Mint

September 7, 2005 in 4 out of 5 stars, A piece of software, Analytics

What is it?


Mint: Mint is the big brother of ShortStat, which was another Inman creation. Basically, the only question that Mint doesn't answer is why people come to your site. But other than that, it keeps the numbers in check while you're off having lunch.

Mint

Who makes it?

Shaun Inman

Why is it the killerest?

Bad breath? Have a Mint. Not only does it freshen your server's breath, it also gives stats too. Not just stats, but a whole slew of stats. And on top of that, it's sexy. Green never looked this sexy. Since it uses Javascript to record hits, referral spam is greatly reduced, so you only get the most worthy of referrals. And if you're into that whole "Web 2.0" stuff, don't worry Ay-yax (AJAX) takes good care of this script. For those beloved Mac users, Junior Mint can jump into your Dashboard and show your stats to you whenever you wish. The most interesting part of Mint is Pepper...mint. So with these little Peppers, Shaun and other 3rd party developers can extend Mint to not only show more stats than you can take in a single serving, but also extend Mint for use as an API. Who knows what will happen after that. Live stat tracking? Site vs. Site stat battles? Endless I tell you!

What could be improved?

Importers. If users could import their data from other services, this would certainly remove a large barrier to switching. The core product should have came with all of Shaun's peppers included, but it was just an extra hassle to install them afterwards rather than just turning the features off. Documentation is a bit lacking at the moment, as many people have complained of difficulties during the installation process. In opinions of a few, the price is a little steep, but if you really want it, you'll have some room saved in your bank.

How much does it cost?

$30.00

Rating?

Reviewed by Bryan Veloso

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Set it up last night and it looks good. However I didn't realise it was limited to just html pages before I paid. There are a couple of images and files I want to track. Disappointed about that.
I also realise I need to rename page titles to make glancing at the stats easier but maybe that is just good practice.

Posted by: Alan | Sep 7, 2005 9:03:16 AM

Alan, you should check out the Download Counter Pepper http://orderedlist.com/articles/pepper-download-counter/

Posted by: Shaun Inman | Sep 7, 2005 9:44:33 PM

Cheers Shaun thats a help :)

Posted by: Alan O'Rourke | Sep 8, 2005 2:19:20 AM

no coldfusion support?

that sucks. just lost a customer.

Posted by: dpinder | Apr 25, 2006 2:36:23 PM

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