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12 30 2008
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Testing the Waters

I’m working on a new web application in my spare time, due to my frustration with what currently exists on the internet in a particular niche. I’ll be posting more information as development continues here, so expect more to come shortly. Things are already in development, but I want to test the waters so to speak while things are more agile.

I won’t go into detail about just what it is (yet!), but I’d like to ask for your assistance so I can learn a little more about the problem, this should take no more than about two minutes to answer if you’d be so kind:

  1. What software do you use to manage your site (CMS)?
  2. What software do you use to watch your statistics?
  3. Do you use any other software to manage or watch your website, if so, what?
  4. What are your three favorite things to see reported about your website?
  5. What are your three least favorite things about the software you use to manage or watch your website?


  1. 1. WordPress
    2. Mint
    3. Not at the moment
    4. New unique referrers, new comments, new twitter mentions
    5. Signing in, data disparity, information overload

  2. 1. Drupal
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. New unique visitors, lack of errors, and the way the site is navigated.
    5. Google Analytics is ugly and not very user friendly.

  3. Hi

    1. WordPress
    2. Google Analytics and Feedburner
    3. No
    4. New comments, feed subscribers, number of visits
    5. The problem with Feedburner is that people have to subscribe to “their” feed and not mine. When you click the rss button on my site, you’re redirected to the Feedburner feed.

  4. 1. WordPress
    2. Google Analytics’s, AWStats, tail -f access_log
    3. Google search, Google AdWords, Twitter search
    4. Comments, unique users, return visits
    5. Disparate, ruins my flow by monitoring systems, synchronous actions (have to refresh/request most to view info)

  5. 1. WordPress.
    2. Mint, primarily, but occasionally Google Analytics.
    3. An occasional peak at Feedburner.
    4. With Mint: visits, referrers, blog comments; with GA: visits over time, location, other in-depth information.
    5. With Mint: inability to see information over a greater period of time, and hassle with upgrading Mint and various Peppers (I can’t think of a third thing - in general I love the app); with GA: overly-complex interface, unnecessary info, underwhelming user experience.

    I hope that helps, man! Needless to say, I’m very excited about what you’ve got planned. :)

  6. 1) WordPress
    2) AWStats, Webalizer
    3) no
    4) popular pages, searched terms, comments
    5) having to update templates

  7. 1. WordPress
    2. Google Analytics - WordPress Stats
    3. Feedburner
    4. New Comments, Todays Visits. Referrers, Subscribers
    5. Anything else

  8. 1. Expression Engine, Textpattern, Tumblr
    2. Analytics, Mint, Feedburner
    3. Twitter Search
    4. Referrers, visits, locations
    5. I like the simplicity of Mint, but the power of Analytics. Neither provides a solid way to combine and filter information — ie. “There were 135 visitors yesterday, here are the ways they got there, here’s info about them.” Finding these things is possible, but takes about 50 not-entirely-intuitive clicks.

  9. 1. WordPress
    2. WordPress Stats & Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Number of visitors, referrers, search engine terms
    5. None really - although there is a difference in numbers reported between the two I use

  10. 1. WordPress
    2. Mint
    3. Feedburner stats for RSS, Askimet stats for spam.
    4. Mentioned on interesting blogs, mentioned on design galleries without personal submission, mentioned on Twitter.
    5. WordPress 2.7 is ugly as sin (downgraded immediately, ick). Otherwise, love Mint & its Feedburner integration.

  11. 1. Ruby on Rails (custom-built cms & blogging engine)
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Feedburner for feeds.
    4. Visitors, Visitor Location, Referrer
    5. Really, nothing specific. I can’t complain about the CMS, since I built it, and Analytics is pretty thorough. I wish there was a bit less of a lag in it updating the stats, but that’s minor.

  12. 1. ExpressionEngine
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Not really
    4. Referring sites, visitors, search engine keywords
    5. EE costs money (for full feature set), but that’s life. I don’t really have any other complaints.

  13. 1. WordPress, but Drupal definately recommended for larger sites
    2. Webalizer
    3. Google Webmaster Tools
    4. Subscribers to RSS feed, post comments and high number of visitors
    5. Slow loading times, that’s about it, WordPress is a godsend in my opinion!

  14. Referring to

    1. Our own custom written CMS
    2. Mint and Google Analytics
    3. None
    4. Visitor numbers, feed subscriber numbers, referring sources
    5. GA and Mint don’t allow you to easily access data (in an API). That’s it really.

  15. 1. WordPress
    2. Google Analytics, FeedBurner, Google Webmaster Tools
    3. Pingdom, Alexa
    4. Visitor numbers, feed subscriber numbers, post comments
    5. Would prefer it if data was shared between GA, FeedBurner and GWT, WordPress is a blogging platform at it’s heart therefore not ideal for a CMS, GA FeedBurner GWT and Alexa aren’t real-time.

  16. 1. WordPress, but I might use Expression Engine in the near future.
    2. Mint. I don’t have enough patience to use Google Analytics.
    3. Feedburner
    4. Unique referrers. That’s it. Oh, and instant gratification, which is the reason I don’t use Google Analytics.
    5. Mint displays short-term statistics in detail, but isn’t as precise with older statistics. As for Google Analytics, I share the same feelings as Elliot.

    I can’t wait for whatever it is you’re working on!

  17. 1. Custom-built blog and CMS
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Unique visitors, page views, error logging in a more appealing way
    5. Google Analytics is done using Javascript. Would rather have something done at the server level instead of client level.

