Statistics of visitors


(Miroslav Glavić) #1

What do you use to gather statistics of your visitors? We have all used Google Analytics, correct?

I have used GA and statistics plugins over the years.

What do you use? Explain your choice please.


#2

Google Analytics is anti-ethical, so I avoid it at all cost. Fortunately, that isn’t a very high cost. :slight_smile:

For a JavaScript approach, the best in class is Piwik. However, as you may have noticed recently, JavaScript-based tracking has become less effective, as folks are finally motivated to block external scripts with browser add-ons. Yay!

In this case, I use access logs from web servers, and load them in something like GoAccess, or another system that can output a history graph.

GoAccess is amazing, and I am still working out various recipes for moving logs around to generate HTML for clients. I just use the CLI for my own stuff.

Another system that can read logs? Piwik! Yep, you can import logs and have Piwik generate the reports for ya. I love that! It makes it easier to give log access, since it already has user authentication. :slight_smile:


(Leland Fiegel) #3

Mind elaborating on that?


(Miroslav Glavić) #4

ethics, beauty and morality are all in the eye of the beholder.