Motigo now available in Italian

Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

As you might have realized, we have been quite busy in the last months working on many cool new features for webstats. Now we’d like to make motigo available to even more webmasters in their own language.

We know how important it is for yourself and your visitors to use website tools in your own language making them easier to use and understand. From now all motigo services are also available in Italian. We are now really multilingual and available in six different languages!

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The motigo site and service pages are always shown by default in the language of your browser. You can change the language anytime by using the “language” menu on the grey bar at the top of the pages.

If you have any questions you can contact our support team anytime :-)

New at Motigo Webstats: Live counter for your website

Thursday October 1st, 2009

Many webstats users have asked us for a graphic counter that would display the number of page views on their website. Today, we are happy to introduce this new feature: Here is the webstats live counter in multiple designs to choose from!

With this new widget you can display a summary of your visitor statistics directly on your website to keep you and your visitors always informed.

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The live counter updates automatically so there is no need to reload the page to update the numbers. It is displayed to all visitors who have Adobe Flash Player version 9 or newer (which covers 97%-99% of all users). Even if some of your visitors don’t have Adobe Flash Player, there’s no reason to worry – ALL visitors will be registered  :)

Want to get a live counter straightaway? You only have to replace the counter code on your website:

1) Login at Motigo

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2) Click on “Webstats” on your account overview

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3) Select the counter for which you would like to have a live counter and click on “Show html code”:

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4) Select the option Live Counter and copy the counter code. Now you only have to replace the counter code on your website with this one and the new live counter will be displayed on your site.

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All new counters will get the live counter code as default. If you’d rather have the small webstats icon your page, you only have to select the “Small icon” option to get another code.

Protect your stats: How to enable private statistics

At Motigo Webstats you can now choose to have private statistics. If you do not wish to show your statistic page to other visitors, you can now protect your stats so that you are the only one to see them. As webmaster, you are now free to decide if you want to show your visitor statistics or not. It only takes you one click to turn your statistics private.

To protect your statistics:

1)      Login at Motigo

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2)      Select the counter which you would like to edit and click on the tool icon:

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3) Select the option “Enable private statistics”

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4) Click on “Save changes”

Enjoy the new feature :)

If you have any questions, contact our support team anytime!

New on webstats: Exclude your own visits

With the new webstats feature “Exclude my own visits”, you can get more accurate visitor statistics by choosing the data that’s relevant for you. Up to now, your webstats counter registered all visits. The result: Your visits as webmaster were also registered amongst all the other visits. With our new feature you can now exclude your own visits and get more relevant statistics.

You’re wondering how does it work? It’s simple: It works by setting a cookie in your browser. However, if you delete your cookies or use a new browser or computer, you must log in and go to “My counters” to enable the function again.

How to exclude your own visits:

1. Login to motigo

2. Click on “Webstats”

3. Click on “Exclude my own visits”

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This feature will only work for the most recent version of the counter code. It will not work for outdated or damaged counter codes.

Still have an old version of the code? You can get an updated code for your counter on your motigo account anytime:

This is how you get your counter code:

1. Login to motigo

2. Click on “Webstats”

3. Click on “show html code” under the counter’s name

4. Select the counter type (small icon or live counter)

5. Copy the code and paste it in your website

Did you know that… You can get your counter code anytime in your motigo account overview?

Did you update your website and lost the code of your counter? Or just want to enable all new webstats features? Whenever you need it, you can get the code of your counter – just follow these steps:

1. Login to motigo

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2. Click on “Webstats”

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3. Click on “show html code” under the counter’s name

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4. Select the counter type (small icon or live counter)

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5. Copy the code and paste it in your website

If you have any problems implementing the counter, you can contact our support team anytime!

New at Motigo Webstats: Share your counter

Thursday July 16th, 2009

Sharing is a good thing and with webstats’ new feature it’s easier than ever. With “Share my counter”, you can not only make your website known among friends and family, but also share your Motigo Webstats statistics by sending them an e-mail. We have made it nice and easy:

Do you have a counter already?

Just login at motigo:

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Click on “Webstats” on your account overview:

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Select the counter, which you would like to share and click on “Share”:

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Now, you only have to fill in your friends’ names and e-mail addresses and click on “Send message”:

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Are you creating a new counter?

When creating a new counter, you will receive a link to the Share-My-Counter page as soon as your counter has registered the first visits.

Enjoy the new feature!

… And don’t forget to tell your friends about your website and Motigo Webstats!

PS: This new feature will require using a reCAPTCHA before sending the message. To know more about reCAPTCHA, have a look at Motigo Lexicon. Want to use reCAPTCHA on your website? Find out how in Tips&Tricks.

What are CAPTCHAs?

A CAPTCHA is a validation code (combination of letters and numbers), which you are asked to enter before submitting information to a website. CAPTCHA is actually an acronym for “Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart.” CAPTCHAs display an image that people can detect, but computers cannot and it is used to keep malicious computer “bots” and other automated programs from using Web forms.

