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Version 1.4.1 is Available

Feb 20th, 2011No Comments

Version 1.4.1 is now available. This maintenance release fixes a variety of bugs. See the 1.4.1 release notes for the full 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.

1.4.0rc3 is released!

Dec 19th, 2010No Comments

Version 1.4.0rc3 is now available. This release fixes a number of bugs which you can see here. Full v1.4.0 release notes are here.

To upgrade from a prior 1.4.0 release candidate just copy the files over your old ones or better yet do a clean install of the files. To upgrade from a prior version of OWA, see the release notes for details.

Please report any issues bugs that you find at OWA’s Trac (trac.openwebanalytics.com) as we are aiming for a final 1.4.0 release before the end for the year!

1.4.0rc2 Has Been Released

Nov 28th, 2010No Comments

This is the second release candidate for the 1.4.0 release. 1.4.0rc2 fixes several issues with heatmap and domstream playback as well as issues tracking page views using the PHP client. See the 1.4.0 release notes for full detail on the changes since 1.4.0rc1. To update your OWA install from 1.4.0rc1, just svn switch to the 1.4.0rc2 tag or download a tarball and copy the new files over the old ones. To update from a v1.3.x or earlier, follow the instructions in the 1.4.0 release notes.

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 Has Been Released

Aug 19th, 2010No Comments

OWA version 1.3.0 has been released. You can grab the code as a tarball or from SVN.

The full v1.3.0 release notes are here.

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 greatly simplifies how you work with data in the presentation layers.

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.

Redesigned Reporting Interface – OWA’s reporting interface got a whole new look and code face lift 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 functionality. Track form submissions, video plays, downloads, or any other action that users can take on your site. You can even group action events and associate labels and values.

MediaWiki Action Tracking – OWA will now automatically track and report on the following MediaWiki actions: Article Creation/Edits/Deletions, User Registrations, User Logins, and File Uploads. No need to do custom page tagging, OWA will instrument your Mediawiki for you.

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

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

1.3.0 is the first release that requires PHP 5.2.x. It also 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.

Also, I would like to thank everyone that was involved in this release. Whether you helped out by testing the code, troubleshooting an install, filing bug tickets, or contributing code, your efforts helped make the release happen. Thanks again and please keep contributing your ideas and time to the project.

To see what’s up next, take a look at OWA’s development roadmap.

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.

OWA 1.2.4 is available – security update

Mar 28th, 2010No Comments

OWA 1.2.4 has been released. This is a critical security and bug fix release that fixes some small bugs and prevents a possible remote/local file inclusion attack that was brought to our attention. We highly recommend that everyone upgrades to this latest release as soon as possible.

Open Web Analytics 1.2.3 is Available

Mar 14th, 2010No Comments

This is a quick bug fix release that fixes a problem with new visit and geo-location reporting. See the release notes for more details.

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