Piwik for analytics

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It's a jungle out there. I've been using Google Analytics for a while now and it's the default for anything I make, without thinking. I'm not necessarily a Google hater but in this age of eroding personal privacy, I think we need to do more to protect whatever privacy we still have left. Enter Piwik.

From their website, Piwik says they're a leading open-source analytics platform with 100% data ownership, user privacy protection, is customisable and extensible. Basically everything Google Analytics does but without the Google account and the privacy concerns, plus it's open-source so there's that. Only one thing though, you have to host it. Enter sandstorm.

Sandstorm is an open-source operating system for personal and private clouds. It allows you host open-source applications without having to have a server. The have an App Market where you can download and install popular open-source web applications. Anything from Etherpad to Wordpress and of course Piwik. Their free plan allows you up to 200MB, Piwik installed comes to almost 34MB.

From here all you have to do is install Piwik, sign up and paste the JavaScript code to your website or Blog and that's it. Simplified analytics with peace of mind.

Of course I'm always wary of services like Sandstorm, they get bought and shut down so you might want to keep that in mind.

Thanks to HackerNews for the link to this blog post without which I wouldn't know about Sandstorm.