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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 WordPress.com

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 wordpress.com blogs
  • Provides quick access to blog stats, blog view and new post pages

111 responses to “WordPress FireFox extension

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  2. cyberpunk2020 August 6, 2008 at 12:22 am

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

  3. cyberpunk2020 August 6, 2008 at 12:25 am

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

  4. mikemacd August 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

    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 m.wordpress.com so adding in yesterdays is nice and easy. Multiple blogs is possible, although m.wordpress.com 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….

  5. Guillermo Munguia August 8, 2008 at 5:31 am


  6. cyberpunk2020 August 9, 2008 at 12:08 am

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

    Thats a great idea.

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  21. FingersTX September 6, 2008 at 3:51 am

    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?

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  23. mikemacd September 7, 2008 at 1:05 am

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

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  30. yarodin November 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

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

  31. Tamir Gefen November 30, 2008 at 10:54 am

    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: http://almmmm.wordpress.com (ALM and CM)
    http://tgefen.wordpress.com (ALM and CM – Hebrew)


  32. mikemacd November 30, 2008 at 7:57 pm

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

  33. mikemacd November 30, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    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.

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  35. smog January 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Nice idea – shame about the admob spyware!

  36. mikemacd January 5, 2009 at 1:49 am

    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 wordpress.com use it for mobile ad stuff or you have some other infection – there’s no spyware in this extension

  37. mikemacd January 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

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

    This extension works by reading the mobile wordpress web page at http://m.wordpress.com/ 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 wordpress.com issue and nothing to do with the MMD WordPress FireFox extension 🙂

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  39. Guest January 15, 2009 at 6:14 am

    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!:)

    • mikemacd January 15, 2009 at 12:16 pm

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

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  42. sashasi March 7, 2009 at 2:58 pm

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

  43. etche2 March 21, 2009 at 12:14 am

    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 whos.among.us add-on

  44. Joltivan August 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for the information..nice extension 😀

  45. JNj. August 20, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    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.

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  51. for those... February 3, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    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

  52. JNj. February 4, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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

  53. mikemacd February 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    My pleasure folks 🙂

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  58. مركز تحميل October 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    The best browser is Firefox
    Thank you for this post

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  60. Alex Brooks December 20, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    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!!

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  62. Stacie Tappe February 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

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

  63. Zoltan April 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    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?

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  65. JNj. April 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    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,

  66. mikemacd April 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks, I’m glad you folks like it 🙂

  67. Lena June 30, 2011 at 12:40 am

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

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  69. 3arn0wl September 2, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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

    • mikemacd September 4, 2011 at 1:01 am

      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.

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  71. mikemacd September 5, 2011 at 9:53 am

    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?

  72. horia October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am


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

    Thank you

  73. mikemacd December 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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


  74. Νέστορας January 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    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!

    • Νέστορας January 28, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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

      • mikemacd January 30, 2012 at 2:58 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.

  75. mikemacd March 5, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    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

  76. mikemacd March 28, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    WordPress.com 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.

  77. 3arn0wl July 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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

  78. Katie and Martin November 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

    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?

  79. Samuel N. December 12, 2012 at 3:34 am

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

  80. antonispetrides.wordpress.com June 18, 2014 at 8:17 am

    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?

  81. roger77777 July 7, 2014 at 3:35 am

    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.

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