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After near­ly 4 years of good and loy­al ser­vices (sic), our ana­lyt­ics inter­face based on AWStats has been retired, to be replaced with a brand new one – based on Piwik. It is more pow­er­ful, more pleas­ant and more intu­itive, so this new inter­face is bound to please you.

Before you rush and try it, here are a few impor­tant items of information:

  • All sta­tis­tics users signed up in your always­da­ta admin­is­tra­tion have been reini­tial­ized. As the pass­word hash algo­rithm in AWStats is not the same as in Piwik, we do not have the choice (since we obvi­ous­ly do not store any pass­word in unen­crypt­ed form). Therefore, you will have to go to the always­da­ta admin­is­tra­tion, in the Statistics sec­tion, then reset your user’s password.
  • All the his­to­ry will be grad­u­al­ly import­ed into Piwik. This means that, for the time being, only 2011 is vis­i­ble. The import process should take sev­er­al months for com­ple­tion: indeed, we have to process sev­er­al bil­lion requests…
  • Theoretically, Piwik has been designed to oper­ate via a Javascript tag put on each HTML page (like Google Analytics). It has been upgrad­ed for it to use the raw logs gen­er­at­ed by the HTTP serv­er. Consequently, some infor­ma­tion is not avail­able (par­tic­u­lar­ly the brows­er capa­bil­i­ties: Flash, Java, etc.). Besides, the cal­cu­la­tion of the viewed pages is less reli­able: we start from the gen­er­at­ed hits (includ­ing the sta­t­ic files, the down­load­able files, etc.) and we exclude some tra­di­tion­al exten­sions (.css, .js, .png, etc.). According to the type of your site, some URL will be con­sid­ered as “viewed pages” although they are not, obvi­ous­ly. This is a tech­ni­cal lim­i­ta­tion that can­not be overcome.

Several improve­ments have been already planned in future:

  • The capa­bil­i­ty to seg­ment your sta­tis­tics per site;
  • The update of your sta­tis­tics will no longer take place every­day but more fre­quent­ly, prob­a­bly on an hourly basis;
  • The abil­i­ty to insert the Piwik tag your­self in your pages, in order to obtain even more accu­rate statistics.

Please, do not hes­i­tate to share your feed­back with us about the new inter­face, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you have com­ments to make. This will allow us to cor­rect our import script if the need aris­es (to add exten­sions that should not be con­sid­ered as “viewed pages”, for example).