Why Choose Panelbear vs Google Analytics
Panelbear is the simple and privacy-first Google Analytics alternative. You get cookie-free website analytics with zero configuration required. Get real time traffic insights, while delivering an amazing experience to your visitors.
Panelbear is simple and easy to use
Google Analytics is a complex tool which provides marketers with campaign reports and hundreds of metrics across different pages. This can be useful if you know how to make sense of the data, and how to configure your analytics to keep up with privacy regulations.
On the other hand, Panelbear is easy to use, cookie-free and comes with a bunch of useful features out of the box for understanding your website’s traffic and performance. There’s a cloud-based free plan to get started, and affordable paid plans for when you need them.
To help you decide which tool best fits your needs, let's take a look into some of the differences between Google Analytics and Panelbear.
We believe privacy is a fundamental human right. That's why Panelbear has been carefully designed to not track personal data. Everything we collect goes through an anonymization process by default, giving you and your visitors peace of mind.
Panelbear gives you website analytics without tracking cookies - zero configuration required. That way, you can get useful insights on your website's traffic without invading the privacy of your visitors.
Funded by happy customers, not by selling data
We're in the business of fast, privacy-friendly analytics, not selling your data for advertising purposes.
Privacy and data protection are at the core of what we do. Panelbear is funded by charging for our service. You own 100% of your data - after all you're our customer, not the product.
While we're funded by paying customers, we're happy to offer generous free website analytics for small websites. That way, it's super easy to get started and you can try it out for yourself.
The free plan includes up to 2,000 pageviews per month. That's plenty of space for multiple personal websites, and hobby projects.
For longer data retention and increased capacity, check out our pricing plans. There's affordable plans for websites of every size, and friendly, personal support is included on every subscription.
Google Analytics is free up to a certain data volume, and afterwards will cost you $150,000 dollars a year. If you're a small or medium company, it might be prohibitively expensive to upgrade once you need it.
Real time website analytics
Everything in Panelbear is up-to-the-minute real time. That means you get a true picture of your website's traffic, in real time. This is particularly useful when your website is trending on social media, or on a popular site. You can see all metrics from around the world, and make data-driven decisions right when you need it.
For comparison, in Google Analytics it may take up to 24 hours for the data to appear. There's some charts which are faster than that, but most reports take a while to process. This might not be ideal for your use case.
Free end-user performance monitoring
While Google Analytics may give you hundreds of marketing-related metrics, Panelbear gives you a handful of core signals on your website's traffic. A particularly useful one being the page load time for each of your pages.
Panelbear gives you end-user performance monitoring out of the box for each of your pages. It automatically summarizes your website speed across the world. If you need to take a closer look, you can easily break down the data per page, country, and device type.
Additionally, Panelbear can help you identify why your website might be slow: it can show you the page load time by time spent rendering the frontend, downloading the files over the network, and even the time spent waiting for the backend servers to respond.
You can set up alerts to monitor these metrics for you automatically, and notify you when your website becomes too slow and the visitor experience is being affected.
Get notified via Slack, Discord or Email
Another advantage of using Panelbear, is that it lets you set up alerting conditions to be notified when something interesting happens on your website.
For example, you can set up notifications to your Slack or Discord channel when your website received more than 500 pageviews over the past hour (or the criteria of your choice).
You can customize the alerting conditions, and decide if you want to be notified to multiple integrations when the alert triggers. That way, you'll always be the first to know when your website is slow, getting a traffic spike, or in general whenever something interesting happens.
You retain data ownership
Data ownership is an important aspect of any analytics tool. After all, you want to be able to take your data with you, knowing that it is not being held by corporations for uses which you did not expect.
Panelbear lets you retain 100% ownership over your website's data. If you need a full export, you can always reach out to support to have all analytics data in the format that best suits your needs.
Additionally, if you ever decide to leave, when you delete your account, we destroy the analytics data, as we have no business in keeping it. We believe hoarding on data is a liability - that's why we strive for data minimization, and destroy your data when you ask us to or decide to leave.
At Panelbear, we believe social responsibility, just like privacy by design, is an important aspect of our business. Our business model is based on delivering a world-class product, aimed at socially responsible customers that value simplicity and respect the privacy of their visitors.
That's why we're proud to partner with Stripe Climate. Every customer contributes to CO₂ removal as we invest in a pool of companies fighting climate change.
Additionally, at a technical level we strive for efficient resource utilization and making use of datacenters powered by renewable energy whenever possible. Our infrastructure providers are leaders in this space, and we're happy to partner with socially responsible companies too.