An update to my earlier post “Ditch FeedBuner Site Stats for a Speed Boost!”. Jake from Feedburner suggested that I put the code in the footer since I do not use FeedFlares.

original code placed in The_Loop

<script src="<?php the_permalink() ?>" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>

new code to be placed in the footer

<script src="" type="text/javascript" charset="utf-8"></script>

Speed Test

Let’s do a little informal speed test. Cache was cleared and time starts from pressing the browser “Go” button to the hour clock cursor dissappear.

Original code placed in The_Loop.
Notice the scrollbar on the right slowly unravel as each post load.

New code in the footer. BAM!

Of course, mileage may vary depending on number of posts, number of FeedFlares, location etc. I may be experiencing such glaring difference due to the server lag between Singapore and US. So if you face the same slowness problem and do not require FeedFlares, you can download the simple plugin below which inserts the code into the footer automatically.


  • insert the Feedburner SiteStats code into footer
  • will work even when you change theme
  • works on WP 2.0-2.7


1. Upload and activate plugin
2. Go to Admin Panel > Options > Feedburner SiteStats.
3. Enter your Feedburner Feed ID e.g ericulous. Not


This plugin is released under the Creative Commons GNU GPL.


Not available as plugin is not working anymore.

Tips & Tricks

I need to use FeedFlares. How?
This plugin disable FeedFlares for the speed boost. You can use the FeedBurner StandardStats or FeedBurner SiteStats Enabler plugin if you need the FeedFlares.

Need Help?

Much as I want to provide free support, there are only 24 hours a day.
So if you need a chunk of my time, I’m available for hire.

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