- PHP 5.x and above
- MySQL 4.x and above
- Joomla 1.5 & Joomla 1.6 native support
Restricted support for PHP 4.x and MySQL 3.x for the core component, but no guarantee for the migration/update process. This module is only handling IPv4 networks and not officially IPv6!
Few things you should know
- After installation, you have to run a Post-Installation process. That´s not because we want it that way, it´s more about getting control about issues with huge databases.
- Do not assign the j4age component to a menu item even if a link is shown up in your admin page for selection. The component itself has no public front-end part and you will see only a error message!!
- Most people install the activation module, but do not enable it or do assign it to a location, which is actually not used in their template like "left". Make sure, that you can see the Module title on your webpage, before hiding the title! Only then statistics are captured!
- An activation module must be set to "public" access, if you want to count all visits. If you set it to "registered" or "special" you would only count those visits
- If the module does not work, you can also download & install as alternative the activation plugin.
- Some people are complaining, that the activation module is not completely invisible on the webpage as a empty border is draw on the page. That´s because your template is adding styles, so simply try to find another active position, where the template is not adding styles. (As alternative use just the activation plugin)
Good to know
- j4age includes a migration mechanism to convert the existing JoomlaStats Version (until 3.0.4) to j4age
- j4age is collecting over the time alot of information, please keep in eye on your DB size
j4age is not Google Analytics, so please do not try to compare us one to one to them. Unlike Google Analytics we are open source and you can review our algorithms. It is hard to differentiate bots from regular visitors, especially as they try to pretend to be regular visitors. We have applied many advanced algorithms to get it under control and this will result into slightly different results between Google Analytics and us.
We will improve the "Cache" / History feature, so that you can drop data from the database without losing information on the Summary pages. We currently operating in a similar way, but a refectoring of the algorithms are required.
We also work further more advanced features, but more details are provied 2012.
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If you experience any problems, please contact us first on the j4age webpage!!
If you use j4age, please post a rating and a review at the Joomla
I had statistics dating back to 2007 and migration was a long and painful process. However, I received excellent support and the results were worth the effort. You can migrate a huge database if you are willing to go to a little effort. A fresh install on a new site would be a piece of cake.
I have a few minor issues. The mouse scroll button does not like to work so scrolling up and down a page is wonky. I miss the fact that JS had links for registered users on the visitors view that would take you to Joomla OR VirtueMart user data. Mostly I like the fact that this component has a team actively developing it unlike JS which had gone completely dormant. Nice Work!
Some post installation steps are terrific. One query last for more than 14 hours! and I have had to execute it via an SQL client not via Joomla backend (correctly updating the step in the table configuration). My database is not huge, my site has an average of 120 visitors a day and I have data for only two years. If my database is huge, what would happen if someone with 1000 visits per day migrate from Joomlastats to j4age?
I think moreover that you should not update directly jstats tables, but create new tables with different names for j4age and then separately transform and import data from old joomlastats tables to the new ones.
Finally when I have finished all the steps, data have not been imported correctly.
I have restored back my joomla installation to JoomlaStats.
Finally, my consideration are: if you have a previous installation of Joomlastats DO NOT migrate to j4age. If it is the first installation, give it a try.
thank you for your response, even after I thing you should have tried to contact me first via the technical support.
Having data of 2 years and even if there are "just" 120 visitors / day means, that the DB is around 100 MB. Dealing with those amounts of data is quite tough and there are two scenarios why it can fail
1) Your PHP & MySQL timeout settings are too low and there is no chance to perform any of updates. I am taking about ad of an web-page, which is having 10.000 visitors per day.
I am so sorry, that you are one of the rare cases, where the migration process does not run smoothly, but especially for those cases we have established the support. We might not be able to solve the issue within seconds, but at least we can see how we can quickly find a solution together
J4age is the newer version of JoomlaStats, that's why we have to update our tables. Some users do have a memory limit, so we can not simply duplicate the tables. We always highlighted, that you should do a backup before the update to make sure, that everything can be restored.
I have to say, that your rating is actually not fair. You experienced one issue in the migration feature we offer, but you actually have not rated the component itself. It's probably better to stop offering the migration process at all.
Works like a charm!
I just like to make sure, that this does not result into a wrong impression.
Please make sure, that you do not set the filter option to "All" and focus on the "Regular" visitors.
Please be also informed, that we currently experience some issues with having the cache plugin switched on. j4age won't count multiple page clicks on the same page.
Although I can't cross the pond to tip a pint with you boys, I'll certainly make a donation for a very well put together product.
Hats off to you gents!!
I have noticed the same thing the previous reviewer noticed about the difference in the whois online and this component.
Overall a great component!
Thank you for a great extension!
As an improvement I would like to see an accompanying improved Who's Online component to replace the standard component, if that is not too much to ask.
But after couple of days using this component I've changed my mind. Here is my two cents (based on previous experience with JoomlaStats):
- absolutely smooth upgrade from JoomlaStats component
- much better functionality than JoomlaStats
- better, more detailed and more transparent (when you get used to it) statistics
- in my opinion currently the best available Site Traffic Statistics component (or at least I didn't find any matching)
There are only minor drawbacks, not decreasing the "excellent" of the vote: (1) the output of last-visitors module can not be easily formatted by css (some id is missing), (2) a statistics as per page across all visits is missing (at least I didnot find one). Again, excellent work!!!
Other than that, it's great and I'm quite happy with it. I can see precisely what my visitors are doing and what they seem to like, what parts of the site they visit and which ones they seem to ignore or maybe not see at all, and that's exactly what I was looking for.