One of the things I picked up from Jamie and Garrick talking nerd stuff on this episode of the Open Loop podcast was a reference to the open source project Piwik. Despite this thing having millions of downloads, I had never heard of it.


Basically, it is an open source version of Google Analytics that you can self-host. I have it running on this blog now, and it is pretty cool. Even better, via the WP-Piwik plugin, you can see the stats directly on your WordPress dashboard page.

I had a problem where I thought the thing wasn’t working for a while. I saw the stats on my dashboard but not going directly to my Piwik installation. It wasn’t until I dug around that I discovered that I had five entries for this blog, four of which were not receiving stats. Switching it to “Show all sites” then brought in everything I wanted. I am not sure exactly how the other four got created, but that issue is resolved now. It’s a neat little package and fits squarely in my goal lately of bringing more control in house. I like it. Thanks, Jamie and Garrick!

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5 thoughts on “Piwik”

  1. Dave Slusher says:

    I like it. I need to start putting the other sites into it as well. It is good to have this data and also to have it under my control.

  2. matt says:

    Sorry about the extra websites created, it was a bug in 2.6.1 which was fixed in 2.7.0 now released. See more details here: https://github.com/piwik/piwik/pull/6155

    Glad to see you enjoy Piwik!

  3. Glad you are liking Piwik. Beware that if you start sending it a lot of traffic you may need to watch performance. When I had 50 or so sites the all websites tab would get a bit slow. They’ve been working on this in recent versions. If you dedicate even a basic VPS to it you can do a ton though.


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