I used to use a third party website to tell me how many people were browsing this blog. However, it often stopped the page from loading quickly and I felt that was a disadvantage as we do live in an “instant” world. No one is prepared to wait for anything these days.
Today, I found a UserOnline Plugin for WordPress. The plugin is easy to install. I had to mess with the coding a tiny bit so that it integrated with this theme, but that only took a minute or two. Now, I have an indication of how many people are online and it’s not going to slow anything down because it’s part of this website. And…if you follow the link, you’ll be amazed by the number of bots doing their thing.
Edit (some weeks later): This plugin has since been removed as it was playing havoc with my pages.