Joomla core articles hits counter only works when the full article is shown (fulltext).

But if only the introtext is displayed, like in a Category Blog view or in a Featured Articles Blog view, the hit counter doesn't work.

This is a very limited behaviour, especially since many times we don't even use the "read more" button and the whole article is shown in the "introtext".

So I would like to count how many times an article has been shown (in full view, or just as part of a category blog view or a featured articles view).

Any ideas?


You could create a plugin which was triggered by an event such as onContentPrepare, like this:

defined( '_JEXEC' ) or die;

class plgContentHits extends JPlugin
     public function onContentPrepare($context, &$article, &$params, $page = 0)
        $parts = explode(".", $context);
        if (isset($parts[0]) && $parts[0] == "com_content" && isset($parts[1]) && $parts[1] != "article" && isset($article->id))
            $table = JTable::getInstance('Content', 'JTable');
        return true;

You can use the $context to check that it's com_content (rather than com_contact for example), and what view is being shown. You have to not count a hit if it's a single article, because that's counted by default.

I haven't debugged this approach fully, but you may be able to use it as the basis for a solution.

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    FYI, isset() can receive multiple parameters. Since you are using all && in your conditional expression, you can condense it to: if (isset($article->id, $parts[0], $parts[1]) && $parts[0] == "com_content" && $parts[1] != "article") Another technique would be to use a regular expression instead of exploding if so inclined (maybe something akin to: regex101.com/r/4Pg4mx/1).
    – mickmackusa
    Dec 11 '19 at 21:58
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    @mickmackusa Thanks, I didn't realise that - useful to know! Dec 11 '19 at 22:59
  • Hmmm. Not sure you want to check for com_content. I may be reading too much into it, but the OP seems to want a count of how many times the introtext was shown to a user, and a module could still display the introtext on any page at all. And then there are independent components like K2 or the like that could be displaying it.
    – Arlen
    Dec 17 '19 at 16:10

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