Measure Map

11 comments | Posted: 22 November 05 in General, by Yannick Lyn Fatt

Measure Map is a free stat tracker developed by Adaptive Path. I was lucky enough to get an invitation to try it out, as part of their “alpha” testing phase. I am quite pleased with it thus far. I know there are other stat trackers out there like Mint and Google Analytics. Each are good products and have their pros and cons. I am not going to argue which is better, just highlight some of Measure Map’s features.

Setting It Up

It is usually a cinch to install, though it took more effort for Textpattern. With the help of the MM crew and Aloicious and Mary from the TXP forum, we were able to find a solution. It was just a matter of adding some JavaScript snippets to the general template, and to the post / comments loop. Once those are in place, viola! You’re good to go.

On To the Stats

Main

One of the first things I noticed about Measure Map was the simple, clean interface. It shows you in real-time all visitors, links, comments and posts views. When I want to quickly check my stats, it’s all right there on the front page, telling me exactly what I need to know. If I do have the time to view more details, then it’s simply a matter of a few clicks. Now, let’s break down each section.

Visitors, Links, Comments and Posts

The visitor page shows how the current stats compare to an average day, and also the percentage and number of return visitors you have had. It also provides a nice graph so you can see your stats over the last month.

Visitors

The links page displays referrals from other sites and clicks on outgoing links. It also tells you search terms that people have used. They keep it simple initially, but if you’re looking for more details, it is just a matter of clicking around the interface. The comments and posts sections are similar, so I will not go into detail about those.

Links

Browsers and Countries

The browsers section gives you a run-down of the percentage of various browser usage. It displays the major browsers, like Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. Anything else is classified under “other.” It would be nice if this could be broken down a little more, so that browsers like Opera and Camino for could be shown in their own rows.

The countries section is one of my favourite features. There is something nice about being able to see where your visitors are from. The map is nicely done, and the corresponding countries are highlighted. When you hover over the country, it tells you how many people visited from that country. Without this, I would not have known that I have readers from Sweden, Australia and Indonesia.

Country

View Slider

Throughout this review I have mentioned that stats are displayed for a particular day. Measure Map also has a nice little slider that allows you to change your stats from a single day to a more comprehensive overview.

Time Range

Summary

Measure Map won’t be for everyone. You cannot install it on your own server because it hosts your stats remotely. As of yet, it is not extensible via plugins, the way that Mint is with Peppers. In its current form it seems more geared towards blogs. It does not have as much detail as some of the other robust trackers out there. However, If you are just looking for something free, simple and effective, then Measure Map is an excellent option.

Discuss This Topic

  1. 1 Nathan Smith

    Great article Yannick! It’s funny to me that they display Antarctica, as I’m not even sure if there are active Internet connections down there, other than possibly a satellite uplink for some expedition team. Oh well, no harm done in planning ahead I suppose.

     
  2. 2 Dennis

    Thanks for the tip. I have seen some talk of this but never any detail. I will head over there and check it out.

     
  3. 3 Yannick

    Thanks Nathan. lol I didn’t even realise Antarctica was there. It would be interesting if one day I got a visit from someone over there on an expedition.

     
  4. 4 Yannick

    Dennis: I hope it was helpful. Hopefully you will get to try it out.

     
  5. 5 Chris Harrison

    I’ve been using the alpha of MeasureMap for a few days, and I really like it so far. I’m not sure if it will end up being free or not (once it is out of testing) but it’s good enough that I’d consider paying to use it… You get what you pay for, right? Google Analytics is free and it updates itself whenever it feels like it…

    Great site btw. I look forward to more happening here.

     
  6. 6 Yannick

    Chris: Nice to know that you like it too. I was under the assumption that it would be free since on their website they say “Measure Map provides free, easy stats for your blog.” My guess would be that they might have packages, so the core features would be free but then certain additional features (or possibly the ability to host your stats yourself) you would pay for. Though I could be wrong. I guess we would have to wait and see.

    We are happy you like the website. Feel free to stop by the forums also.

     
  7. 7 Wesley Walser

    I think this has to do with always wanting what you don’t have, but every time I see a stats package with a world map I want it. As I said probably because I want whatever I don’t have, and Mint doesn’t have a pepper for that quite yet (I am confident that it is coming).

    Nice to see a write-up on this highly anticipated tool.

     
  8. 8 Yannick

    No doubt Wesley, I’m sure Mint will get something similar very soon. They have a great community of Pepper developers and I’m sure someone will get it done. If I had the money at the time Mint launched I probably would have gone straight for it, but I didn’t so I decided to hold off. Then I heard about MM and figured I’d give that a try. So far so good.

    I’m anxious to see what new things the MM crew come out with next though.

     
  9. 9 Ray

    Yannick, after reading the thread in the TXP forum, I’m still a bit confused on how to add the code. Do you have to have that snippet of code as well as the plugin? Thanks for the article about MM. I’d never heard of it before.

     
  10. 10 Yannick

    Ray have you gotten an invite form MM?

    If you have then when you go to setup your blog in MM they will give you some sample code (that you need to change a few values for) to put on your blog. This is where the solution on the TXP forum comes in, I have shown an example of how it looks in my own code (for the posts). As for the plugin (which helps fix the comments), here is a direct link for mary’s comment time plugin. And if you read aloicious’ last post in the solution thread, he shows you what the code should look like for comments.

    If you have any problems feel free to ask on the TXP forums within the post with the solution or you can e-mail me (check the Godbit forums for the e-mail link).

    Hope that helps.

     
  11. 11 Dan Lee

    I did a bit on this on my blog, I can’t wait. Installing awstats is so difficault.

     

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