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I've been deep into GDPR compliance extensions for Joomla recently, and while setting up a demo site I realized that compliance meant I had to give up Google Analytics. Anyone who runs a website knows this is unacceptable. Sure, there are other ways to obtain the information, but Google has really built a fantastic tool to monitor all sorts of data, not just about the visitors - but also traffic sources, time spent on specific pages, browser capabilities, and gobs more information.

That darn GDPR though - requiring consent prior to placing cookies is a killer. How do you know what content is engaging your visitors when all you have to go by is a hit counter?

So I set out to remedy that situation using a bit of knowledge I picked up years ago. Google Analytics doesn't need cookies. Over the course of 14 hours I built and tested my newest extension - System - Google Analytics (Cookie Free)

I had to be careful with certain configurations, because the goal was to achieve analytics without running afoul of the GDPR regulations concerning collection of personal data. The result has been fantastic, and I was even able to watch scan the site for EU regulatory do you think I did?

It's running on this site now and soon all of my sites. Hopefully, when it's approved in the JED, it will start appearing on sites all over the EU.

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I've spent several days troubleshooting issues for people who downloaded my free extensions. In every case, the issue was caused by their bad decisions and poor implementations.

Here's a tip to avoid wasting the time of someone who is, essentially, doing you a favor by giving you free software. Before you send email, or post to a forum, or write a bad review - do a reality check. Ask yourself the question - could it be something I did? When all of the reviews are good, and you can't make it work - chances are that you're doing something wrong.

A way you can check is to perform a clean install. A fresh installation with no additional software, just the core - and the extension. Follow the instructions. If it works, then you know it's your fault and not the developer or the software. If it doesn't work, then make your accusations (but be polite about it).

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