Milestone 3 - Displaying data
14 Apr 2020, Hendrik Niefeld

Episode Three — Displaying data

Milestone 3 has been completed. This is what we have achieved in the last ten weeks.

Improved UX

The Auditorium for users is now annotated with explanations of all metrics as well as analytics-specific terms. It also contains an FAQ section. In general, new metrics were added and the UX was refined for users and operators. browser setup These updates are already up and running in our own instance for users. Opt in and open the Auditorium.
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Working in teams

If you want to improve your services with transparent and fair web analytics, it is very likely that you collaborate in groups. Therefore, in a first draft we have added basic utilities for managing user logins and accounts. These tools will be further refined during milestone 4.

Convenient setup

Using the command line can be a bit intimidating. This is why we have added an in-browser setup screen for a more intuitive setup. You can now use your browser to perform the initial setup. browser setup

Goodbye Choo, hello Preact

Choo was a great choice to build dynamic UIs very quickly. But as the Auditorium grew, we noticed a lack of mechanisms to break interfaces into components. So we migrated the application to Preact. A better way to use modern paradigms for programming interfaces.

Verifying download integrity

Our binaries are now signed with a GPG key. After downloading Offen, you can now check if the binary you want to use is the one we intend to distribute. Learn more

Safari now fully supported

At the end of milestone 2 we noticed problems with the way the Safari browser stores keys. We fixed this by adding a dedicated fallback mechanism. Give it a try.

Ready in one minute

Self-hosting is ideal for privacy focused software. Based on free resources, you can now deploy a production ready Offen instance to Heroku in a jiffy. browser setup We are currently working on further 1-click options for platforms such as DigitalOcean and YunoHost.
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Happy Birthday to us

Offen is now one year old. We made some progress on our way to develop a self hosted and transparent alternative to established web analytics tools.

But it is not yet the time for standing ovations. There is still a lot to be done. If you like, you can help us. Stay tuned and provide us with your feedback. Thanks in advance!

Up next

Episode Four — Managing data will feature a more fine grained account management and the collecting and implementing of first user feedback. We'll be right back.

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