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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 1.5.2 is Available

Feb 9th, 2012No Comments

OWA version 1.5.2 has been released. This maintenance release fixes a few bugs including a possible race condition when installing via the WordPress plugin. See the release notes for details.

OWA 1.5.1 is Available

Jan 29th, 2012No Comments

Version 1.5.1 has been released. This maintenance release fixes a number of bugs and issues relating to site level access controls. Also, the release introduces the Sites Roster report (which is also the new start page for reporting) and support for WordPress multi-site installs. See the release notes for details.

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.

1.3.1 Has Been Released

Sep 12th, 2010No Comments

1.3.1 is a small release to address issues when installing under WordPress 3.0.x.

1.3.0 RC1 Has Been Released

Aug 2nd, 2010No Comments

OWA version 1.3.0RC1 is the first release candidate for the 1.3.0 release and is available as a tarball or from SVN.

Major New Features

True Metrics & Dimensions – this release introduces a new abstraction layer for all of OWA’s metric and dimensions that allows developers and analysts to work with them without having detailed understanding of OWA’s underlying database schema. All metrics and dimensions now have their own names – allowing you to easily mix and match them in result sets and API calls.

Result sets – metrics and dimensions are now accessed through a new API method called getResultSet. This method greatly simplifies access to metric and dimension combinations and returns a new paginatedResultSet object that will greatly simplify how you work with data in the presentation layers. Result sets can contain multiple metrics, dimensions and can be constrained by any number of constraints. Constraint support has also been enhanced to add regex and substring constraints.

Data Export API – OWA now has a REST based API that you can use to export data in JSON, XML, serialized PHP, and even basic HTML. The API utilizes user specific secret key authentication or cookie based authentication when used within a pre-authenticated OWA session.

Redesigned Reporting Interface – OWA’s reporting interface gets a whole new look and code facelift bringing with it HTML5 graphing/charting as well as paginated data grids.

Action Tracking – you can now track an unlimited number of custom site “action” events using the new Action Tracking methods. Action events can be grouped and can have associated labels and a numeric value. Action events are stored in a new fact table and its associated metrics and dimensions can be accessed through the API.

MediaWiki Action Tracking – OWA will now automatically track and report on the following MediaWiki actions: Article Creation/Edits/Deletion, User Registrations, User Logins, and File Uploads.

WordPress Action Tracking – OWA will now automatically track and report on the following WordPress actions: Post Creation/Edits/Deletion, User Registrations, User Logins, New Comment, New Blog Created (WP v3.0), User Profile Edit, Password Reset, and Attachment Creations, Edits, Deletion.

The release also contains lots of new reporting metrics and dimensions, five new reports, and tons of developer features. See the release notes for more details.

Upgrading from 1.2.4 or Earlier

This release requires PHP 5.2.x and contains significant database schema changes that may take a long time depending on the size of your database. These schema updates must be applied from the command line to avoid browser timeouts.

Please see 1.3.0 release notes for instructions on how to install or upgrade this release.

Open Web Analytics 1.2.1 has been Released!

Feb 25th, 2010No Comments

OWA version 1.2.1 has been released. See the release notes for OWA 1.2.1 here.

Overall, version 1.2.1 includes significant speed and memory usage improvements, tons of bug fixes, and some major new features including:

Domstream Recordings. OWA can now record a visitor’s mouse movements, keystrokes, and clicks as part of a “screen recording”. Think of it as a video camera that allows you to see exactly how visitors interact with your pages. Domstream Recordings are a great way to analyze the usability of your pages. It’s like having a usability lab embedded on every page.

Client-side Heatmaps. Part of a new overlay reporting framework, OWA now uses the wonders of HTML 5’s Canvas to paint heatmaps over your web pages. As part of this, the heatmap height and number of observation limits have been removed! Client-side heatmaps have been successfully tested with over 50,000 observations.

URL Parameter Filters. You can now tell OWA to strip off session based parameters from your URLs. This will help you ensure that OWA only tracks your canonical URLs.

Revamped Javascript Tracker. The Javascript tracker API has been re-factored to be much faster and easier to integrate with other Javascript. Support for tracking custom DOM events has also been added.

Filters. It is now possible for developers to filter tracking data before events are written to the database. See the wiki for more on what filter hooks are available in this release.

This version also brings significant changes to OWA’s configuration, PHP APIs, as well as directory structure so please consult the release notes for upgrade instructions.

1.2.1 includes a number of bug fixes that were found in the last release candidate so be sure to “svn up” or download the 1.2.1 tarball here.

1.2.1rc1 is Available

Jan 2nd, 2010No Comments

What’s a better way to celebrate the new year than a sitting down with a new version of OWA. This is the first release candidate for version 1.2.1. See the release notes for OWA 1.2.1 here.

1.2.1 includes significant speed and memory usage improvements as well as tons of bug fixes and even some major new features including:

Domstream Recordings. OWA can now record a visitor’s mouse movements, keystrokes, and clicks as part of a “screen recording” that allows you to play back the interaction just as you would a video. Domstream Recordings are a great way to analyze the usability of your pages.

Client-side Heatmaps. Part of a new overlay reporting framework, OWA now uses the wonders of HTML 5’s Canvas to paint heatmaps over your web pages. As part of this, the heatmap height and number of observation limits have been removed! Client-side heatmaps have been successfully tested with over 50,000 observations.

URL Parameter Filters. You can now tell OWA to strip off session based parameters from your URLs. This will help you ensure that OWA only tracks your canonical URLs.

Revamped Javascript Tracker. The Javascript tracker API has been re-factored to be much faster and easier to integrate with other Javascript. Support for tracking custom DOM events has also been added.

This version also brings significant changes to OWA’s configuration, PHP APIs, as well as directory structure so please consult the release notes for upgrade instructions.

1.2.0rc2 Released

Feb 3rd, 2009No Comments

Quick release to address the following bugs in RC1:

  • Login was failing on some WordPress installs due to OWA looking for WP’s user role in an array whose keys are not always consistent. (Thanks to Nathan)
  • CSS was looking for images that did not exist¬†(Thanks to Nathan)
  • Fix spelling error on permissions error msg.¬†(Thanks to Nathan)
If upgrading from RC1 just SVN up or download the new tarball.
If upgrading from 1.1.x then see last post for install instructions.
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