One of the early surprises for 2013, was Piwik launching a crowdfunding initiative. "This is also a big change for Piwik." According to Mr. Speyer, "In the past, Piwik had relied on donations from it's users, but it was never active in soliciting in donations. In 2013, we are not going to be shy in asking for help from our community to keep bringing a great product. These pledges enable us to develop features much quicker than we normally could with currently limited resources. Piwik is and always be free, but the money people donate to Piwik helps investing in a better product. This is actually why we started the crowdfunding initiative". In late December, Piwik started a crowdfunding initiative: the first feature out of the gate, was the flash free SVG maps of Visitors who view your website. The map reports in real time the visits by Country, Cities and Regions. 144 donators from 16 countries donated $4,400. This project made its funding goal with a week to spare! The current feature seeking funding is a Custom Segments editor, suited for data analysts. "We recognize that some users are only comfortable in the Piwik user interface, so in 2013, one of our goals is to make some powerful features accessible from within the interface. In this case, Custom segments or filters were available by creating a special url or via Piwik API. If we reach the funding goal, we will implement a solution that will simple to use yet allowing complicated use cases." explained Mr . Speyer. "Our goal to achieve funding for this is 6,000€ by Feb 14th."
Asked about the reason Piwik started a crowd-funding initiative, Mr. Speyer noted "Piwik market share is a great reward to us. There are more than 464,000 websites using Piwik in 150 countries, and usage is still growing! Piwik is a preferred choice because people want to have control over their data, but they also need a powerful analytics platform. In order to bring them more features they want, faster, we need their financial support to accelerate their requests and needs. We also thought crowdfunding was a great way to democratize all the feature requests. So we select certain wanted features that might just be outside our timeline/budget and can achieve them quicker by getting additional resources. We have a very active and involved community as is shown by their interest and shared passion in supporting us in our crowdfunding efforts."
For more information on how you can get Piwik visit Piwik.org. To contribute to the crowdfunding project visit crowdfunding.piwik.org.
Founded in 2009, Piwik is the world's leading open source web analytics software, which lets website owners stay in control of their data. Piwik is installed on more than 464,000 websites across the Internet, translated into 46 languages and used in more than 150 countries. Piwik aims to be the alternative to Google Analytics.
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