Piwik: an alternative to Google Analytics

Now that we have at least two alternatives to Gmail, we can move on looking for replacements to other Google services. Quoting Piwik’s FAQ:

Piwik is the leading open source web analytics software. […] One of the principle advantages of Piwik is that you are in control. Unlike remote-hosted services (like Google Analytics), you host Piwik on your own server. The installation process is very simple, and Piwik is just as simple to use and understand.

Like with other statistics tools, using Piwik involves inserting a JavaScript code in the footer of the web page; there’s a WordPress plugin for that. Using this JavaScript code instead of the Apache logs means much more information is available, such as the screen resolution. Piwik also integrates information from other sources, such as using the IP address to discover the internet provider your readers use. Instead of using the IP address to identify unique visitors, the Piwik uses cookies — I’ll let you decide which is better.

Anyway, today I installed Piwik on this blog, and next week (next year!) I’ll post my impressions here. Meanwhile, I’d love to hear the impressions from old and new Piwik users!

Update: read the follow-up, One week with Piwik.

12 respostas em “Piwik: an alternative to Google Analytics

  1. We installed Piwik on gnome.org for analytics for the Friends of GNOME sites and more. It’s nice to have a free software implementation. It’s only been a couple of months since we added it to gnome.org, but early feedback has been good.

  2. For the love of pete, when you collect your stats if you’re going to publish them, “Linux” is NOT AN operating system. Ubuntu, SuSE, Fedora, and Android at least need to have their own thing. Thank you.

  3. I’ve played quite a lot with the GNOME piwik installation and also use Google Analytics quite a bit. Piwik is quite slow now and then (page loads sometimes take over 10 seconds). Furthermore is has less features and is also less intuitive as google analytics, but it’s improving quickly and the current version is only 0.5.x. So developers also acknowledge it’s not complete yet.

  4. > Like with other statistics tools, using Piwik involves inserting a JavaScript code in the footer of the web page
    And that is why, Piwik, like other statistics tools are completely unacceptable to myself and many others.

    Firstly, the idea that the information provided by JavaScript based tools compared to say, log analyzers, is fallacious at best. The additional information and ‘granularity’ is seldom useful; indeed most of the statistics collected from software such as Awstats is not particularly useful.

    However, the difference is that Awstats uses data which is already available on my server without any additional client overhead. Conversely Piwik adds a JavaScript file, which needs to be both downloaded by the client browser and executed.

    Can it give information about direct downloads/hot links? No.
    Can it work for people who do not have JavaScript enabled? No.
    Can it give information about robots? No.

    Even if the interface is cute (and I don’t deny that it is) it does not justify the overhead associated with acquiring such information.

  5. “Can it give information about direct downloads/hot links?” Yeah, it can.

    At any rate, using Piwik as an experiment on one site. It’s not as in-depth as GA, but the Live plugin is fun.

  6. I installed Piwik about a month ago and just a few days ago turned off Google Analytics. Piwik is fast, gets results similar to Google Analytics and does the basic reporting I need. Now I am just waiting for Google Analytics import.

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