UTF8 encoding - finally

I've felt guilty for a long time for not supporting non-English characters in Clicky. It's been requested by many, many people, and I'm very pleased to announce that we should be fully UTF8 compliant as of now. Please let me know if you are still seeing any character weirdness in Clicky. As far as I can tell, it's all working great!

This will really only affect stats going forward... some old data was converted successfully but mostly we weren't even storing foreign characters at all, they were just being stripped out. The reason for this is because I've previously experienced some nasty database corruption when dealing with these characters, and it was just easier initially to strip them out and not worry about it.

This task is NOT EASY. Anyone who is a web developer, or perhaps another type of programmer, might know the pains involved with getting this working. It is an absolute nightmare to make your application work right with non-standard characters. I'm posting a few links to articles on why this is so difficult, so if you have the time to read them then hopefully you will be able to forgive me for taking so long to implement this :) But seriously, I'm really happy to finally have this available to you, so enjoy!

CD Baby developer talking about "one of the most difficult and tedious problems I've ever solved" (hint: that would be UTF8):

An insanely thorough article on all the issues surrounding UTF8:

A thread on MySQL going over everything necessary for PHP/MySQL to play nice together with UTF8:
11 comments |   Feb 21 2007 5:41pm


Well you probably notice some big changes today. We have a new logo, which was creating quite the controversy in our last post. It has been changed a lot from the preview posted there. I know it won't please everyone but I think it looks fantastic.

The tabs also have some new icons to help them stand out from each other. The date selector (calendar) has been moved into the tab area and it's so much more useful now. The old one was driving me insane because it was in a different place on every page and didn't fit in very well. The top 5 has become the top 10. There were some bugs with the graphing on the dashboard that was causing some sites graphs to shrink by about half, and I realized the average and total calculations were slightly off because of a change I had made a while back. All that's fixed!

Some other things have been moved around a bit. "Web browsers" and "operating systems" have been taken off the dashboard and moved into their own sub-sections of the visitors area. There is also a new subsection there called "countries" that should be self explanatory. Some other sections will also be getting their own sub sections soon. Expect to see "entrance" and "exit" subs for the "pages" section tomorrow!

Update: Lots of new sub sections for you! As promised we now have the entrance and exit pages, but searches and links also got their own sub sections - you can view both by popularity (as was the case), and now chronologically as well, so you can easily see the newest searches and incoming links on your site. I'm also working on a "newest unique" for both searches and links, but it is much more intensive so I can't promise it will be out anytime soon. Enjoy! :)
2 comments |   Feb 20 2007 12:32am

Help choose our new logo

Thank you to everyone who submitted a logo. We have narrowed it down to two awesome designs by two very talented people. We'd like you to help us decide which one to use. Of course we can't promise we will select the one with the majority of votes, but it will play a role in our decision. Please leave a comment saying which one you like better, and why. Please keep your criticism CONSTRUCTIVE! I love the concept and shininess of the first one, although the second one is perhaps "friendlier" and I like how it incorporates our horizontal bar graphs. Both of these users are getting free premium accounts for life. :)

Choice 1:

Choice 2:
30 comments |   Feb 17 2007 10:04am

Payment system is ready

Our payment system is ready. Click here to get started. As we mentioned before, we are using PayPal to do automatic recurring payments for us. This unfortunately requires a PayPal account. We know some people have a problem with PayPal. If you feel that strongly about it, please contact us for other possible arrangements.

On your user homepage you should see a red link that says "upgrade to premium!", which will take you to the upgrade page and show you how much you will have to pay for either a monthly or yearly subscription, your choice but yearly saves you around 30%. The base price is $1.99/month or $14.99/year for one site, but higher for any site with more than 10,000 daily average page views. Prices are based on how many sites you have registered, and how much traffic each of those sites gets. There is a multi-site discount as well, you save 20% total if you have more than one site registered.

Everyone has a premium account free of charge until the end of February. At that time, anyone who hasn't paid will be downgraded to a standard free account. Free accounts don't have access to RSS or Spy, only have 7 days of detailed history, and will have ads shown next to their stats. If any of your sites have more than 1,000 daily average page views, you will have to upgrade to premium, we can't afford to support you for free. If you qualify for a free account (less than 1K PV/day) and are happy with the features provided, that's just fine and dandy, but we would still love your support. Trust us, many more features are coming down the line, and the best ones will be reserved for premium accounts only!

Various parts of the site will be updated throughout the next two weeks to support premium vs free accounts, so please bear with us if you notice any strangeness or bugs with the system. Thanks for your support. :)
4 comments |   Feb 16 2007 5:11pm

Anyone up for designing a new logo?

Update We have found a designer that we have decided to work with based on the drafts he submitted, so we are closing the contest at this point. Thanks to everyone who submitted a design!
We are looking for a new logo. The one we have now is really just a place holder, and we don't like it at all. We'd like the logo to convey the idea of "clicking" or "tracking", since that's what we're about. But we're not pros in this are - even just a really cool font might be nice. We'd like to include the words "web statistics" in the logo like it does now, minus the "beta" of course (we're about to launch). The colors aren't too important, but we do like blue and yellow, and orange too. We have no problem changing or removing the yellow background gradient if it doesn't work with your design. You could also submit a background to go with your logo as well.

We can't promise that we will use a logo if you submit one. We might not like it, or we might want some changes done to it. So if you have an idea, don't spend TOO much time on it. Just make a rough draft and send it our way, we will take a gander and tell you what we think. If we get enough submissions, we might create a post here with our favorites and have the community give us feedback and help us choose.

As for compensation, we will give you free Clicky for as long as we use your logo, and we will give credit to you along with a link to your web site. (Yes, Clicky is free to everyone right now, but after we launch it will be a pay service). If you would rather be paid cash, we can arrange that, but we won't be able to pay you for at least a month or two.

Please submit your logos to our email. If you have questions, you can leave comments here or send us an email as well. Thanks!
3 comments |   Feb 07 2007 8:25am

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