WordPress Post Views count by Ip Address with time limit using Post Meta

If you want to keep real-time track of your WordPress post views by user IP then you can use this code. Below code snippet will gives stats for each post.

This is a three simple steps process and its pretty much easy to follow.

First Step

Add below codes in your themes function.php file.

function getPostViews($postID){
    $count_key = 'post_views_count';
    $count = get_post_meta($postID, $count_key, true);
        delete_post_meta($postID, $count_key);
        add_post_meta($postID, $count_key, '0');
        return "0 View";
    return $count.' Views';

function setPostViews($postID) {

    //check if user not administrator, if so execute code block within
    if( !current_user_can('administrator') ) {

        $user_ip = $_SERVER['REMOTE_ADDR']; //retrieve the current IP address of the visitor
        $key = $user_ip . 'x' . $postID; //combine post ID & IP to form unique key
        $value = array($user_ip, $postID); // store post ID & IP as separate values (see note)
        $visited = get_transient($key); //get transient and store in variable

        //check to see if the Post ID/IP ($key) address is currently stored as a transient
        if ( false === ( $visited ) ) {

            //store the unique key, Post ID & IP address for 12 hours if it does not exist
            set_transient( $key, $value, 60*60*12 );

            // now run post views function
            $count_key = 'post_views_count';
            $count = get_post_meta($postID, $count_key, true);
                $count = 0;
                delete_post_meta($postID, $count_key);
                add_post_meta($postID, $count_key, '0');
                update_post_meta($postID, $count_key, $count);



Second Step:

Now add the following line of code in your single.php file within the loop. It will track the views and set the views of each post.

<?php setPostViews(get_the_ID()); ?>

Third Step:

Now at the last step use the following line of code where you want to display the view number inside the loop.

<?php echo getPostViews(get_the_ID()); ?>

If you want to Add Post View Column to the Posts Screen. use below codes in your themes function.php file

function AB_post_views_columns_head($defaults) {
    $defaults['ab_post_views'] = 'View Counts';
    return $defaults;
add_filter('manage_posts_columns', 'AB_post_views_columns_head');

function AB_post_views_columns_content($column_name, $post_ID) {
    if ($column_name == 'ab_post_views') {
        $post_views_counts = getPostViews(get_the_ID());
        if ($post_views_counts) {
            echo $post_views_counts;
add_action('manage_posts_custom_column', 'AB_post_views_columns_content', 10, 2);

Last Update on:March 5th, 2023 at 5:19 pm

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