Open Source Web Analytics

Google Analytics may be free, but it is still based on proprietary technology – which means you only ever get reports on the things that Google thinks are necessary and some of those reports are aimed at people using Google’s other services. Further, using Google Analytics means that you’re tied to Google’s Terms of Service. Open Web Analytics and Piwik are two alternatives to Google Analytics.

Open Web Analytics (OWA) is open source web analytics software that you can use to track and analyze how people use your web sites and applications. OWA is licensed under GPL and provides web site owners and developers with easy ways to add web analytics to their sites using simple Javascript, PHP, or REST based APIs. OWA also comes with built-in support for tracking web sites made with popular content management frameworks such as WordPress and MediaWiki.

Piwik is an open source real time web analytics software program. It provides you with detailed reports on your website visitors: the search engines and keywords they used, the language they speak, your popular pages. Piwik is a PHP MySQL software program that you download and install on your own webserver. After the installation process you will be given a JavaScript tag. Simply copy and paste this tag on websites you wish to track (or use an existing plugin to do it automatically for you) and access your analytics reports in real time.

Open Web Analytics (OWA) is open source web analytics software that you can use to track and analyze how people use your web sites and applications. OWA is licensed under GPL and provides web site owners and developers with easy ways to add web analytics to their sites using simple Javascript, PHP, or REST based APIs. OWA also comes with built-in support for tracking web sites made with popular content management frameworks such as WordPress and MediaWiki.

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