Piwik Analytics for those who know
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Updated April 29, 2015

Piwik Analytics for those who know

Score 9 out of 10
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Software Version

2.2.0

Overall Satisfaction with Piwik

We use Piwik as an alternative to Google Analytics for our clients who want to track their web site statistics and would rather not have their data hosted by Google. In addition, we use it to track our own website's data.
  • Multiple sites can be easily configured and tracked in one central dashboard.
  • There is more than one way to track the site visits - javascript is not necessary (but is of course the easiest way to track)
  • With the new version 2.0, various reports can be 'widgetized' and embedded in other web pages that are not necessarily part of the main Piwik domain (i.e. you can embed live reports in a client's intranet)
  • Initial setup is simple, but you'll need to know something about your server environment.
  • Importing raw data from server logs is not trivial, and takes a bit of work to get right.
  • As with any analytics program, Piwik has enabled us to look at where the traffic is going and how to optimize for that traffic. In particular, the nightly email reports keep the design and account staff engaged with the sites and give them a 'big picture' view.
I have used Google Analytics in the past and still do for our clients who wish to use it, although I am not absolutely familiar with its features. AWStats & Urchin of course analyze the raw server logs, but are not as feature rich or configurable as Piwik.
Perfect for those who want total control of their data and are savvy with web technologies.

Using Piwik

The price is always right - free. Of course, a donation is accepted and it looks as if the developers have made the most of such. In addition, you are in control and own all the data.

Piwik Implementation

Only one hiccup when we were using a beta installation. Other than that, smooth sailing.