WordPress: Fixing the broken links from Jetpack top stats

I use the upgraded awesome plugin Jetpack by WordPress.com to show the ‘Top Posts’ is the sidebar. I recently noticed that the links for these post were broken, even though I wasn’t doing anything wrong at all. I queried the plugin for top 5 posts using:

$top_posts = stats_get_csv('postviews', 'days=-1&limit=6&summarize');
echo '<ul class="most-viewed">';
  foreach ( $top_posts as $p ) {
    if($p['post_id'])
      echo '<li><a href="'. $p['post_permalink'] .'" title="'.
        $p['post_title']. '">'. $p['post_title'] .'</a> - <strong>'. $p['views'] . '</strong> views</li>';
  }
echo '</ul>';

But somehow, the value at post_permalink key was wrong. Instead of pulling out my hair, I downloaded the Jetpack plugin’s source code, opened the file stats.php and copied a few lines and now the following works awesomely well.

if ( function_exists('stats_get_csv') && $top_posts = stats_get_csv('postviews', 'days=-1&limit=6&summarize')) {
  echo '<ul class="most-viewed">';
  foreach ( $top_posts as $p ) {
    if($p['post_id'] && get_post($p['post_id']))
      echo '<li><a href="' . get_permalink( $p['post_id'] ) . '">' .
          get_the_title( $p['post_id'] ) . '</a>', number_format_i18n( $p['views'] ) </li>';
  }
  echo '</ul>';
}

I hope this helps people looking for a quick fix to this problem.

2 thoughts on “WordPress: Fixing the broken links from Jetpack top stats

  1. Jordan

    Thanks for posting this! It helped me fix my website. The important part is using get_permalink(), get_the_title(), and number_format_i18n(). Also, your second snippet has the variable $post appear out of nowhere. I think you meant $p.

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