Sorry, I just have to respond to the question about tracking...
Uh, doesn't any serious operation do their own tracking?!
No. I guess this is one preconception that you can let go of. Let me
check a few sites and see what they use...
Volusion http://www.volusion.com/ - Google Analytics.
Shopify http://www.shopify.com - Google Analytics
Blinksale http://blinksale.com - Beats me...
Basecamp http://basecamphq.com - Google Analytics
Ruby on Rails http://rubyonrails.com - Google Analytics
Ruby Language http://ruby-lang.org - Google Analytics
Amazing... I thought I'd find a few significant ones out there, but
that's good company to be in, IMO. I think these are serious operations.
Google Analytics is nice and all for a blog or something, especially
if you're chained to Adwords, but I would expect actual companies to
do their own usage tracking. At least use Mint or something, a
single site license is $30!
The main reason for companies to do their own tracking is if they
really value the ownership and privacy of their stats.
Google Analytics: It's free. It's doesn't add load to your servers. It
works really well, and Google works to add features for free without
any upgrading required on our side. Smart companies (people) don't
complicate things when they don't have to.
Radiant mailing list