I have used Google Analytics ever since I registered my first website and haven’t had any complaints so far. It does what it does ti my satisfaction and answers most questions about my site visitors plus some more. I haven’t had the need or urge to look for an alternate web analytics offering so far.
I recently came across an interesting alternative, Woopra that seemed worth looking at. One of the main features of Woopra that attracted me was live visitor tracking. Let’s look at some of the other features Woopra offers:
- Woopra offers web analytics and site statistics that is updated at least once a day with several stats getting updated multiple times a day.
- It offers Live Tracking of visitors so you have more immediate information.
- Woopra can be installed on WordPress, vBulletin forums as a plugin and is also supported by manual installation on other major blog/CMS platforms. (more info)
- It comes with a cool multi-platform client software that is available for Windows, Mac & Linux.
- With the real time information on search trends, traffic spikes, user queries, generating content or taking action becomes immediate based on user actions.
- You can search your data by specific data points to get a deeper understanding of visitors that matter to your site.
- Embed a click to chat button in your site to let your visitors chat with the webmaster.
- If you run WordPress, vBulletin, MediaWiki, etc it allows tracking registered users.
- Custom notification based on your set events like certain user’s visit, or users from certain country, browser, etc or an event like an ad click or sales, etc.
- Woopra is designed to be a platform rather than a solution and can be extended with plugins and skins through their API.
- It has a thriving forum for any questions or issues you may have with the product.
Woopra is free during beta and allows tracking one site. When the paid service becomes available, Woopra says there will still be a free service.
I have registered ShanKri-la to test out this beta service and will share my impressions on it after some time and see if I can compare it to Google Analytics. I am waiting for site approval at the moment to start using Woopra and excited that the client is supported for my Linux desktop as well.
Linux Installation Tip
If you are trying to install Woopra in your Linux desktop like Ubuntu or openSUSE, make sure you have JRE 1.6 installed.
Also, if you get an error when installing with sh woopra_unix.sh command,
gzip: sfx_archive.tar.gz: not in gzip format
Try downloading the file with this from the linux command line,
w get http://static.woopra.com/woopra_unix.sh?anti-cache=12398794379
Then rename the file to woopra_unix.sh before executing it to install the client. ( ‘w get’ is just one word without the space but WordPress won’t let me save the post spelt right)
A contact of mine on Twitter said he’s been waiting for 2 weeks for approval so I’m not sure how soon mine will be approved. As soon as it does, I will post a followup with more first hand information on this service.
Update: I have used Woopra for a while and the statistics are so addictive that I keep spending a lot of time watching users go through different pages and even has helped me provide a bit of customer service at one point.