[development] Download stats for October

Greg Knaddison - GVS Greg at GrowingVentureSolutions.com
Wed Nov 15 22:36:51 UTC 2006

On 11/15/06, Dries Buytaert <dries.buytaert at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 15 Nov 2006, at 21:11, Gerhard Killesreiter wrote:
> >> This is really interesting stuff. Is there any way to separate the
> >> modules and themes into separate lists? If it's too hard to do,
> >> don't worry about it, I'm glad to have this much :-)
> >
> > It is a bit hard, we'd need to compare the list to a list of known
> > themes and modules. Greg volunteered to write a parser which makes
> > such a list from the awstats pages, maybe you can convince him to
> > include that feature. ;)
> Better yet would be to track downloads from within the project
> module.  Then we can sort projects by number of downloads.


In the meantime, here are some interesting points:

+++The top 5 downloads for 4.6:
drupal	3629
phptemplate	849
flexinode	370
taxonomy_menu	362
htmlarea	267

It appears that the xtemplate5.x problem is rather painful for our users.

+++Top 10 modules for 4.7:
Module	Downloads
tinymce	5127
image	4887
views	4057
cck	3088
event	2752
gallery	2685
acidfree	2398
ecommerce	2397
imce	2298
pathauto	1913
flexinode	1791

It appears people continue to love WYSIWYG, and photos.

+++Downloads by tag:

4.7	439049
cvs	27294
4.6	11190
4.5	234
5.0	46

To me this indicates that module/theme maintainers need to do a better
job of branching their modules especially when combined with the
following chunk:

+++Downloads by file type for CVS tag:
Core	1316
Module	20621
Theme	4755
Translation	602

Drupal core cvs was downloaded only 1316 times - my guess is that most
development/testing checkouts are done via cvs and not recorded in
these stats.  But to have such a disparity between cvs core downloads
and cvs module/theme downloads makes me believe that many module
maintainers are either not properly branching their code, or have set
cvs as the default download leading to mistaken downloads, or
something else not great.

+++Most popular themes for 4.7:
Theme	Downloads
Amare	2421
multiflex	2339
andreas01	2301
andreas09	1677
arcmateria	1645

This strong bias towards the beginning of the alphabet could be a
coincidence, or it could be that people just try them out in order and
slowly stop trying.

+++Compared to the data from July:
	4.6	4.7
June	6280	30077
October	3629	39855

So, 4.6 downloads are lower by half while 4.7 downloads are higher by
rate of 7%/month.  Which would mean downloads in June 2007 would be
almost 70,000 if growth continues at the same rate.

Finally, there were 303 people who couldn't help themselves and
downloaded the amazingly useless new Microsummary module:

There were also some situations I found where directories in CVS
contributions weren't downloaded a single time in October.  Since it
felt mean to point these out, I placed them into the Drupal for Evil
group: http://groups.drupal.org/node/1859


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