- 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
j4age is operating as isolated solution and is not aware about any existing component. This probably also won´t change in the future. There are thousands of components available and everyone is having different expectations. I hope you understand, that we can´t start to interact with any component as this would slow down the response time of your webpage dramatically.
I would appreciate to rate our component based on the features we have compared to other similar components and not on the features you like to see, too.
I always use JoomlaStats but now im going to use this for all websites. I had no trouble installing this.
I see on your website that you guys stopped working on this component, thats to bad! if this component looks like this now, what would it have been if you kept your work going.
Please users of this great script, write a great review and give them some paypal dollars :)
no, we haven´t stopped working. We are just focused on getting the stable version out :)
Unfortunately we can not spent 100% of our time on this solution as we also have to live from something. Right now, we won´t be able to buy a few beers using the donations we got in the past year together.
IPv6 are not counted correctly and there is any note about it.
that's the thing about notes. You can't expect from us to provide you notes about issues, which were never reported to us.
I never saw one mail coming in, that reported issues regarding IPv6. You are actually the first one, who reported at all issues with totally incorrect records. You are very welcome to use the contact form on our webpage to provide us details about the issues, we normally respond within 24 hours.
We depend on your feedback and details for your issue to be able improve our application.
That's an open source project and it is for free. We know it is not perfect, but we constantly try improve the application in this direction.
Furthermore, it is not so easy to interpret the received data correctly especially the recognition of revisiting visitors - sounds easy, but it isn't. Be informed that Google Analytics and j4age is using different algorithms to evaluate the data, were producing similar results but not exactly 100% the same. Different to GS we as example try to identify bots, which try to be anonymous.
Thank you for your understanding and looking forward to here from you to review your ipv6 issue.
The component is easy to work with and is invaluable as an analytical tool for maintaining a functional website. This is a standard for all websites I build (external or internal) the last few months. I have used many others, however this component is rock-solid, dependable and not resource intensive.
Thank you for this feedback, but I have to correct one statement. j4age is quite resource intensive regarding Database and you should always keep an eye on the size.
In the mean time we have added a "Drop Data" functionality, which allows to release all captured statistical data until a specific date by just pressing one button.
I saw webpages which have collected 200MB within 2 years. A regular webpage will captured approx. 20MB every year. A private homepage around 2MB.
We constantly try to improve the response times and resource consumption, that´s why we are focused to take more advantage of our caching mechanism in the future.
Use it wisely and it won´t let you down :)
I hope the developers keep working on this great tool and make some extra modules for the public site.
So I went to look for another web statistics extension. And j4age is really perfect. If you do not want to nothing will be shown on your webpages. Nevertheless the statistics and graphics in the back-end are really excellent. And when you have been using joomstats, j4age will upload these data from the database during the installation procedure.
It is so easy. When you are only intereste din nice features in the back-end, j4age is worth trying.
The deserve financial support that is for sure!
The presentation is also very good too. I have google analytics installed but always not 100% trust the data, now I can reconcile the two.
It is very easy to install and activate. Had no problems at all importing my existing statistical records from JoomlaStats. A very smooth transition.
Had a slight issue with the component and lodged a question via their website and was extremely pleased to receive an email response within minutes. Several email exchanges later and the problem was isolated. This is service at the highest level.
With this level of support, I am sure that this product will continue to develop and surpass the high standards already set.
Gives exacly what we want: statistics!
Allmost very easy to install. (was a bit confusing with two times a database setup. I thought I did something wrong. Whatever menu item I select, it went straight to the setup, which is good. But the menu didn't show this)
And there is a tiny spelling error in tools -> Extensions -> Export: "selcected"
I would personally change "Systems" into "Operating systems".
What could this extension do more to beat itself? Nothing except a mailing function. Every xx days it could send a report with the statistics. This would enhance functionality greatly!
it is unfortunately for us not possible to get rid of the menu completely. The menu is generated by the Joomla standard and we can't switch if off without also hiding permanently the submenus below the top menu "Components->j4age".
The post-installation is a necessary step as we j4age supports and upgrade & update process unlike most of all other components. We have a huge DB with up to several hundreds of MB, which can't be handled within the regular Joomla installation.
We also would love to rephrase from "Systems" to "Operating Systems", but we are also trying to use the screen space as efficient as possible.
We have limited resources to implement all requested functionalities such as email notifications, but we are hoping some of the users are investing some time to provide us such a solution by taking advantage of the extension mechanism.