Wordpress WP-Stats Shortlink Override

If you're like me, you are addicted to stats. It's probably not altogether a healthy addiction, but it's there and we have to cope with it.

If you're like me, you also dig shortcuts. Anything to make something easier, faster or even better, both--and it's a lovely thing.

So if you're like me, you probably are running WordPress 3.1+ and the WP-Stats plugin. Oh sure, I use other stat programs, but again--I'm addicted. It's a neat, handy, quick way of getting stats and even better, it's free. And if you use shortlinks, i.e. this post can be both "http://www.needcoffee.com/2011/04/16/wp-stats-shortlink-override/" and "http://needcoffee.com/?p=19837" then the fact you can snag the shortlink from the admin bar when you're on a single page of the site...that is awesome.

However.

The WP-Stats plugin...and I'm not exactly sure why this was done and even less sure why it's not an option to turn it off...overrides what would be " " and makes it "wp.me/something." Being a vain person and liking my site name out there, I don't want wp.me and am perfectly happen with "needcoffee.com."

What to do?

Carve the offending bit of code out of the stats plugin.

Here's what you do: first, open the stats.php file in a text editor. Please do the smart thing and make a backup copy of the file. Always back up a file before you start performing surgery on it.

Find the following code, which in my copy of the file starts at line 1227:

if ( stats_get_option('wp_me') ) {
	if ( ! function_exists('wp_get_shortlink') ) {
		// Register these only for WP < 3.0.
		add_action('wp_head', 'wpme_shortlink_wp_head');
		add_action('wp', 'wpme_shortlink_header');
		add_filter( 'get_sample_permalink_html', 'wpme_get_shortlink_html', 10, 2 );
	} else {
		// Register a shortlink handler for WP >= 3.0.
		add_filter('get_shortlink', 'wpme_get_shortlink_handler', 10, 4);
	}
}

Delete the code. Save the file. Upload the file. Bang. Your shortlinks are yours once more.

Please note: I am not a coder, so this is probably a very ugly way to get this done. But it is effective. Enjoy.