Asking my readers a favor – Part 2

Edited to Add: I have enough data to test my hypothesis so no need to cycle through the gallery (unless you want to). Thank you.

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So, in Part 1 I wanted to check if scrolling the home page counts as a view or multiple views. As suspected, no.

This test is about the Gallery. 

The first time I used a Gallery, I was surprised to see something like 350 views on a short post with just a few flowers (THIS POST).

I suspected (meaning, I was pretty sure) WordPress counted a View for each of the photos in the Gallery whenever readers cycled through it. 

This second test, then, is simple . . . 

Here’s a gallery . . . If you have a few minutes, click on any of the photos and then cycle through the gallery a few times (or more, as the mood suits you). There is an arrow on either side of the photo that you can click with the mouse to go from one photo to the next. It doesn’t matter which direction you go. You can also use the right-arrow and left-arrow keys on your keyboard. Just click away for a spell. 

If WordPress counts looking at each photo in a Gallery as a “view”, that would explain the occasional “extra” views that show up in the total count without a matching “post” view.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . Thank you.


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21 Responses to Asking my readers a favor – Part 2

  1. mz&cho says:

    I clicked away. It’s good!


  2. 100 clicks. but only to the right :-)
    Warmest regards, Ed


  3. susurrus says:

    I clicked! I was fascinated by the picture of the two hibiscus flowers (if that’s what they are). Your experiment reminded me that you do see the pictures much more clearly when you click through them.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you for participating.

      Those are a species of Hibiscus:

      And yes, looking at the gallery gives you a better experience and also lets you see the original size if you choose to. On most of my posts, you can view individual photos larger if you click on them. The default view on WordPress posts is usually compressed and I find it “flattens” the photos making them appear bland.

      One alternative is to link them from elsewhere as that doesn’t change the photos. I suspect that’s because it’s only a link and not the actual photo.

      When I offer it up, the option to go to the SmugMug gallery offers the best viewing experience.

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  4. I went through the entire gallery twice.


  5. mvschulze says:

    Done did it ! M:-)


  6. I do-ed it!
    I look forward to the results!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  7. I wrote a comment on a couple might have been more, thought maybe that will make a difference.


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