The most amazing feature EVER!

You are going to be blown away when you feast your eyes on this bad boy. That's right, Clicky now offers you the ability to delete a web site yourself. OMG!!!



Ok, really I'm just poking fun at myself for not having implemented this in the 21 months that Clicky has existed. There was a good reason for not allowing you to do this, but it's not really valid anymore. It got to the point where I was getting 5-10 requests per day to delete a site for someone that they're no longer tracking. It was starting to get ridiculous.

So now, I am happy to present to you, the ability to delete any of your web sites yourself. You can do this from your site preferences page. Mark your calendars. This day is historic. I look forward to my daily email load dropping by a good 10-20%.
8 comments |   Aug 21 2008 1:30pm

Clicky now has email reports and they rock

Professional users can now get email reports for any and/or all data types on a daily, weekly, and/or monthly basis. They are sent in a split HTML/plain format so if you have a good email client they will be nicely stylized. They're completely customizable so you only get the data that you want to get. Each report can be sent to up to 10 unique email addresses.

To setup a report for any site, go to that site's preferences area. There's a new sub-tab called email reports, which is where the magic happens.




Here's a picture of the configuration screen. What you can't see at the bottom is the section that allows you to send the same report for any of your other registered sites (you pick which ones). This allows you to create and manage just one report and then assign it to any of your other sites with a single click.






And here's what the report looks like in Gmail:






Google Analytics probably has the best email reports of any service, because they are basically just screenshots of the actual service. That's really cool, and not something we're capable of doing at the moment. But Google aside, I think our email reports best any other service out there.

Let's take Statcounter for example. They are the #1 "indie" statistics service, in terms of number of sites tracked. Here's the configuration screen you get with Statcounter. The only data you can get is your visitors and page views count, and the only configurable option is whether you want it weekly or monthly (not both):






And here's what a Statcounter report looks like:





I think we've raised the bar.
14 comments |   Aug 11 2008 4:07pm

New logo



Many thanks to friendly local graphic designer, Raul Villalobos.
27 comments |   Jul 27 2008 1:19pm

Privacy updates

Our public demo of the Clicky product has always been of our own traffic data. Some people understandably have had a problem with this, because they don't want their usage of our web site to be publicly available. (Please note this was always in our terms and conditions page, we weren't hiding this fact from anyone). The problem we've had was that our own traffic made such a great demo, because we get a lot of visitors and all the features of the product are used on our site.

But we still agree this needed to change. As of today, all traffic data to getclicky.com is no longer publicly available, including via the API (we changed the sitekey). The public demo is now of our blog traffic, which is pretty small but we don't run any other sites that get a lot of traffic.

There's also the fact that a few of our major competitors just can't seem to stop looking at our web site and its traffic data (yes, we know who you are; Clicky is watching you).

An extra note to people using our API for their own product, many of you have been using our demo site ID/key as the default values, which we agree is a great idea so your widget works even before the user has configured it. Please update your code to use the new demo site ID and key (32020 and 2e05fe2778b6, respectively). If we change the demo in the future, we will always keep our blog traffic publicly available, so this type of change shouldn't be needed ever again.
3 comments |   Jul 27 2008 1:11pm

Clicky API version 3 released

From the beginning, the stats API has been powerful and always allowed you to extract every piece of data available via our web site into several common formats for a variety of applications. However, if you wanted to "recreate" Clicky within your own desktop appllcation (and we know there are at least 3 of you working on something like that right now), you had to make a seperate request for each type of data you wanted.

This is bad for us because it creates significantly more load on our servers, and bad for you because it makes your application slower. Version 3 of the API fixes this, and allows you get multiple (unlimited) data types with a single request, by seperating them with commas. Here is an example request that you could use to build a simple dashboard for "today", with a single request. This would have taken 5 requests with the old API:

http://api.getclicky.com/stats/api3?site_id=32020&sitekey=2e05fe2778b6&type=visitors,actions,actions-average,time-average,bounce-rate

Another item that needed fixing was that if you requested a date range, the results returned would always be the total/sum from that entire date range. The only way to get "daily" values was to make seperate requests for each date - again, bad for us, and bad for you. Version 3 has a new parameter called "daily" that, if set, will return the results on a per-day basis, instead of the sum.

Here is the same request as above, with "daily" vallues, for the entire month of June. With version 2 of the API, this would have required 150 different requests. Now we can get it with one: http://api.getclicky.com/stats/api3?site_id=32020&sitekey=2e05fe2778b6&type=visitors,actions,actions-average,time-average,bounce-rate&date=2008-06&daily=1

The last major new feature is support for callbacks and variable assignments for JSON output. This lets you skirt around annoying JavaScript "security" issues when it comes to cross-domain stuff. Please see the docs for full details and examples.

All of these changes required changing the structure of the results, too. Instead of just a bunch of items, the items now have a date wrapper for each date, and each date has a type wrapper for each type. Those of you familiar with the API already should be able to spot the new formatting in the screenshot below. This new formatting is used even if you only request one type on one specific date, so that your code can work the same for every possible request you could make.



The API documentation has been updated with everything that's new (there are a few other minor things). It also includes a bunch of new sample requests that showcase the new features. The new URL for the API is api3 instead of api2, but api2 continues to work indefinitely, of course.

Ok, that's it!
16 comments |   Jul 21 2008 5:01pm

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