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Aug 17 2008

Woopra – Track Your Web Site Visitors in Real Time Better than Google Analytics

Woopra Web Analytics
At the Bloggers Meet-up I attended on Friday I had the chance to get a beta invite code for Woopra.

Woopra is a Web Site Analytics program similar in operation to Google Analytics. These type of Analytics differ from the log based Analytics Apps such as AWStats that is provided with most hosting accounts. The reason these differ is that these rely upon Javascript code on each page in order for the Analytics program to work.

In order to start using Woopra, you have to register for an account at the Woopra website. You can then add your websites to your account. If you have a beta invite code, your sites are enabled immediately. If not, you have to wait until they release some more codes and approve your site. I am unaware how long this takes at present.

Once your site is approved, you need to start using the tracking Javascript. There is a WordPress plugin that you enable and then enter the Website ID into the Plugin Configuration Screen, that is found on your WordPress Dashboard. If your site is not WordPress, you need to manually enter the Javascript shown on your Woopra Account just before the tag. I use a PHP Include for the footer for one of my non WordPress sites so this was very easy for me.

To view the Woopra Analytics, you either use the Woopra website, which shows limited information but the best way to view the stats is with the downloadable client. This client is available now for Windows and Mac. The Mac version has just been updated and works now without needing the latest 64bit only Java Runtime.

You enter your Woopra details into the client and it stars receiving stats for your account in real time.

Now, the killer use of Woopra is the real time alerting. You can see visitors as they come to your site in real time, along with information such as the referrer and also what page they are currently on. I have to date not used any tool that comes even close to what is offered by Woopra. You can also interact with the users by opening up a MSN Messenger type window in their browser. This seems like a really powerful tool for sales based companies to track web site usage and attempt to interact with the potential customer in real time as you can see how the visitor came to the site.

I have enabled Woopra on three sites. One is WordPress, one is hand cranked PHP and the other used RapidWeaver. I have got it working fine on all three with no fuss whatsoever.

Below is a screenshot showing a map of the world that shows which nation your visitors are coming from.

Woopra Web Analytics

The screenshot below shows one of the many representations of data. This case for referrers.

Woopra Web Analytics

I know a lot of fellow bloggers and webmasters read this blog. If you have not yet tried Woopra, what are you waiting for. I think this is the best analytics tool I have used and cannot wait to see how it develops in the future.

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  1. ProductivityScience said on August 17th, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Wow! Looks incredible. Do you have an invite for beta users? Maybe you’ll share one ;)

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  2. Andrew Mason said on August 18th, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I do not have any spare beta invites but as soon as I do I will let you know.

    Thanks, Andrew..

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  3. ProductivityScience said on August 18th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Thank you, Andrew, I will wait.

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  4. Pascal Venier said on August 18th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    @Andrew Thanks for the pointer. I signed up and it only took minutes for me to receive a confirmation of my registration giving me access to the site.

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  5. ProductivityScience said on August 20th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    I registered two days ago and there was no problems with registration at all. But I added two my sites to analytics and both of them still have status “Pending Approval”.
    As I understood, only invite code allows to add sites immediately.

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  6. DanGTD said on August 20th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    It looks like a really great tool. I can’t wait to try it.
    Maybe they will consider, in the future, releasing a version uploadable to the server, such as Mint.

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  7. Andrew Mason said on August 20th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    @ProductivityScience I have a few sites that are in the same state. I hear that the wait is around a week so fingers crossed. When I used the invite code, the sites were added straight away.

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  8. Beztar Johnson said on December 24th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Does it only work as a plug-in or can u do it with javascript code like with Google Analytics?

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