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WordPress FireFox extension

I often want to know how many hits my wordpress blog has had without loading the stats page, mainly so I can compete with a fellow blogger who sits opposite me in the office 😛

So I made the MMD WordPress FireFox extension, install it and you get a tiny status bar panel that shows your current daily hits (for multiple blogs). You can right click the panel and hit “View Stats Details” and FireFox will happily take you to your normal stats page on

MMD WordPress Extension

To Install:

The MMD WordPress FireFox has been reviewed by Mozilla and approved for general public consumption so you can download and install it directly from the main FireFox addons website and get automatic updates.

For information on the latest version please see the changelog

You can install it here – please add a review!


  • Supports multiple blogs
  • Provides quick access to blog stats, blog view and new post pages

111 responses

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    • Thanks for the feedback 🙂

      August 21, 2009 at 10:09 am

  2. so it works only on And only for one blog, the first you registered?

    August 6, 2008 at 12:22 am

    • It now supports multiple blogs

      February 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  3. The Future: I would like to see stats for the other blogs in the same account, and maybe yesterdays…

    August 6, 2008 at 12:25 am

  4. That’s right, only works for one blog at the moment (the first). If there’s an interest in it working for multiple then I can work on that.

    It gets the stats from so adding in yesterdays is nice and easy. Multiple blogs is possible, although has a bug in terms of displaying the names of multiple blogs for me :S I’ll work on multiple blogs for the next version… where would you want to see yesterday’s stats? I had thought about an up or down marker (today vs. yesterday) which could have yesterdays count on a tooltip….

    August 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

  5. Guillermo Munguia


    August 8, 2008 at 5:31 am

  6. I had thought about an up or down marker (today vs.
    yesterday) which could have yesterdays count on a tooltip….

    Thats a great idea.

    August 9, 2008 at 12:08 am

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  21. FingersTX

    I’m having trouble downloading your WordPress Firefox extension. I keep getting the following message:

    Firefox could not install the file at
    because: Invalid file hash (possible download corruption)

    Any ideas?

    September 6, 2008 at 3:51 am

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  23. Thanks for letting me know FingersTX, I’ll look into this!

    September 7, 2008 at 1:05 am

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  30. yarodin

    It’s would be nice to add blog stat checking on browser start.

    November 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

  31. Tamir Gefen

    Thank you!

    I installed it, but since I have more than one blog, I can’t see all of them. How do I change it to another blog or see all of them?

    My blogs: (ALM and CM) (ALM and CM – Hebrew)


    November 30, 2008 at 10:54 am

  32. Hi yarodin, if you set your account details in the options it will automatically look up the blog hit count when the browser starts 🙂

    November 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

  33. Hi Tamir, at the moment the extension only checks up on your first blog – multiple blogs will be supported in the next version though! Thanks for checking it out.

    November 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

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  35. smog

    Nice idea – shame about the admob spyware!

    January 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm

  36. At smog, I assure you there’s no spyware involved in my code, the only reason admob shows up in the status bar is because use it for mobile ad stuff or you have some other infection – there’s no spyware in this extension

    January 5, 2009 at 1:49 am

  37. A little further investigation shows that the admob reference is indeed caused by

    This extension works by reading the mobile wordpress web page at which (if you look at the source) includes a reference to admob at the bottom which is a mobile web ad platform of some kind but isn’t spyware as far as I can see. Either way, this is a issue and nothing to do with the MMD WordPress FireFox extension 🙂

    January 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

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  39. Guest

    Its a cool add-on, I am searching something like this for ages. The only problem is that, i have my own wordpress domain. Can you update the plugin with the possibility to track my visitor activity from wp.mydomain? Then I can guess hundred thousands people will use it in their firefox.. 🙂

    Thanks for your job, its great!:)

    January 15, 2009 at 6:14 am

    • Thanks for the feedback, I’m going to look into making this a bit more generic (supporting multiple blogs, supporting blogs not on so hopefully I will get this done 🙂

      January 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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  42. If this would work on self hosted wordpress blogs that would be just awesome! Any chance??!

