Might As Well Face It, I'm Addicted to Mint

As a webmaster, if you have never used Mint, you’re definitely missing out. I’m so addicted, I’d probably try to sell it to you as you and your friends walk out of a club.

If you don’t know, Mint is web statistics software made for LAMP-based web servers. It’s not free, which is what first turned me off from it, but it is cheap at $30USD.

So why do I like it? It’s simple, clean, and easy to use. Basically the requirements for any good product, especially online. It provides easy-to-read and up-to-the-second stats in nice, readable tables. It even has a bit of AJAX-yness to it.

So what do I love about it? Pepper. Pepper is the API for Mint. Like any good API, Pepper lets you extend the functions of Mint in almost any manner you like. With the community of Mint and Pepper developers there is never a shortage of good Peppers. There’s Peppers for local searches, browser info, platform info, resolutions, flash versions, outclicks, even window widths of your visitors. Almost all of the Peppers are available at Peppermint Tea.

So is it the all-in-one website stats solution? Not really. It could be, depending on how detailed you want your stats, but it does make a great compliment to Google Analytics or AwStats. GA being flawed in it updates occasionally and AwStats being flawed in that it’s almost unreadable. Mint makes up for both of those.

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