Tag Archives: analytics

Why You Shouldn’t be Tweaking Your Blog at 01:00 in the Morning! CodeUnit 22 JUL 2011

Last Friday night I was having fun developing my first ever WordPress plugin (a thumbnail archive page if you must ask), that I happily stayed awake well past midnight to work on it. Now of course this was at the end of a week long slog at work so I was pretty tired as you can well imagine (yes, yes, I’m not as young as what I used to be!), but the excitement over what I was busy getting up to was more than enough to keep me awake, fingers glued to the keyboard as I furiously typed away at my PHP code.

But as it is with all good things, I had to eventually call it a night, as my mind and eyes slowly succumbed to the alluring call of bed, and I finished up with what I was busy and logged out of the FTP manager. Now properly tired, I thought hang on a minute, it is past midnight so my Google Analytics stats would have updated, meaning we can have a quick peek at Friday’s numbers, right?

So I duly logged into Google Analytics, checked the numbers, and then did something silly.

Because at a stage I also ran Touchwork’s Txt and Tell project’s analytics under my private account, I have two main Analytics accounts under my main Dashboard view. Seeing as I am no longer associated with the Txt and Tell project, I decided to delete that account, and so happily clicked away through the dialogs (of course saying yes to the all important “I’m sure because this is PERMANENT” one), before stepping back and smiling at my now cleaner Analytics dashboard view.

Except the smile didn’t last more than half a second.

In my blurry, hazy, sleepy state, I had accidentally deleted my personal Google Analytics account instead of the Txt and Tell one, wiping out all my Analytics accounts across ALL of my websites in one fell swoop!

Damn it.

(So Saturday morning I spend a hour recreating Analytics accounts and installing them across my various sites. Wifey was not impressed with my dawdling in the office on a day with so much to do I might add!)

And that, ladies and gentleman, is why you shouldn’t be messing around on the Internet after midnight and more importantly, when your mind has already shut down for the night! :)

How to Add Google Analytics to Joomla 1.5 CodeUnit 29 MAR 2010

Adding Google Analytics to your Joomla 1.5 website turns out to be a rather simple affair thanks to the guys behind JoomlaGATor!, formerly known as Google Analytics Module for Joomla 1.5 (needless to say, this new title for the project is a whole lot more snappy).

Featuring a host of cool features that most of us will never use like aut0-SSL, download and external link tracking as well as sub-domain tracking, the coolest thing about JoomlaGATor! has to be the fact that in order to get is working on your site, all you literally have to do is download the install package, upload/install it to your site, enable it and then finally enter your Google Analytics tracking code in the appropriately named Analytics Account Number field.

It’s seriously that easy.

Sure there is a host of other settings you can twiddle about with, but in terms of sheer reduced time of implementation you don’t really get better than this! :)

(Oh and did I mention it automatically inserts itself into the code for each published page of your site using the ga.js tracking code?)

Related Link: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/site-management/site-analytics/3356

Open Source Web Analytics: Piwik CodeUnit 28 DEC 2009

So maybe you don’t always like giving Google all of your data. Perhaps there are some things you’d like to keep to yourself, thank you very much. But what about Google Analytics. That shiny, shiny tool that tells you so much about yourself (well, particularly if you are a website of course).

Well enter Piwik, the open source alternative to Google Analytics.

Piwik is a downloadable, open source web analytics piece of software, with the ability to provide you with real time reports on your website visitors, search engines and keywords used, the language they speak, your popular pages, et cetera, et cetera. Written in PHP and using MySQL, Piwik gets installed on your own webserver and once installed will return a JavaScript tag which can then be used on any website that you wish to track.

What makes Piwik particularly nice is its flexibility. Built on top of a plugin-based framework, it is easily to extend or contract the system by simply removing plugins or perhaps creating your own. Added to this is the fact that all collected data is now hosted in a local database on your machine, meaning that you can use whatever open API you want to in order to grab the information, be it XML, JSON, CSV, whatever!

Naturally the user interface follows the current Web 2.0 example and features completely customisable, draggable interfaces, making it possible in other words to produce a solution tailored completely to your own needs.

In short, this is a great little project that is currently under active development and seems to be blazing through the awards for open source projects. Well worth a look, particularly if you are keen on moving away from Google Analytics and looking to tie in your analytics reports to your own platforms.

For more information about this project, hit the Related Link below.

piwik-screenshot

Related Link: http://piwik.org/