    March 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    • It’s something a few folks have asked for, I’ll need to redesign it but it might happen

      March 11, 2009 at 9:53 pm

  43. etche2

    Same as above.. it would be great to have it working on a self hosted blog and a feature I think would be REALY good is to be able to see the current users online in your blog..
    something like add-on

    March 21, 2009 at 12:14 am

  44. Thanks for the information..nice extension 😀

    August 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

  45. Hi Mike,
    thanks for that great extention, it works good and keeps me in touch with my bloh, I really appreciat it and will recommend it.

    August 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm

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  51. for those...

    Hi there Mike,
    I know this is kinda old but your little plugin was soooo cool and useful I was wondering if you were planning to develop one that works for firefox 3.6.
    Ever since I upgraded I had to give up the wonderful little WP icon at the bottom of my browser!
    Thanks a lot

    February 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    • Thanks 🙂

      I’ve tested it with FF 3.6 and upgraded the listing at so all should be good for you to keep on using it!
      You might need to re-install it from:

      February 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

      • for those...

        works great!
        thanks a million

        ciao from a happy italian user

        February 4, 2010 at 9:15 am

  52. JNj.

    Thanks, thanks, thanks, Mike! It’s working with FF 3.6.
    Great work and great service for the blogger community!
    Greetings from Germany!

    February 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  53. My pleasure folks 🙂

    February 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

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  58. The best browser is Firefox
    Thank you for this post

    October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

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  60. Thanks for sharing this add-on, just installed it, looks pretty awesome to be honest, can’t wait to play around with it, gotta go and restart firefox, thanks!!

    December 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

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  62. Really good visual appeal on this internet site , I’d value it 10 10.

    February 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

  63. Seems as if the extension is not compatible with Firefox 4.0, which is bad, since life used to be great with the extension working in previous versions. Now, it’s misery 😉

    Is an update possible?

    April 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

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  65. JNj.

    Hi Mike,
    I’m very glad to hear that the extension will be available for FF 4.0. Thank you so much. Because it helped me so much, I was not willing to change to FF 4.0 until there was a compatible version. I’m looking forward to see, how it will work with different blogs.
    Greetings from Germany and thanks again,

    April 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  66. Thanks, I’m glad you folks like it 🙂

    April 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

  67. Lena

    I love the add-on, but after Firefox upgrade to 5.0 it stopped working. Any plans for a new version?

    June 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

    • Thanks Lena 🙂 I’ve updated it for v5 so just do a Find Updates and it’ll update. Thanks for letting me know – I hadn’t noticed!

      June 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

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  69. Hi Mike. Thanks for the Extension. Does it work for 6.0.1, cus I can’t see it… yet!

    September 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    • Seems fine on my 6.0.1 I’ll check the mozilla listing…
      It goes into your status bar (or addon bar these days) so if you have that hidden you might not see the extension. In the next version I’m planning on making it more customizable.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:01 am

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  71. So mozilla lists it as compatible up to v8.* and I’m running it in v6.0.1 without any problems. Is it still not available for you?

    September 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

  72. horia


    Very nice FF addon. Is it possible to disable automatic stats checking and do it manually?

    Thank you

    October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

    • Hi Horia, not directly in the current version but I’ll do that for the next version (next week). For now, set the lookup interval in the Options screen to 30mins. You can lookup manually from the menu.



      October 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    • In developing this I’ve introduced a bug in the development version and intend to make it a bit more apple mac friendly so it’ll pass approval. So I won’t be able to release it this week, but please bear with me, it’ll be in the next update!

      October 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    • I’ve uploaded v2.3 which has this feature to but it’ll take a while to get reviewed and added to the public listing or you can install it directly from

      October 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

  73. v2.3 released and now publicly available from as a fully reviewed extension.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

  74. Νέστορας

    Hi Mike and thanks a lot for this plugin! seems very useful.

