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A website visitor tracking statistics free open source alternative to Google Analytics

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Everyone that wants to know how his/her website’s traffic is doing has a form of “visitor counter” or web traffic analytics software. By what I’ve seen, the most popular one is Google Analytics.

There’s a free and open source web alternative to Google Analytics and its called Piwik.

I’ve been using this software for several months now and its been great. You can get your visitor data right away, instead of waiting about 24 hours for Google Analytics to give you its results.

Piwik interface screenshot

Here are some of the features Piwik offers:

  • A quick and simple installer. All you need is PHP on your webserver and a database
  • A highly configurable user interface
  • A plugin system to add more functionality
  • An API to integrate your site’s statistics to any web enabled application
  • Last visits graph
  • Average time on site
  • List of referrers and search engines
  • List of keywords that people used to find your site
  • A graph that shows at the times your visitors came
  • List of countries where your visitors come from
  • A record of your visited pages and even downloads

And there’s a bunch of more things you can track.

So quit depending on third parties to get your site’s traffic information and use Piwik.

Statistics image via Flickr by Michael Balzer.
Piwik screenshot via Flickr by Louis Volant

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6 thoughts on “A website visitor tracking statistics free open source alternative to Google Analytics

  1. Smireesee says:

    Good post, good looking blog, added it to my favs!

  2. sanjo says:

    very nice post and is very interesting

  3. Peter Welsh says:

    Yes, a nice one. But very limited in repoting capabilities.
    What is a analytics program good for if you can’t have detailed page views by visitor? There is need to have “per customer page views” statistics if you want to track down visitor behaviour

  4. Piwik is a great tool, though it lacks some features to compete on the same level with GA. I’ve recentely done a little research on this topic, you can check out my blog.

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