I’m really happy to announce to my readers today that I took the leap and removed Google Analytics and WordPress Stats from my blog. The main reason for making this decision was that I like putting Open Source Software such as Piwik to use whenever possible. One other important reason was that with third-party analytics, I had no control of the metadata that was being collected from my readers and I felt like I was part of the privacy issue.
I had used Piwik in the past when it was still a new project but at the insistence of my friend Finn I gave it another look and was amazed at how much it had been polished. I really like the fact that Piwik, as an open source project, champions privacy by encouraging those who use Piwik to enable some of their auto-deletion and anonymity of data features which I have done.
As some of you know, a few years back, I decided to step away from managing my own servers which was powered by Linode and decided to move to a managed solution that way I did not have to worry about security or updating packages. Piwik is a self-hosted platform and I knew that I did not want to get back into maintaining any infrastructure that supports my blog. I reached out to Arvixe, which is the recommended hosting provider of the Piwik project, and I told them about my interest and they decided to sponsor analytics for my site.
So far I have been running Piwik for most of this week and from the minute I got my account details from Arvixe, everything was already setup and ready to go and I have been nothing but impressed with the load times I’m seeing from their servers.
- Arvixe pre-loads many of the popular CMS’s such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, OpenCart, PrestaShop, MODX, as well as hundreds of other software and scripts
- One of the largest supporters of both development and open source communities
- Ability to choose the region of your server either in the U.S. or E.U. This is a free feature that you can choose during the checkout process. (Applies to a PersonalClass shared hosting plan for now–planning on expanding the options to other plans in the near future since expecting a high demand).
- 60 day risk free money back guarantee
Now that you are sold on Arvixe being an excellent option for Piwik hosting, I want to encourage you all to make the right decision for your users by switching to Piwik today and consider giving Arvixe a try! If you sign up for service with Arvixe using exclusive promotional code they have set up for my readers “BKER10,” you will receive a 10% lifetime discount.