, same thing, some views on one day have shifted to the next day -- but it's more than that. Last summer, my "Best Ever" day for pageviews was 113. (On June 28th, to be precise.) When Daylight Savings hit in November, that reset itself down to 108 pageviews, and it's been at that max ever since. Until today. We're back up to 113 again! Sorcery! I suppose that's proof WordPress keeps everything stored in an archive and recalculates when a "day" slips to being an hour later/earlier. (Bet they figured on maximums going up over time...) I honestly thought my 113 was gone for good.

    Another fun fact - if (over a 30 day span) your maximum is 33 views in a day, the vertical axis will max out at 40. If your maximum is only 30 views in a day, the vertical axis will max out at 35. Add that info to the "if your max is less than 10 views over the whole span, your vertical axis gets decimals" fact. Anyone else noticed curiosities?

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  5. revfitz (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I too run WordPress and have seen no issues since last night. That is a really bizarre hiccup, especially if something as regular as daylight savings is causing it. do you have any other stat trackers you can look into (google, AWstats..etc)?

    I can see how that would be very vexing.

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  6. mathtans (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    It didn't happen with all days; I think it would only be an issue with hits that occurred from 11pm to 12am on any day, as they would now get pushed forwards into the next day. (In November, they must have slid backwards to the prior day...) Feb 21st remains at 25 page views. Feb 22nd was at 4 views, now at 3, while Feb 23rd was at 14 views, now up to 15. I don't bother to track the WP stats any other way, no, but I likely only noticed this because I was looking for it, after November.

    It's not even vexing, it's more amusing than anything. It means that the "zero view" day that appeared on Oct 16th, must (after this reset) be back to 2 views, even though I can't see back that far. So my most recent zero view day, after over two and a half years of at minimum weekly posting, isn't Oct 16th any more, it's... hm, March 12, 2017. Yesterday. The lesson should probably be, don't get bogged down in daily views.

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