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Google Analytics, arguably the most popular method of monitoring how your website is used, tracks navigation in your site using nasty evil cookies....but it doesn't have to. You can meet privacy regulations (such as the GDPR) while still collecting valuable usage data - without cookies. It's anonymous, and No Cookies.

While researching and writing software to aid in GDPR compliance, I found myself lamenting the fact that unless a user consented to cookies - I had no avenue to collect analytics data. The site I was building at the time dealt specifically with the GDPR regulations so I needed it to comply with the law no matter what. But I still needed to see that analytics data, even though EU regulations contained within the General Data Protection Regulation seems to prohibit it - because the most popular analytics service uses cookies.

The GDPR regulation prohibits me from setting a cookie, or using any form of persistent browser storage without user consent. It also prohibits me from collecting data that can be used to identify an individual user without user consent. So I use a volatile storage method, that doesn't transfer to other browser windows/tabs, and disappears when a window/tab is closed. The ID used to track a single session is a random, unique identifier that is re-generated every time a user arrives on the site - so it can't be used to identify a specific person. The plugin offers the option to anonymize the IP address in data sent to Google Analytics. In short, I examined and resolved every conflict between Google Analytics and the GDPR regulation.

You can see it in action on this website, and at https://gdpr.richeyweb.com

Features

  • No Cookies (GDPR compliant)
  • No identifying information is transmitted
  • IP can be anonymized (EU e-Privacy Directive compliant)
  • Optional GA debug mode and console logging of sent data
  • IPv4 and IPv6 (+CIDR) whitelisting to prevent analytics from running on specific addresses and ranges
  • Per-Menu Item custom configurations.
  • Controls for sampleRate, siteSpeedSampleRate, alwaysSendReferrer, allowAnchor, transport, and userId
  • Optionally enable reporting for individual authors, categories, and publish dates for articles.
  • Track YouTube video events: Player Ready, unstarted, ended, buffering, playing, paused, and cued
  • Automatic Analytics events triggered by CSS class names applied to elements. Currently supported events: Mouse Events - mouseover, mousemove, mousedown, mouseup, contextmenu, wheel, mouseleave, mouseout, auxclick, click, dblclick, and select / Clipboard Events - cut, copy, and paste
  • Optional Google Analytics Autotrack plugins: cleanUrlTracker, eventTracker, impressionTracker, maxScrollTracker, mediaQueryTracker, outboundFormTracker, outboundLinkTracker, pageVisibilityTracker, socialWidgetTracker, and urlChangeTracker
  • Heartbeat (optional/configurable) - to prevent inaccurate the "bounce" for users who are just idle (reading or watching a video)
  • Automatically integrates with RicheyWeb Content - YouTube (No Cookies) for video playback analytics

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Ready to buy?

$24 Annual

Demo Links

Documentation and Help

System - Google Analytics (No Cookies) in the wild

Paid Extension FAQ

What am I buying?
  • The extension
  • One year of updates
  • Support
Do you still support free versions?
Only bugfixes
Can I install the extension on multiple sites?
Go for it
Can I give a copy to my friend?
While this is ethically wrong, there is no easy way for me to stop it. However, if your friend wants support he should call you - because I won't talk to him unless he purchases the extension.
What happens to the extension at the end of the year?
Nothing. It remains installed and configured, it just stops receiving updates and support is suspended.
What if I give you an idea that you turn into a paid extension?
You'll be given a lifetime subscription for that extension.
What if I contract you to make a custom extension for me?
There are two options, and I may or may not offer both.
  1. You will be given a quote for outright ownership of the extension.
  2. If it's something that I believe will benefit the community, I may offer a reduced quote where I retain ownership along with the promise that it will remain a free extension.