Trying out a new plugin

What: I’m trying out Koko Analytics by Ibericode on this site and on a client’s site. Just two months ago I did a big search on privacy respecting website analytics and couldn’t find anything much of anything that looked promising, especially for potential clients. This looks very promising.

How: Koko Analytics does not use third-party services and it runs inside WordPress. It does not keep track of bounce rates or how long a visitor remains on a page.

Where: Read also Introducing Koko Analytics by Danny van Kooten.

Thoughts: It’s clearly still in development; there are updates with improvements. You can exclude logged-in users from the statistics but I have the impression that I’m still being counted. It’s either that or bots. I’m also using Statcounter on this site for analytics and I can put them next to each other. I don’t mind if it isn’t perfect or all that detailed, as long as it’s roughly right.

The client site I installed it on is a client who I did a big redesign for recently. They never had any kind of counter or tracking on their site, have no real interest in it and they never log onto their site. It has more traffic than this blog does though and I know roughly when traffic to their site spikes, so I thought I’d see what it does over there.

Photo of Wortel Cornelia “Coco” by me on Flickr

2 thoughts on “Trying out a new plugin”

  1. Hey Naomi,

    Thank you for trying out Koko Analytics, glad you came across it. As this post is a few days old by now, do you have any ideas on how to make it better for you? I’d love to take them into consideration.

    Also, do you still think that you’re being tracked even though your user role is configured to be excluded from tracking? You can make certain by opening up the “Network” tab in your browser’s developer tools and looking for a request named “koko_analytics_collect”.

    Regards, Danny

    • Hello Danny, thank you for coming by and asking questions. I’m still getting used to your pretty, new plugin. I’ve been using Google Analytics and Statcounter for so long, and I’m so used to being able to follow a visitor’s path through my website, a secret pleasure, even if I had no idea who that visitor was.
      So I’m getting used to not having that particular pleasure but instead having the pleasure of knowing I’m not feeding someone’s curiosity into an ever-hungry machine. And having referrers, top 8 pages visited and overall stats, is perfect. That’s a lot of information already. It looks very pretty and clean, and it really is very lightweight. I like it a lot.
      Anyway, no, I don’t still feel that my visits are being logged. I think it was bots, as your last update seems to have fixed it.
      What I noticed, and found interesting, is that my visits are not logged from other browser on this computer either, but they are logged when I use Browserstack or my phone to visit the site.
      The other site I’m using it on should be getting some more attention this week, and I’ll be curious to see what Koko will tell me about that attention. After that, I would like to start using it on some new sites, see if I can convince some of my clients to give it a try. I don’t think that’ll be hard.
      Thank you for making Koko Analytics!


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