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Ever since I have configured my website to use Google Analytics I have become a bit of a statistics nut. I find myself checking every free moment I get and while I don’t get a lot of traffic it is always nice to see when someone does visit my site.
The other day I discovered another way to fill my website statistics fix by installing an application called Trace Watch. Trace Watch is similar to Google Analytics but it gives you real time stats and a few alternate ways to see the data that I have not discovered with Google Analytics.
So I was out and about the other day doing shopping with my wife and I decided to check my Trace Watch web stats from my iPhone. While I could connect to the stats site it was a little cumbersome to see just the basic information that I craved; hit counts and visitor counts. I though it would be nice if there was an iPhone app for this. I did a few searches of Apple’s App Store which came up empty. I then did some Google searches to see if there was any available plug-ins and it also came up empty. So I decided to try my hand at writing one.
I knew that I didn’t want to download and install Apples SDK so I started to look for information about how to create web apps for the iPhone, which lead me to this: iUI. Its a java-script/CSS library that mimics the iPhone look and behavior. I also found the Trace Watch API documentation on their site. So now that I had both pieces to the puzzle I was off and here is the outcome.
Installation is a snap and there isn’t any configuration changes that need to take place in either the plug-in or the Trace Watch application. This app currently is only made to get some basic information from Trace Watch and will not be a complete iPhone GUI replacement for the main Trace Watch application.
Download the plug-in zip file: Trace Watch iPhone Plugin (447)
Extract the zip file to a temporary directory
Upload the extract directory name “m” to the root of your Trace Watch installation folder (assuming /twatch)
Browse to this site via your iPhone: http://<yoursite>/twatch/m
Here are some screen shots of the application:
EDIT: Both the misspelling of Visitors and the Average Page Views per Visitor has been fixed in the attached zip file. I will update the screen shots soon
Breakdown of Hits per Hour
More features are coming soon but I wanted to get quick version 0.1 out to get people’s opinions and feedback to see if this was worth continue to pursue. So please any feedback, good or bad, is appreciated. Either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or as a comment on this page.
Also I have not tested this on any other mobile browser so I don’t know how it will behave but I have a feeling it will not work too well seeing that it doesn’t behave very well in Firefox.
Download: Trace Watch iPhone Plugin (332)
The latest version now support multiple websites.