Hotspots Analytics Remote Bundle

The most advanced analytics plugin for WordPress websites including heatmaps, user activity and custom event tracking. The free plugin from WordPress.org makes additional AJAX requests for each event (mouse click, touch screen tap, page view, AJAX action and custom events) which increases the load on your server and impacts performance.

Hotspots Analytics Remote adds to the free Hotspots Analytics plugin on WordPress.org to enable all events to be saved and managed remotely on a separate WordPress website, so that performance is not impacted. It includes two plugins that act as a client and a server to do this:

  1. Hotspots Analytics Remote Client – a extension to the free Hotspots Analytics plugin that is to be installed on your existing WordPress website which enables the remote capabilities
  2. Hotspots Analytics Remote Server – a plugin that is to be installed on a separate WordPress website which provides an API to save and retrieve the data

Third party services such as Clicky and CrazyEgg usually have a one month free trial and then ongoing monthly costs where the cheapest option is about $10 a month for a small website (e.g. less than a dozen pages).  So this equates to about $120 per year on the cheapest option.

Hotspots Analytics Remote is a lot cheaper than third party services and provides a do-it-yourself analytics server with no restrictions on the number of websites, pages or visitors you have.

How to setup

In addition to your existing WordPress website, you will need another web hosting server with WordPress installed. Another domain name is not needed but is obviously easier. This could be another website in production or for development purposes where performance is not critical. You can also test the two plugins installed on the same host or WordPress website but this would not provide any performance improvements.

  1. Purchase the Hotspots Analytics Remote bundle
  2. Ensure you have the free Hotspots Analytics plugin installed on your website and then also install the Hotspots Analytics Remote Client plugin
  3. Install the Hotspots Analytics Remote Server plugin on your other WordPress website
  4. Go to Settings menu option -> Hotspots Analytics Remote Server plugin page. Add a new API key for your host URL which is the client (i.e. http://daniel.powney.com is the host). Remember the Remote Server URL and the new API key as you will need these next.
  5. On your original website, go to the Hotspots menu option -> Settings plugin page -> Remote Client tab. Enter in the Remote Server URL and API key then click the Test Remote Connection button. If successful, a message will be displayed which says “Remote Connection Successful.”. Now you’re done and remote analytics should be working.