by Florian Argaud · March 1st, 2023
Every developer knows Google Analytics; it is the most used tool to check real-time analytics and measure all your website's metrics. But Google Analytics has some weak points for your users :
As an indie maker, I want a more significant user experience for my visitors; I want to make sure a tier app cannot track them, and I want to avoid bothering them with some suspicious cookies. I also want a tool that is easy to use and to maintain with some valuable metrics that don't requires hours of setting everything up.
Are there other alternatives that are GDPR-compliant and as effective as Google Analytics in 2023?
Spoiler alert: Yes.
Plausible was my favorite analytic app from 2021 to 2022 - period. Plausible provides a great alternative to Google Analytics that is easy to set up. It does not require managing Cookies... because they don't use them!
All you need is to add a script to your pages, and you have access to real-time data. Yup, that's it.
The downside is the price. It's not cheap: Plausible pricing starts at 9€ / month (108 / year) for 10k visitors. Ouch. This can sound too much when you just got started on a new project as an indie maker.
Plausible is also Open Source, so you can self-host your own app through Docker if you are brave enough. But it will cost you money and time.
Pros: GRPD compliant, easy to set up, a stable product.
Cons: The downside is the price. It's not cheap: Plausible pricing starts at 9€ / month (108 / year) for 10k visitors. Ouch. This can sound too much when you just got started on a new project as an indie maker.
GoatCounter is also an open Source alternative that provides basic metrics for your website. It's as easy to use as Plausible but with an older UI. But I won't complain because GoatCounter is entirely free for non-commercial websites.
And as a non-commercial, GoatCounter is pretty generous: if you are starting your side project but still need to make money, they consider you a non-commercial website.
Pros : It's completely free, open source, and easy to set up.
Cons : The metrics are basics, and I wouldn't say I like the dashboard UI.
Beam analytics provides all the tools you need as an indie maker, such as web analytics, user funnels, and cohort retention; they also offer a gracious free tier plan for up to 100k pageviews! It's by far my favorite analytic app for 2023. It allows me to monitor my visitors with a beautiful UI dashboard without worrying about managing my user's cookies.
Pros: It's simple to use, and Beam provides powerful tools if you need them. I like the UI, and the free tier plan is way enough when you begin.
Cons: It's still in the early stage. It's the new kid in town, so the prices and features could change.