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16 October 2012, 15:56

Piwik 1.9 adds Transitions view and GeoIP integration

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Zoom The new Transitions screen shows where visitors to a web site originate from
Source: Piwik

The abiity to see how users move across web sites, internal search statistics and enhanced support for finding out where they are from are the highlights of the latest release of the open source web analytics package, Piwik 1.9. The visualisation feature, which the developers call "Transitions", provides a new interface to the entry and exit data Piwik collects for visitors to a site.

It provides users with a visual breakdown of where visitors originate from (including internal pages, search queries and other web sites) and what pages they land on. Up until now, this information was presented in Piwik's normal table views; the Transitions screen provides users with a breakdown that presents the important information at a glance.

The addition of site search lets administrators gather information from searches on their web sites. Piwik collects information on what terms visitors search for and how many of the visitors exited the site after the search. Search terms from the site search feature also appear in the real time widgets on the dashboard.

The developers have also integrated GeoIP into Piwik. To enable this, users have to download the GeoIP database from MaxMind. Enabling this new feature will make the geolocation tracking within Piwik "far more accurate", according to the developers. With GeoIP, Piwik can now also track cities, geological regions and even latitude and longitude information.

Piwik 1.9 also includes more options for viewing graphs and the developers are working on an improved map widget that takes advantage of the more precise geolocation data now available; this new widget should appear in the next release of the software. For a complete list of all features and issues closed in this version, see the "What's new in Piwik 1.9" page. Source code for Piwik 1.9 is available from the project's site and is licensed under the GPLv3.


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