Our new website, which went live last May, has seen 3 million page views as of last weekend, according to the folks at WordPress. That’s the open source software we use to power the site. So as we crossed the 3-million-views threshold, I thought it was time to offer an update.
I’ll focus more on you than us this time because what you’re doing is quite interesting.
One thing I should note at the outset: Site traffic numbers are somewhat subjective. By that, I mean different tools track website traffic differently. For example, I used the WordPress number because we have a WordPress site. Google cuts that number about in half. Hitting 1.5 million is fine, but 3 million has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
I took a peek at the stories that saw the most traffic from May to December 2011. I looked beyond the views each individual story received, and looked instead at how many views any story about a single topic received. Here are the Top 10:
1. Travis Dairy robbery-homicide leaves store owner dead. Our coverage began in June.
2. Officer James Capoot shot and killed in November while chasing bank robbery suspect.
3. Solano Community College student-athlete Ennis Johnson Jr. killed in September.
4. Roy Hellickson dies in July after being hit during party.
5. Two dead in September murder-suicide on Tulip Street.
6. George E. Smith dies in May after being hit by suspected drunken driver.
7. Three dead in May murder-suicide in Green Valley area of Fairfield.
8. Humorous column by C.W. Plunkett, published in May, on the anticipated end of the world.
9. Coverage of Alvina Sheeley’s background as she campaigns for the Fairfield-Suisun School Board.
10. Accident in June involving Fairfield and Suisun Transit bus injures six.
Some of these stories are ongoing, while others have run their course. 2012 has already produced a Top 10-caliber story, with our coverage of Fairfield’s first homicide of the year. If I were to plug it into the list, it would already be No. 7, well ahead of our coverage of the Green Valley murder-suicide in Fairfield.
Here are a few more tidbits:
It’s not all about the numbers. If it were, you’d only see reports of major crimes and the occasional quirky item in your daily copy of the Daily Republic. Rest assured, that’s not going to happen. We’re still going to monitor the workings of our various local governments, provide editorial comment on topics of local interest, offer a forum for your views through letters to the editor, keep you up to speed on local entertainment, write compelling features on people and activities throughout the greater Fairfield area, and keep tabs on the local sports scene.
That’s what you have come to expect. We will continue to strive, to the best of our abilities, to meet that expectation.
Reach Managing Editor Glen Faison at 427-6925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction: This version corrects the reference to the item that received the most comments during the year.