What follows is truly exciting for a novice developer with natural political enemies.
Grammar Captive has discovered Matomo (formerly called PIWIK or Kiwi-P spelled backwards). Matomo is Google Analytics on your desktop. In other words, the data with which Grammar Captive does its analysis will not become the property of Google, but remain that of Grammar Captive.
What is more, the software that collects and process the data can reside on the user’s computer, or a third-party host-server of the user’s own choosing. Alas, Grammar Captive is free from the clutches of “Big Brother”!
Finally, Matomo costs nothing additionally, but the time of installation and set-up. Indeed, rather than reinventing the wheel and creating my own counters for activity on the Grammar Captive site, I will now write script to tell Matomo what it is that I want counted and how I want it analyzed.
This discovery has also resulted in a new task, but one that is fairly easy to implement and will not cause a great amount of additional delay — an onsite search engine.
The reason that I am adding this fourth, pre-production, development task is the important user information that it offers. Where before users had to select newsletters and podcasts with the alternatives that I provided, they are now free to select Grammar Captive material without constraint. The ramifications are both grand and immediate, as I will no longer have to second guess what my users want, for they will tell me directly each time they submit a search in the new Grammar Captive newsletters and podcasts search boxes. Such information is simply too valuable to be without.
If you would like a preview of what is to come, open to the Grammar Captive mainpage and click in the navigation bar under the subheading Search Grammar Captive.