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Matomo web analytics

If you run a website as part of your FI activities (it does not necessarily have to be under the domain or on a dedicated domain), we can provide you with tracking using web analytics Matomo (formerly named Piwik) operated at FI.

The goal is to provide website operators interested in an overview of their traffic as an alternative to Google Analytics (GA), the operation of which is problematic in terms of the Data Processing and Cookies Regulation (GDPR). Therefore, we do not recommend using GA in a university environment. Using Matomo solves these problems thanks to the full operation of this solution within FI MU and the non-use of cookies to track visitors.

For a comparison of GA and Matomo options, see overview . If you have run GA on the site so far, this data it is possible to migrate of Matomo. We also support Matomo Tag Manager .

Please note that from the beginning of 2022 there are conditions regarding the use of cookies stricter .

I am interested in deployment

If you are interested in monitoring the website using the Matomo faculty instance, send us to to assess the request with a justification and attach straightforward answers to the following questions:

  • enter the URL of the site
  • does the site have alternative domain names? (difference between http: vs https: or domain.tld vs www.domain.tld does not matter)
  • do you also want to track fragment navigation / anchors? ( #anchor ; especially useful for SPA sites)
  • do you want to exclude some address ranges from tracking? (in case they distort the statistics)
  • do you want to ignore some URL parameters? (we recommend ignoring fbclid , otherwise Matomo will consider the same URL differing only in the Facebook tracking parameter to be different, which is almost certainly not desirable)
  • do you want to import data from GA if the site used it before?
  • does the site support search, and if so, what is the parameter name for the query (and possibly for the category)?
  • Which faculty accounts should have the right to view the analytics of this site?

How do I get to Matomo

Request access to existing web analytics through the site administrator.

If you have access to Matomo, in signpost of the Faculty Administration you will see a link in the FI Site Administration section Matomo .

Use faculty login details to log in.

Basic overview of options

Tracking code deployment

You can find the tracking code under the gear (top right) → Websites (menu on the left) → Tracking code .

When deploying the tracking code, make sure that if you do not select Disable all tracking cookies during its generation (after clicking in the Options - Advanced section; the code will show the presence of a line _paq.push(["disableCookies"]); ), it is necessary display a bar for obtaining consent to the use of cookies!

If your website is SPA, see SPA in Matomo .

If you want to specifically track error pages (404 and more), follow Matomo FAQ . However, replace all occurrences in the completed code / for ~:~ !

If you are using a CSP, you may need to extend the configuration by "connect-src; script-src;" .

Useful web interface tips

  • in the top panel you can set the period for which the data is displayed (note that Matomo displays data for yesterday by default)
  • Remember that if you use DNT , add-ons for blocking ads (uBlock Origin, AdBlock, ...) or to increase privacy, Matomo may not be able to record your visits
  • VisitorsVisitors Log = examples of specific site visits
  • VisitorsLocations = geolocation of visitors by IP address
  • VisitorsReal-time Map = real-time preview of site accesses
  • BehaviorPages = statistics of accesses to pages by URL
  • BehaviorPage titles = allows error analysis (404, 403, etc.) if this option is set in the tracking code on the website
  • BehaviorSite Search = web search
  • AcquisitionSearch Engines & Keywords = what search engine queries lead to the web (eg "what is computer graphics")