If you’ve been a former user of the classic Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress (GADWP) plugin, there are now 2 community forks in its place!
This is a public service announcement.
For those who don’t know….the beloved GADWP plugin was recently taken over by and disgustingly commercialized by ExactMetrics (it’s new name), which turned it into an expensively-priced plugin. What used to be such a great simple little plugin to show Google Analytics stats from your Dashboard and had nearly a perfect 5-star rating suddenly tanked to 2 stars overnight due to hundreds of 1-star reviews.
What many people don’t know is that the former version of GADWP has since been kept alive and forked to different names and maintained by different developers. If you’ve been using GADWP and felt sad about ExactMetrics, just know that you can get more or less of the old plugin in other alternatives today:
FORK #1 – GAinWP
Clever name that reminds you of the old name and works just the same. Has a perfect 5-star rating out of many reviews. Absolutely fantastic and looks great. Clean, simple, useful.
FORK #2 – Metrics Query
This one is run by Yehuda Hassine. He’s also done great work reviving other abandoned plugins as well, like “Post SMTP Mailer” which was formerly “WP Postman”. I tried this one but it created an error on my site. I’m sure he’ll be fixing it soon.