Urchin 6 is a web analytics software package that you install on one of your own servers, and is ideal for tracking public-facing websites, Corporate intranets, and any web-based application that creates a log file. Urchin adds extra tracking information to your web server log files, and then processes those log files to generate detailed reports that show the effectiveness of marketing campaigns, conversion goals and funnels, geographic location of visitors, landing pages, and more. Urchin 6 also allows you to import historical data, create custom reports, track full clickpaths for visitors on your site, and provides other handy tracking tools.
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It depends on your needs! Google acquired urchin Software Corporation in 2005, and turned the "Urchin 6 On Demand" product into Google Analytics a few months later. The most fundamental difference between the two is that Urchin is standalone software and must be purchased, whereas Google Analytics is hosted by Google and is free. There will always be things you can do with Urchin that you can't do with Google Analytics, like tracking IP addresses and full visitor clickpaths, and vice versa, like automatically importing cost data from AdWords. Both products will continue to be developed, which means the choice is yours. If you need help with the decision, we can assist.
Do you own Urchin 5? If so, you can deduct the price you paid for version 5 from the purchase price of version 6. Learn more here.
Please note that Urchin 5 Software is still available for purchase.
Urchin stores configuration information in mySQL or PostgreSQL, and uses a proprietary database to store processed data.
Operating Systems Supported:
Note: 64-bit platforms are not supported natively, but Urchin will run if the OS has 32-bit libraries.
Urchin 6 will run on legacy hardware, but you will get significantly better performance with newer gear. The above specs are NOT minimum requirements -- these are merely recommendations based on our internal testing efforts.