Koko Analytics

I came across Koko on the website of M4WP, a plugin that links your site with Mailchimp.

Koko advertises itself as a privacy-friendly, simple and lightweight analytics plugin for WordPress. It does not use any external services, so data about your visitors is never shared with any third-party. It says it lets you focus on the important metrics, while respecting the privacy of your visitors.

It also says that no visitor specific data is collected, only aggregated counts.

So some data is collected and if aggregated counts is in reference to your individual site then Koko knows how big your audience is, at the very least. That may not concern you or it may. At least we can say that whichever method you use, someone will be collecting data. For example, it says that using Koko means you can stop sharing visitor data with third-party companies who also happen to sell ads. Fair point, I think, maybe.

And it says that Koko will stop unnecessarily slowing down your website if using other methods. I can’t speak to that because what is the real difference? I guess an A-B test is the only way.

There is a free version in the WP Repository, and a paid version that in addition to the features of the free version – Pageview & visitor counts, Realtime pageviews, and Referrer URL’s – also enables Custom event tracking, Periodic email reports, and Email support rather than via the Support option in the WP Repository

Move Text Below Product Images

For SEO for e-commerce sites, category pages are more important than product pages. One important SEO ranking factor is the amount of relevant text describing the category. The problem is that if you write text it will appear above the product images, and if you write more than a couple of lines of text it will push the product images way down the page.

What you want is to have the text appear below the grid of product images, and this is how to accomplish it.

Mr WordPress has a YouTube video in which he describes adding a line of php to accomplish that.

I am using a child theme on one of my e-commerce sites, and I have a functions.php file within that child theme. So I added the php there. If you are using a parent theme then you can put your code in a snippets plugin.

Here’s the code:

remove_action( 'woocommerce_archive_description', 'woocommerce_taxonomy_archive_description', 10 ); 
add_action( 'woocommerce_after_shop_loop', 'woocommerce_taxonomy_archive_description', 100 );

An Alternative

If you are not comfortable doing this then I found a plugin in the WordPress repository that may do the job. It’s named Move Category description under products for WooCommerce. You should be able to find it from that description. It’s the one by Marco Barbadoro.

The thing I don’t like about it is that the shortcode you add at the beginning and end of the text you want to move, has the word ‘mcdusaltasotto’ baked in.

I just downloaded the plugin and I see that it consists of two files and a readme file. In the file named salta-sotto.php, the word mcdusaltasotto is on line 33 and I assume you can change this to whatever word you like. Most simple text editors will open the file. If you are on a Mac then the free COTEditor Plain-Text Editor for macOS is about as simple as it gets.

Note: The fact that the plugin is in the WordPress repository is a recommendation that it is safe to use, but I haven’t used it – so exercise the usual caution if you decide to use it.