Visitor Movies for WordPress
Did you ever want to know what exactly your visitors are doing on your site? Watch them!
A client of mine wanted a plugin to log what users type into forms. I kind of didn't see the point at first. But a few days later I was a little annoyed that there was apparently no free alternative to websites like clixpy, clicktale and similar services.
It occured to me that recording movies of visits isn't really hard to do. And so i started a new plugin, loosely based on the unpublished form input tracking plugin.
I am very pleased with the results so far. Of course it's no match for the professional services mentioned above. But it is good enough to gain a few insights into what can be improved on your website.
The recording script is pretty lightweight but has a rather hefty dependeny: jQuery. It also loads json2.js. I'm sure the logging could be rewritten without the jQuery dependency but that really wasn't a priority for the first public release.
This plugin probably needs WordPress 2.8 and PHP 5. I didn't bother to test older versions and won't support them in the future.
Here is a sample movie of what a recorded session can look like. As you can see mouse movements, clicks, form input, select boxes, checkboxes and radio buttons are recorded.
Important: For the playback you should always use the same browser as the visitor. If you don't, the mouse position will probably be very wrong. The plugin also doesn't save a page's state at the time of recording. This means if comments are added or the content changes, you will see the old movements on a new website.
Downloads at WordPress.org.
WordPress plugin demos are disabled as I don't use WordPress on this site any more.