  18. 1. Django
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Nope
    4. New visitors to the site, what page gets the most hits, page times, and subscriptions
    5. No regrets with using Django, though it would be nice to have statistics built in.

  19. 1. SilverStripe
    2. Google Analytics
    3. None
    4. Unique visitors, Refferrers, Keywords
    5. It’s an overloaded UI for Analytics

  20. 1. Expression Engine
    2. Mint
    3. Google Analytics
    4. Unique Visitors, Referrers & Keywords
    5. Sometimes a bit short-sighted.

  21. 1. WordPress
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. unique visitors, traffic sources and where did the hits come from
    5. none

  22. 1. WordPress
    2. None
    3. None
    4. N / A
    5. N / A

    Seems I go a too basic line for this survey :)

  23. 1. ExpressionEngine
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Mint
    4. Refers, Keywords, Unique Visitors
    5. Inconsistency in numbers

  24. 1. Django
    2. Google Analytics, thinking about trying Mint
    3. No
    4. Where users come from, what pages they visit, browser/computer info (screen size, etc)
    5. We use Google Analytics because it’s free, but I feel like a jerk, being that it’s JavaScript and it seems a little intrusive.

  25. 1. CodeIgniter
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Screen resolution, Origin, Connection speed
    5. Nothing important

  26. 1: WordPress
    2: Google Analytics
    3: No
    4: Visitors, Comments and Trackbacks, basically any sort of activity
    5: Information Overload, but I guess that can be solved with 2.7, and constant large updates which cause compatability problems.

  27. 1- Mostly WordPress
    2- Google Analytics, WordPress Stats plugin
    3- Pingdom, Alexa, Feedburner
    4- Traffic (referrers, hits, search terms, etc…), RSS count (Feedburner), # of comments and/or trackbacks on posts
    5- Nothing really, I’m quite happy :)

    Looking forward to seeing what you have planned :)

  28. 1. Textpattern
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Textpattern visitor log
    4. referrers, time on site, search terms
    5. Not close to real-time, cannot block my own IP (or can I?) which pollutes data during development, slow UI

  29. 1. WordPress
    2. Mint
    3. Will occasionally glance at AW Stats
    4. Feedburner stats, referrals, pages visited
    5. I wish I could integrate WordPress with Mint a little better. I hate updating peppers. Wish you could go a bitter deeper with the info Mint gives you.

  30. 1. Textpattern
    2. Mint + Google Analytics
    3. Google Webmaster Tools
    4. New referrers, pages visited, searches
    5. Updating Mint and its Peppers is a pain, but other than that I feel like the tools I use complement each other well.

  31. 1. Custom or WordPress, This custom one is built on top of CodeIgniter though…
    2. Currently Google Analytics, as I don’t have money for Mint
    3. no
    4. More traffic, A rise in readers, a little generated work.
    5. It’s somewhat not tailored perfectly to my needs, and, I didn’t make it.

  32. Oh, #3 I could’ve also put down feedburner.. oh well.

  33. Wordpress or Expression Engine
    google analytics
    traffic (referers, hot content)
    lack of automated feedback

  34. 1. Textpattern
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Aw Stats
    4. Top traffic sources, pages viewed, new vs returning visitors
    5. Pretty happy so far

  35. 1. Drupal
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Comments, Engagement, User Deomographics
    5. Too many steps to see specific metrics, no real time, under reporting other SE usage

  36. Hello,

    1. WordPress
    2. WordPress Stats & Google Analytics
    3. Nothing else.
    4. Visits, most popular content, visit origin (referrals, location.)
    5. For the size of our projects, these work pretty well as they are.

    I’ll keep track of your project, good luck!

  37. Hi there.

    1. Extensively customised multi-site Mephisto (in Ruby on Rails)
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Nope
    4. Visitors, keywords and referrers
    5. Pretty happy with it in general

    Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

    All the best,


  38. 1. Symphony, Vanilla
    2. Mint
    3. Google Webmaster Tools
    4. New referrers
    5. Long time between updates (Symphony)

  39. 1. Textpattern
    2. Reinvigorate
    3. Crazy Egg
    4. Refferers, view depth, searches
    5. None that I can think of

  40. 1. Textpattern
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Visitor’s countries
    5. None

  41. 1. Custom (really considering Drupal)
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Webalizer, rarely
    4. Visitor’s browsers and versions, popular content
    5. I have to write code for my own “CMS” almost everytime I update my site. And Webalizer is ugly.

  42. 1. In-house custom-made CMS
    2. Google Analytics
    3. No
    4. Visitors, origin, screen-resolution, browser.
    5. Our own CMS is not very flexible for the moment. (That’ll change soon.)

  43. 1. Aintablog
    2. Mint/Analytics
    3. Not at the moment
    4. New subscribers, new comments, twitter trackbacks?
    5. None that I can think of at the moment.

  44. 1. Textpattern
    2. Google Analytics
    3. Google Webmaster Tools
    4. New referrers
    5. Peppers

  45. 1. WordPress.
    2. Google Analytics, from time to time.
    3. ConTEXT as a code editor. Nothing else really.
    4. Traffic in general, what the users do on my site.
    5. WordPress is a bit hard to master (especially working with themes). Google Analytics is hard to view (all the jumbling just to get it open in my browser). Nothing too bad. :)

  46. Currently, XML.

    Though I’m almost finished with a CMS I will implement on future sites.. Check it out here:

  47. 1. Textpattern
    2. Webablizer and Textpatter
    3. no
    4. Usage - like to see visitors
    5. none right now…. no problems to report