As previously announced, Dev4Press and all other mine websites, have ditched Google Analytics and replaced it with Matomo On-Premise Analytics that I host, set to no longer use tracking cookies, and keep all the analytics data anonymous and in-house.
Matomo On-Premise Analytics software is hosted on the same server as the Dev4Press website, it uses our dev4press.net domain, and it is used for all my websites including Debug.Press, Millan.dev, TiniART.net, BBHelp.club. Analytics is set to anonymize IP, doesn’t use tracking cookies and in general, all the identifiable information is anonymized. The raw visits data is stored for up to 1 year, and aggregated visitations are kept after that period.
Over the past few days, I have been evaluating the data gathered by the new Analytics, and I am very satisfied by what kind of information is logged, and how easier is to analyze it compared to Google Analytics. It is true that because tracking cookies are not used, some details from visits might be lost, but that is a small price to pay for the fact that Dev4Press is not tracking visitors anymore, that third-party services are not tracking users via Dev4Press, and it is still able to have enough insights into the website traffic.