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React Retro Hit Counter

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Remember when the web was this quirky place full of "Under Construction" clipart, guestbooks, and web rings? The time when animated GIFs were used for everything - background images, cursors, nothing was off-limits. The time before we learned that BonziBuddy was actually malware.

Sometimes I miss the 90s web. This is a small gesture to help share some of that nostalgia.

Relive your youth with this straight-outta-geocities hit counter. If you have a page on the Information SuperHighway, slap this bad boy on it and impress all your friends.

  • 💾 Retro 90s aesthetic
  • ⚙️ Highly customizable
  • 🔲 Includes optional skeumorphic border, and soft glow.
  • 🔨 Generated on-the-fly with SVG and Canvas. No images, totally scalable.
  • ⚡️ Tiny! <3kb gzip.

Easily the best React counter you'll find anywhere on Altavista.


Is this serious?

Yes! It's a real thing.

» Try the demo! 🎉

Does this actually track hits?

No. This is just a presentational component, you need your own tracking system.

I recommend micro-analytics. Super easy to set up and use.

Compatibility

Compatible with React 15.3 or higher.

Works on all major browsers, including Edge. Haven't tested on IE.

Installation

$ yarn install react-retro-hit-counter
# or
$ npm i -s react-retro-hit-counter

Usage

import RetroHitCounter from 'react-retro-hit-counter';

const YourComponent = () => (
  <RetroHitCounter
    hits={1337}
    /* The following are all default values: */
    withBorder={true}
    withGlow={false}
    minLength={4}
    size={40}
    padding={4}
    digitSpacing={3}
    segmentThickness={4}
    segmentSpacing={0.5}
    segmentActiveColor="#76FF03"
    segmentInactiveColor="#315324"
    backgroundColor="#222222"
    borderThickness={7}
    glowStrength={0.5}
  />
);

API Reference

hits
Type: Default Value
number undefined

The number of hits to display!

Protip: You can cheat, I won't tell! hits={actualNumber * 100}

minLength
Type: Default Value
number 4

Single-digit hit counters are sad. Start-pad the number with 0s.

minLength

size
Type: Default Value
number 40

The height, in pixels, of each digit. Not including padding.

hits

padding
Type: Default Value
number 4

The padding, in pixels, around the hit counter.

padding

digitSpacing
Type: Default Value
number 3

The amount of space, in pixels, between each digit.

digitSpacing

segmentThickness
Type: Default Value
number 4

The width of each segment, in pixels.

segmentThickness

You can make really abstract numbers with this prop! I've decided that this is a feature, not a bug.

segmentSpacing
Type: Default Value
number 0.5

Spacing between the segments, in pixels.

segmentSpacing

segmentActiveColor
Type: Default Value
string #76FF03

Each digit is comprised of 7 segments, and this prop controls the color of the active ones (AKA the number itself).

segmentActiveColor

segmentInactiveColor
Type: Default Value
string #315324

Controls the color of the inactive segments. Pass "transparent" to not show the inactive ones.

segmentInactiveColor

backgroundColor
Type: Default Value
string #222222

Set a custom background color for your hit counter. Accepts any valid CSS value (pass "transparent" for no background).

backgroundColor

withBorder
Type: Default Value
boolean true

No 90s hit counter would be complete without a skeumorphic chrome border!

withBorder

Protip: You can use the border on your own if you like, it's a named export. import {RetroBorder} from 'react-retro-hit-counter'. You'll need to provide an explicit width/height, though (the border is made in Canvas, and I didn't want the cost of reading width/height from the DOM).

You can find its props here

borderThickness
Type: Default Value
number 7

Width, in pixels, of the border. Only used if withBorder is set to true.

borderThickness

withGlow
Type: Default Value
boolean false

If desired, a soft glow can be emitted from the hit counter. This works especially well with the border.

The color of the glow is based on segmentActiveColor.

withGlow

glowSize
Type: Default Value
number 2

The size of the glow. This parameter controls both the negative margin, in pixels, as well as the blur amount (also in pixels). Only used if withGlow is set to true.

glowSize

glowStrength
Type: Default Value
number 0.4

The opacity of the glow. Only used if withGlow is set to true.

glowStrength

Future Work and Contributions

Wanna help bring that 90s aesthetic back to the web?

There are a few things I'd like to do, and could use a hand with:

  • #1 - The segments are all the same shape. This can be harmful to legibility; ideally, you want the outer pieces to be trapezoids. See an example.

  • #2 - a11y: unclear if the best approach is to use aria tags, or just add actual zero-opacity text like "Hit counter. Number: n" that screen-readers can recite.

  • #3 - Tests! I have very few tests, none on the component itself. This should change.

  • #4 - Build process could use some work, specifically making it easier to work on the demo.

  • Additional flourishes. Transitions right now are just a simple CSS transition, and they're the only animation. Possibly this is good enough and anything else would just be fluff... but I'm curious if we can do anything else to make it more interesting?

To set up locally, simply clone and run yarn or npm i. Then, run yarn storybook to get an interactive sandbox. Add stories as needed to test the contribution.

There's also a demo app, which offers far greater parameter control. You can cd into /demo, run yarn to install the demo dependencies, and then yarn start to run the demo. From the parent directory, whenever you yarn build, it updates the demo dependency.