Andy101 (27 January, 2011)
I just found this.
Piwik - Web analytics - Open source
Hope this helps someone
P.S. Can someone help me set this up? I can ftp but I don't know how to set up an Sql. PM if you can Thanks.
Andy101 (27 January, 2011)
I have been using Piwik for the longest time, and so has a large portion of the NetBuilders community.
It's a much, much better analytics solution! Congrats on the upgrade.
As for your installation issue, creating a new database is usually done from within your dashboard... the location where you manage your sites and make changes. What hosting company are you with?
If you have access to PHPMyAdmin, it's very easy to create one there as well. Let me know.
What's so much better at Piwik than Google Analytics offers?
Goods - Open source alt to Google Analytics
- There is not potential for downrange cost which there clearly is in the Google TOS:
2. FEES AND SERVICES . Subject to Section 15 herein, the Service is provided without charge to You for up to 5 million pageviews per month per account, and if You have an active Adwords campaign in good standing, the Service is provided without charge to You without a pageview limitation.
Google may change its fees and payment policies for the Service from time to time including but not limited to the addition of costs for geographic data, the importing of cost data from search engines, or other fees charged to Google or its wholly-owned subsidiaries by 3rd party vendors for the inclusion of data in the Service reports. The changes to the fees or payment policies are effective upon Your acceptance of such changes which will be posted at Google Analytics | Official Website (or such other URL Google may provide from time to time). Unless otherwise stated, all fees are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Any outstanding balance becomes immediately due and payable upon termination of this Agreement for any reason and any collection expenses (including attorneys' fees) incurred by Google will be included in the amount owed, and may be charged to the credit card or other billing mechanism associated with your Adwords account.
Source: Google Analytics | Official Website
- Piwik does not sell or reuse your data which you let Google use under their TOS:
Bads - If you care, Piwik has 1/10th the "Fans" on Facebook
Piwik | Facebook
- Its open source (some people consider this a bad...)
Overall - If you're a small publisher, does the fact Big G can use your data really matter? Or is it more of the fact that they can't reuse it with non-G companies without your permission the bigger deal? I would think they pretty much already have most of this information with or without Analytics being installed, its just the fact you don't give them permission to use it officially.
The Piwik Advantages (from the development site):
Real time web analytics reports: in Piwik, reports are by default generated in real time. For high traffic websites, you can choose the frequency for reports to be processed (more info)
You own your web analytics data: because Piwik is installed on your server, the data is stored in your own database and you can get all the statistics using the powerful Piwik Analytics API
Modern, easy to use User Interface: you can fully customize your dashboard, drag and drop widgets you want to display.
Piwik features are built inside plugins: you can add new features and remove the ones you don’t need. You can build your own web analytics plugins or hire a consultant to have your custom feature built in Piwik
Vibrant international Open community of more than 50,000 active users
User interface looks much worse than in Analytics, so until they really start to charge me, I'm not changing.
It is probably not worth changing from Analytics, but it is a good idea if you have a site where you do not want to share information with Google. I will try it on a few of my affiliate marketing data feed sites. I think the data could be useful.
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