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OWA 1.5.3 Is Available

Apr 26th, 2012No Comments

OWA version 1.5.3 has been released. This maintenance release fixes a number of bugs in the 1.5.x series of releases. See the release notes for details.

OWA 1.5.0 is Available

Jan 25th, 2012No Comments

I’m happy to report that v1.5.0 is finally available. See the full release notes for all the goodies contained in this release.

Major New Features

  • Custom Variables – it is now possible to set and store up to five custom properties on all tracking events (pageviews, sessions, clicks, action events, etc.). Custom variables can be set for a single tracking request, across all requests that make up a single session/visit, or across all visits for a single visitor.
  • Segmentation – it is now possible to generate data result sets for a specific segment of your visitors. Segmentation is applied to the result set prior to any filtering or grouping functions – delivering a true segmented data set for you to work with. Segments can only be applied to result sets via the data access API as of this release.
  • Live View – it is now possible to turn any reports into “live” dashboards that will continually update themselves as new tracking events occur.
  • Result Set Filtering – filtering result sets has always been possible by applying constraints via the data access API but it is now possible for analysts to filter the data contained in any data table displayed on any report via the GUI.
  • Lots More Metric and Dimension Combinations – the number of dimensions and metrics that can be combined to generate result sets has been greatly expanded in this release.
  • Independent Tracking Modes – it is now possible to use only a subset of OWA’s tracking modes. For example,  you can now choose to just use OWA for tracking clicks and generating heatmaps, or for only recording and playing back mouse movements/dom streams, or even just use OWA for tracking site actions. Prior to this release you needed to track all page views and sessions in order to use any of the other tracking modes. Now you can choose to track whatever combination of tracking events that you want.
  • IP Address Exclusion – it is now possible to exclude specific IP addresses for being tracked via the general configuration UI or via the new excluded_ips config setting.
  • IP Address Anonymization – it is now possible to anonymize IP addresses by removing the last octet prior to storing them in the database. Anonymization can be controlled via the general configuration UI and the anonymize_ips config setting.
  • 20+ new dimensions – lots of new dimensions have been added. See the release notes for the full list.
  • Site/User Access Controls – you can now limit access to reports and data by user by site.

Bug Fixes

In addition to al the new features, there were also more than 59 bugs fixes in this release. See the 1.5.0 Trac milestone for more details

Updating

Please see the 1.5.0 release notes for how to update your OWA instance to the new version. There are a few extra steps if you re updating from a prior 1.5.0rc or SVN trunk.

Thanks

I’d like to thank the entire OWA community for their help and support of this release. The OWA community continues to grow and we had a record number of patches submitted by community members in the 1.5.0 cycle. Please consider getting involved by submitting a patch, files tickets for enhancements and bugs, or by making a donation to the project using the Paypal donate buttons on this site.

OWA Now a “One-Click” Install at DreamHost.com

Mar 2nd, 2011No Comments

Good news from the adoption department… The fine folks at DreamHost have made Open Web Analytics a “One-Click Install”. This means that OWA can now be easily installed by any DreamHost customer (they host over 800,000 web sites) with one click of the the old mouse or a tap of the finger if you’re into that tablet thing.

Thank you DreamHost!

Version 1.4.0 is Available

Feb 12th, 2011No Comments

Version 1.4.0 is now available. To see the full list of features, changes and bugs fixed in this release see the 1.4.0 release notes.

Major features of this release include:

  • Conversion Goal Tracking – define and track up to 15 conversion goals per web site.
  • Goal Funnels – visualize the set of steps (or funnel) that users experience before hitting your goals.
  • Campaign Tracking – add campaign tracking parameters to your inbound links and see how effective your traffic driving efforts are.
  • E-commerce Tracking – track and report on revenue and products purchased.
  • First Party Cookies – track and report on an unlimited number of web sites from a single OWA instance.
  • 60+ new metrics – all accessible via the data export API.
  • 20+ new dimensions – all accessible via the data export API.
  • 10+ new standard reports.
  • Clustered Deployment – deploy OWA across a cluster or tier of servers for better redundancy and scalability.

See the OWA wiki for the latest documentation, and please join the OWA community and file tickets for any bugs or oddities that you find.

Also, support open source web analytics by spreading the word about this release and OWA in general. Tweet, blog, smoke signals, whatever. The more we can get the word out that there is a robust open source alternative to commercial web analytics services/software, the better OWA will become.

And lastly, a big thanks to everyone that contributed to this release by filing tickets, writing code, and offering up an instance or two for debugging purposes. We had a record number of submissions and contributions to the 1.4.0 release milestone.

Next up is release 1.5.0 which you can view development plans for here.

1.4.0rc1 has been released: goals, funnels, e-commerce, campaign and more

Nov 21st, 2010No Comments

I’m pleased to announce the first release candidate for the 1.4.0 release. See the full release notes for v1.4.0 for all the nitty gritty details but this release is chock full of new features, bug fixes, and scalability improvements. Some of the highlights are:

  • Conversion Goal Tracking – define and track up to 15 conversion goals per web site.
  • Goal Funnels – visualize the set of steps (or funnel) that users experience before hitting your goals.
  • Campaign Tracking – add campaign tracking parameters to your inbound links and see how effective your traffic driving efforts are.
  • E-commerce Tracking – track and report on revenue and products purchased.
  • First Party Cookies – track and report on an unlimited number of web sites from a single OWA instance.
  • 60+ new metrics – all accessible via the data export API.
  • 20+ new dimensions – all accessible via the data export API.
  • 10+ new standard reports.
  • Clustered Deployment – deploy OWA across a cluster or tier of servers for better redundancy and scalability.

This is a release candidate so there are still some sharp edges, but please join the community and file tickets for any bugs or oddities that you experience. We’ll be updating the wiki with the latest and greatest documentation over the next few days.

Also, please support open source web analytics by spreading the word about this release and OWA in general. Tweet, blog, smoke signals, whatever. The more we can get the word out that there is a robust open source alternative to commercial web analytics services/software, the better OWA will become.

And lastly, a big thanks to everyone that contributed to this release by filing tickets, writing code, and offering up an instance or two for debugging purposes. We had a record number of submissions and contributions to this release milestone. Keep those tickets coming.

AVG Anti-virus Software Generates fake traffic

Jul 3rd, 2008No Comments

Just a heads up that anti-virus maker AVG has included a new feature in it’s AVG 8 software that generates fake visits to your web site.

The way this works is someone running AVG 8 (there are 20+ million people) searches for something using Google. AVG will, in the background, visit each web site listed in the Google’s results in order to check and see if the web site might contain malware or virus type stuff.

A nobel idea, but a nightmare for web analytics because AVG is disguising itself as a normal browser when doing these checks. Instead of properly identifying themselves, AVG uses the user-agent of IE6 – essentially making itself indistinguishable from a real web browser.

This should not effect OWA due to the super-secret checks that OWA does to see if visitors are really robots.

Stay tuned for more on the state of user-agents and inflated traffic numbers shortly.

 

OWA Presentation to Mozilla

Apr 26th, 2008No Comments

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting with the dev and analytics team at Mozilla. As you can imagine Mozilla generates a ton of data from Firefox as well as their various web properties. In short their analytics challenges are enormous. 

Mozilla is a huge supporter of various open source projects so it was great o be able to get OWA on their radar.

Below is the overview presentation I gave that talks about the what, where, and how of OWA.

OWA Overview – March, 10th 2008