    However, under firefox 9.01 in ubuntu 10.04 gnome environment I’m not able to make it work. When I click the button “account setup” in preferences nothing happens.

    Is it a known bug or just incompatible with my current mozilla/linux versions?
    thanx again!

    January 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • Νέστορας

      Nevermind, it works if you edit the account setup from the small icon on the addons bar. Works like a charm Mike! Cheers!

      January 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      • Glad you found a fix. That’s the same version of FF I use on Ubuntu and I’ve managed to recreate the bug when trying to set account details from the addons tab in FireFox. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll get it fixed for the next version 🙂 In the meantime as you said, you can access it from the menu down the bottom.

        January 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

  75. Just pushed version 2.5 through the main firefox addon site – this verison fixes a couple of layout bugs in the password dialog and works with the new wordpress stats pages

    March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

  76. just changed the structure of the stats information breaking the current live version (2.5). I’ve developed a fix and put v2.6 into the FireFox review process but it’ll be a few days until it goes live through the firefox update site. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    March 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

  77. 3arn0wl

    Thanks for this! I’ve just downloaded it and trying it out. Looks good! 😀

    July 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    • Cheers 🙂

      July 21, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      • 3arn0wl

        😀 It stops me flicking through the tabs every 5 minutes!!

        (Didn’t tell me you’d replied to my comment though! 😛 Can you make it do a full-English too!?!?!)

        July 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

        • I’ll work on the kitchen sink while I’m at it 😉

          Actually I would like to integrate wordpress notifications into it over the next couple of versions so in the future it might let you know.

          July 23, 2012 at 4:34 pm

          • 3arn0wl

            Well I’m chuffed with it as it is – thanks for taking the time to build the code. 😀

            July 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

  78. I can’t see a support button so…
    In the last two days the button does not respond, but does still indicate how many comments have been made. I am running a Mac OS10.7.5 with a 2.5 GHZ Intel Core i5.
    Any ideas for fixing?

    November 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • Forgot to click the follow-up box.

      November 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    • Thanks for letting me know, I’ll check it out and get back to you

      November 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

      • My request for support is not quite clear. It should have read, “When clicking the WP button in the top Right corner of Firefox it does not drop down, but still shows in orange the number of comments”. Thanks.

        November 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      • It’s suddenly working. Maybe the extra restarts did it.

        November 26, 2012 at 6:25 am

        • Thanks.

          November 26, 2012 at 6:26 am

        • Hi, I think you had a problem with wordpress in general, I’m just a guy who writes a little firefox extension for it.

          November 26, 2012 at 11:36 am

          • I am talking about the extension, and it works fine now… most mysterious. Thanks anyway. I love the extension.

            November 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm

            • Ok, but my extension doesn’t have an orange drop down button, or display the number of comments – that bit’s just normal wordpress.

              November 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm

  79. It does not work after 100 hits. it just says 0 😦

    December 12, 2012 at 3:34 am

    • Odd, works fine at any number for me. Sometimes it goes a little confused at midnight. Could you try right-clicking and updating the stats?

      December 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      • Thanks, thats probably it, the midnight thing. but it shows zero even when i refresh it. I haven’t tried restarting firefox.

        December 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

  80. Hello and thanks for the great add-on! I have a problem, though. I have just upgraded to the new Firefox for Mac and the Notifier does not show. Could you advise me on this?

    June 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    • Sorry for the delay… I haven’t got a mac handy but at a guess make sure the “addon bar” or “status bar” are visible in the FF options.

      June 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

  81. Hi Mike.
    I install your MMD WordPress FireFox extension, but I don’t see the tiny status bar panel. What can I do? Thanks for your help.

    July 7, 2014 at 3:35 am

    • Make sure the “add on bar” is visible from the view menu in Firefox

      July 7, 2014 at 9:51 am

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