As the story goes back in July 2017, that the founder of aMiSTACX was having a huge problem getting a Bitnami Piwik stack working after deployment on AWS, that he decided it would be quicker just to build an EC2 Ubuntu server with Piwik on it from scratch.
As this build-out of Piwik [now called Matomo] was for a consulting gig, he came to realize that his new creation was so much better and faster than the Bitnami’s, he decided to throw his 20+ IT years experience into the ring on AWS Marketplace, and build a better mousetrap for everyone. aMiSTACX was born and he soon threw away the rear view mirror and focused on the future.
Two years and 50+ stacks later, a majority of them Magento, and to celebrate the milestone of our 2nd year anniversary, we decided to finally offer our own bridge module to marry Matomo and Magento together. Again, it was because of a consulting project that necessity drove innovation.
Our client, a high-end home theater provider out of the UK, needed a faster solution than Google GA could provide, and while keeping his customer data private. Something that seems to be very difficult for GA. [Seriously, do you think the Google team that has pictures of your front door and roof are not also data mining your GA customer data?]
Introducing Trak for Matomo-Magento
Trak was born. Well, that was the code name for the project, and it kind of stuck. The Trak module that resides on Magento is state-of-the-art. A module built specifically for Magento 2.3.2+ and Matomo 3.11+, and will allow a seamless integration with our aMiSTACX stack G4 for Matomo 3.11+.
Trak will be available for ALL aMiSTACX G4 Magento stacks, and select Developer and Luma Demo stacks. The only caveat is you will need to use an aMiSTACX stack for Matomo. This is the only way we can assure a completely turnkey and hassle free solution solution for our customers.
From the Matomo dashboard you will be able to use the ecommerce features, and track Cart Abandonment, Visits, Sales, SKUs, Products, and much more. Here is a screenshot from our Trak in use on our LUMA demo server:
We are very pleased with Trak, and can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers. Hopefully with some great feedback we can even make it better! If you are on a G4 stack for Magento, we will just post the repo information, and you can append your composer.json file for installation.
Trak for Matomo/Magento Configuration
Step 1. Make sure you are using an aMiSTACX stack that is designated for the Matomo/Magento aMiSTACX Trak module. This special stack will have a special file in the document root called do_not_delete.php.
Step 2. Install Matomo Custom Dimensions Module:
The Custom Dimensions plugin is available on the Matomo Marketplace for free.
- Log in as a Super User
- Go to “Administration” by clicking the cogwheel icon in the top right
- Click on the “Marketplace” menu item
- Find the Custom Dimensions plugin in the list
- Press “Install”
- On the next page, press “Activate” (or alternatively: execute the following command ./console plugin:activate CustomDimensions)
The Trak module is configured from the Magento admin console > Stores > Settings > Configuration > AMISTACX > Trak.
Enable Tracking : Enable or disable tracking
aMiSTACX Matomo Server hostname : Set the path to your Matomo server, e.g. https://matomo.example.com
Matomo Website ID : Website ID in Matomo system. You can find the Site ID in the Settings > Websites > Manage
For example, say you want to monitor the site https://luma.awsamistacx.com, you will get the Matomo site ID 5 from the Matomo console.
Enable Link Tracking : Enable tracking of outlinks and downloads
Enable Abandoned Orders Tracking : Sending an email notification to the user if they abandon their order.
Order lifetime in min : After “X” minutes Trak will mark the order as abandoned.
Goal ID in the Matomo : Create a custom goal and get ID for abandoned orders tracking. In Matomo, Settings > Websites > Goals. Next, create a new goal named “Abandoned orders“. Set “Goal is triggered” option* to “Manually“. You will now see a new report in Matomo in Goals > Abandoned orders.
*Optionally, you can “Allow Goal to be converted more than once per visit.”
API Authentication Token : Matomo security token. This is found in the API section of Matomo. Just copy and paste to the Trak field.
Enable Payment Systems Tracking : Enable tracking of payment systems. For example, say you want to track number of payments made by check, credit card, or crypto. See next for configuration.
Dimension ID in Matomo : Custom dimension ID for payment systems tracking. In Matomo, we need create a new visit dimension.
Name “Payment system“. You will see a new report in Matomo in Ecommerce > Sales > Sales by User attribute > Payment Type
Note: The Matomo Dimensions module will need to be installed.
Link Tracking Timer : Delay for link tracking in milliseconds.
Advanced options section
Matomo PHP Tracking Script Path : Path to the Matomo tracker PHP script. Should be matomo.php.