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I am fiddling with the idea to capture WordPress plugin usage data. Instead of using GET or POST requests, I thought of asynchronously sending an AJAX request once.

The $('#element') will most likely contain a switch to inform the plugin that data has been sent. This switch may reset every 3 or 6 months, in case the hosting provider updates their software.

if ((window.location.href.indexOf('imagepress_admin_page') > -1) && ($('#element').length > 0)) {
    var phpVersion = $('.php-version').text();
    var mysqlVersion = $('.mysql-version').text();
    var wpVersion = $('.wp-version').text();
    var siteUri = window.location.href;

    $.ajax({
        url: "https://mysite.com/web/report.php",
        type: "POST",
        data: JSON.stringify({
            phpVersion: phpVersion,
            mysqlVersion: mysqlVersion,
            wpVersion: wpVersion,
            siteUri: siteUri
        }),
        dataType: "json",
        success: function(response) {
        },
        error: function(response) {
        }
    });
}

Note that the code is just the initial idea, it doesn’t actually extract the data using PHP or an API. I am still considering it, and I am testing it with one free plugin to measure the client load and server impact.


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