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Actually a good idea, but there’s a lot of time and effort involved in it. Approximately 150.000 hours are spent every day by users around the world trying to decipher CAPTCHAs. Sometimes they use distorted images like wavy letters or a background with a strong pattern, which makes it difficult for humans to read them too. ReCAPTCHA, which we use on motigo, aims not only to make this easier but also to give this lost time a useful purpose.

reCAPTCHA uses real words instead of the code fragments used by conventional CAPTCHAs. The words used by reCAPTCHA are words, which computers could not read when digitalizing a book. So, when you type a reCAPTCHA, you are actually helping to digitalize a book. Read more on the reCAPTCHA website .

Want to use a CAPTCHA on your website? Find out how in Tips&Tricks. For futher informations, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAPTCHA

Use CAPTCHAs against spam on your website

Web forms in online shops, forums and guestbooks are often targets of Spam. You can protect yourself from unsolicited comments by using CAPTCHAs on your website. Along with commercial solutions, you will find many free CAPTCHA services on the Internet, such as  captchas.net. Another free and easy to use service is reCAPTCHA.

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On http://recaptcha.net you get a free key for using the service on your website. In order to use reCAPTCHA, you need a public/private API key pair. This key pair helps to prevent an attack where somebody hosts a reCAPTCHA on their website, collects answers from their visitors and submits the answers to your site.

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To use reCAPTCHA, you only have to add a few lines of code to your website. For detailed instructions on using reCAPTCHA please visit reCAPTCHA’s website.


New ranking on the webstats catalogues

Tuesday June 23rd, 2009

Motigo has re-arranged the top lists of the webstats catalogue. Up to now, the ranking was based on the daily number of Page Views of a website. Starting from now, the ranking will be based of the number of daily Visits instead (you can find this value on your statistic page under “Visits”). Why did we do it? We consider this to be a much fairer basis for the ranking, since the number of visitors of a website is hard to manipulate and so we hope to have a fairer website ranking for all users.

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Page Views and Visits – what is the difference?

Page views is the view of one page in your website – every time a page is loaded, this is considered a Page View. It doesn’t make any difference if it is the same user visiting the page or not.

Visits are the number of individual visits to your website. This statistic is based on recognition of a browser cookie in the visitor’s browser. Therefore, the visitor is not counted again if he has already been visiting the site within the last 24 hours.

You can read more about the difference between Page Views and Unique Visitors here.

Still have questions? You can contact Motigo’s support team anytime!

Is your website user-friendly? Test yourself!

Wednesday May 27th, 2009

Usability is such an important factor for the success of your website that it should be on your mind from the beginning on. The rule for the usability test is: The sooner the better. The best is to start testing website usability before you start working on your website: Ideas, concepts and drafts are easier (and cheaper) to change than existing websites. But, of course, it is never too late to start optimizing your website and make it more user-friendly. The only things you need to conduct the usability test are five test persons and some time.

5 Methods to check usability:

  1. Card Sorting for user friendly navigation and menu structures. Write the name of each of the main items (products, topics) of your website on paper cards. Give each user a set of cards ask him to sort them thematically. This will help you find out which topics belong together in the eyes of your users and tells you where they expect to find the information they’re looking for. Use this information to determine the menu and navigation structure of your site.
  2. Paper Prototyping helps you test if your site structure makes sense. Draw your website on paper. Do not concentrate on design issues, but only on the structure: How are website pages organized hierarchically and how are they linked to each other? Let your test users perform real tasks with the paper prototypes and watch their reactions. Ask them also for feedback and suggestions.
  3. Interviews to find out more about user-experience. Ask your test persons about one aspect of your website. If you conduct written interviews, it is recommended to use closed questions with predefined answers (yes/no, I agree totally/ I agree partially/ I disagree). If you interview your test users personally, you can use open questions where users can reply freely. Interviews will give you important feedback and will help you look at your website through the eyes of your users.
  4. Thinking aloud will give you high quality feedback during testing. Let your test user perform a task and ask him to explain his decisions. What is he doing? Why did he choose this option and not another one? How is he feeling? What is his opinion? Thinking aloud will give you important information about the user’s mental and emotional interaction with your website and can give you many good ideas for improvement.
  5. The Five-Second-Test is a fast and easy way to test the functionality of your website. Here, you let your test user perform a certain task again (for example, if you sell products, ask the person to tell you how he would go about buying a certain product). Let the person look 5 seconds at your website without scrolling or clicking on links (you can also use a screenshot). After that, ask the person to tell you what he remembers from the website. This will show you what catches the user’s eye and tells you if your images, titles and banners are sending the right message to the users. On the next step, ask the test person to perform the task. If he has difficulties or takes too long, this means your site is confusing and needs restructuring.