How to Install Piwik on Ubuntu 18.04


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To install Piwik on Ubuntu 18.04, you can follow the steps below: 1. Update System Packages: ```bash sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade ``` 2. Install Required Dependencies: ```bash sudo apt install apache2 mysql-server php php-mysql php-gd php-xml php-mbstring ``` 3. Enable Necessary Apache Modules: ```bash sudo a2enmod rewrite sudo a2enmod expires ``` 4. Restart Apache: ```bash sudo systemctl restart apache2 ``` 5. Download Piwik: ```bash cd /var/www/html sudo wget https://builds.piwik.org/piwik.zip sudo unzip piwik.zip && sudo rm piwik.zip sudo chown -R www-data:www-data piwik/ ``` 6. Create a Database: ```bash sudo mysql -u root -p CREATE DATABASE piwik_db; GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON piwik_db.* TO 'piwik_user'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'your_password'; FLUSH PRIVILEGES; EXIT; ``` 7. Configure Apache: ```bash sudo nano /etc/apache2/sites-available/piwik.conf ``` Add the following configuration: ```html ServerAdmin [email protected] DocumentRoot /var/www/html/piwik ServerName piwik.example.com Options FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Require all granted ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/piwik_error.log CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/piwik_access.log combined ``` 8. Enable the virtual host: ```bash sudo a2ensite piwik.conf sudo systemctl reload apache2 ``` 9. Finish the Installation: - Open your web browser and visit `http://piwik.example.com` (replace `piwik.example.com` with your own domain or IP address). - Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. - Provide the MySQL database details, including database name, user, and password. - Continue with the configuration and setup needed for your website. Piwik (now known as Matomo) is a free and open-source web analytics platform that provides comprehensive insights into website visitors. With Piwik, you can track and analyze various metrics such as the number of visitors, page views, conversion rates, and more. It offers a self-hosted solution, allowing you to have full control over your data privacy. Piwik provides an intuitive and user-friendly interface to navigate through the analytics data, generate reports, and visualize the results. It also includes features like heatmaps, event tracking, goal conversion tracking, and A/B testing. Additionally, Piwik supports numerous plugins and integrations with popular web platforms and content management systems. By installing Piwik on your website, you gain valuable information about your visitors and their behavior, helping you make informed decisions to improve user experience, marketing strategies, and overall website performance.

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