Open source analytics
For web analytics, Google Analytics is a mess on several fronts: the UI is overly sophisticated. It’s “heavy” on the front end and quite invasive. I don’t want any of this now that I know better.
Plausible is what I’m going for ‘cause it’s:
- open source.
It ticks all the boxes. GoatCounter could be a good contender, but I haven’t checked it out in detail.
I can self-host Plausible and keep my data forever, and I get a beautiful UI to feast my eyes on. I plan to host this on DigitalOcean. Self-hosting means I’d spend less. I get to tinker with servers for fun as bonus.
Knowing there are alternatives to Google Analytics is satisfying, especially now that Google wants to replace Analytics with a more complicated version: Google Analytics 4—no, thank you.