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AdRotate Professional 5.7 – Fixing all the bugs and new widgets!

This update has many bugfixes and tweaks to make your overall user experience better. Many bugs have been tested by users already in their specific use case. Mostly to support older or less common PHP versions. Next to that, a big request over the last few months was to make widgets great again… So AdRotate Professional 5.7 has that. Great widgets.

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End of year sale 2019 – All plugins 30% off!

It’s the end of the year. Time for a quick sale! All plugins, including AdRotate Pro and a all WooCommerce plugins, are 30% off! Don’t enjoy Christmas too much just yet. Get AdRotate Professional first. Set it up, see the money come in and then go and celebrate.

Or, if you’re not looking for advertising managers, consider improving your WooCommerce set up with these handy little plugins. Faster checkout? Yes please! Want to know which payment gateway is most used? That’s right. You can find out with my plugins.

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Why switching to Matomo for website analytics is a good thing

For years I have wondered why the world so blindly got hooked up with Google services and why almost nobody seems to question if that’s a good thing. Nobody I know has any doubts. Reviews everywhere on the internet tell people Google is the best, or at least it’s very good. And if you search for “best way to sync your android phone” or “alternative for iCloud calendars” or something similar, everyone seems to blindly recommend the Google sync stuff – Which also quietly has you use their services afterwards.

Why? It makes no sense… Oh wait, it does. The Google services as a whole work quite well and they work on pretty much every platform and system. Sure, but so do many others. So why choose, and trust, Google?

Like so many others, I recently started to resent companies like Google and Facebook who seemingly just do whatever they want. Dancing around laws and regulations like they don’t exist or matter and the endless lying to their users. I wrote a bit about that in a previous blog post.

Need stats? Get Google Analytics. Need calendars? Get Google Calendar (or whatever they call it). Need email? Get Gmail. And the list goes on. The internet is larger than Google you know… There are alternatives!

Meet Matomo

Recently I switched my statistics away from Google Analytics. I now use Matomo and I’m a happier guy because of it.
I’ve used both for a week or two to see if Matomo can match Google. This quickly changed from “We’ll see if this works” to “Damn, Google makes even less sense now”.

I now can see stats that I understand.
I now can quickly see what’s going on on my websites.
I now can track links and actually see what’s going on without needing a PhD.
I now can track goals in a way that makes sense to me.
And I get to keep my data! Nobody is looking over my shoulder.

This is of-course because I host my own server with Matomo installed on it. If you get Matomo their cloud service your data is still yours, but it’s stored in the Matomo cloud. So, might as well use Google Analytics then, right? Wrong.

Unlike Google, Matomo is unlikely to spy on you, simply because they have nothing to gain from it. Their mission is to provide accurate stats. Google their mission is to sell adverts. And to know which advert they can show you they need to spy on you so they know what you may want and show you adverts for it.

To me that’s an important difference.

Why I choose Matomo to replace Google Analytics

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t disapprove of the adverts. Hell, I make advertising software myself. But it’s how the advert is chosen that rubs me the wrong way.

So, Matomo it is then. But why Matomo and not something else?
Because Matomo is accessible to most people. You can host your own server for it, like I do, or use their cloud service for a fee. This means that pretty much everyone can use it.
Many of the others, I found, use less mainstream tech like Ruby on Rails or Redis or have strange requirements like NodeJS. Things that often aren’t available on many hosting platforms. Or aren’t as well known.

Matomo uses PHP, MySQL and a bunch of more mainstream technologies that work pretty much everywhere. That and the easier to use dashboard makes it very accessible.

It took me a few days to figure that out and make up my mind about it though. I looked at a bunch of the alternatives, considering where to host my data and such.
Finally I settled on hosting it myself on a VPS I got from Inmotion Hosting and installed Matomo on it, simple as that.

Matomo seems at least as accurate as Google Analytics, but the ease of use of Matomo is far greater, for me at least.
As I mentioned earlier, I now actually understand what’s going on on my site. The terminology is more clear. The dashboard is easier to use – It kinda just works…

Tracking your stats with Matomo

Tracking stats can of-course be done with their Tracking code, this works very similar to Google Analytics. Just stick a piece of code in your websites footer. Nothing all that special. But you need to edit your theme or website to insert that code.

Fortunately if you’re using WordPress you can do this with a plugin. I have developed Matomo Analytics for WordPress to make this super easy. The plugin adds a little dashboard and a few easy to use and understand settings. And you’ll be tracking stats within 5 minutes without editing your theme or adding any code. You can download Matomo Analytics for WordPress for free here – Get Matomo Analytics for WordPress.

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WooCommerce Plugins updated for WooCommerce 3.8.1

The plugins WooCommerce Paypal Surcharge, WooCommerce Stripe Surcharge, WooCommerce Single Page Checkout and WooCommerce Payment Gateway Stats have all been updated for WooCommerce 3.8.1. An extra check has been added to see if WooCommerce is actually active as well.

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WooCommerce Plugins updated

Today WooCommerce 3.8 was released. Another immense list of changes and bugfixes that makes you wonder how the plugin worked in the first place. But a lot of good things have changed I guess…

I’ve been testing my WooCommerce plugins today and found them all compatible with both WordPress 5.3 and WooCommerce 3.8.
This includes; Woocommerce Paypal Surcharge, Woocommerce Stripe Surcharge, Woocommerce Single Page Checkout and Woocommerce Gateway Stats.

All 4 plugins are fully compatible with the latest and greatest from Automattic.
You can download the latest version of the plugin from your account if you bought one of them in the last 12 months.

If you don’t have these handy plugins yet. Get your copy here:

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Don’t let PayPal fees bring you down with PayPal Surcharge for WooCommerce

Recently Paypal once again announced they will raise transaction fees. They also changed their Terms of Service in a way that you as a merchant are more liable for your customers antics, making it easier for them to charge you when trouble arrises (which should occur rarely, if ever. But still, not cool!).
By my calculations many transactions will end up costing almost double compared to earlier this year.

If you use WordPress with WooCommerce as your sales platform not all is lost though. You can easily lessen this costly burden and keep your business afloat more easy. With a simple plugin I’ve created. Read on for more information!

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