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  • jarbenne 3:55 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analytics,   

    Statistics Update 

    One month ago the analytics service we had been using on the Commons pushed out an update that broke our stats gathering functionality. We have spent a good deal of time this month trying to sort out where the issue lies, and how we can get things back up and running. I’m making an executive decision now to throw in the towel and shift to Google Analytics as our statistics provider.

    You don’t need to do anything. Under the Dashboard menu you will notice a new Statistics link that is running Google Analytics in the background. Google is the gold standard in web analytics, so we are confident that this shouldn’t be an issue in the future. The downside is that you are now starting from scratch, so you will be able to compare your daily stats, but won’t be able to see the growth of your web presence over the past year.

    Thank you for understanding this change.

    Those of you relying on Jetpack for statistics provided by wordpress.com will not be affected by this change.

  • jarbenne 10:46 pm on June 12, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: analytics, piwik,   

    Wow, Stats from @piwik OR What Happened to my Stats 

    We have recently enabled piwik to provision site stats to our users. This will allow all users to see the traffic their site is receiving. Previously this service was provided by the Jetpack plugin for the select users who took advantage of that plugin. If you have Jetpack activated, the stats from Jetpack still exist under your dashboard if you click on Jetpack/Site Stats. This new analytics infrastructure allows all members of the HWDSB Commons to see the traffic their site is garnering (Jetpack requires the user to be 13 years, which excluded a large number of our young bloggers).

    Piwik is an open source company, like WordPress, which aligns with our mission to leverage the open source community whenever possible in deference to commercial tools. We believe that Open Source software, and the spirit of community that is developed within its user base, is a powerful force, allowing users to contribute to a community, rather than merely existing as a product to be advertised at.

    As always, report any problems of glitches you encounter either by commenting on this post, or by @mentioning @jarbenne on the Commons.

    Thanks as always to @rfowler, who takes the vision and makes it a reality for our users.

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