As some may know the other week I installed Mint, a little web stats application from Shaun Inman.
Well a week on, how does Mint taste? Did it leave a breath of freshness or loose it’s taste just way too quickly?
Sorry but how many mint related wise cracks can you get before it all turns sour?
Paul Stamatiou has done a very useful run down of the application with a list of handy Peppers.
The installation is quite simple really and to make it even easier Shaun has created a wonderful little app that checks your web server for compatibility so you can be sure before you sign up and fork out the charge. Whilst this does NOT ensure Mint will work it does provide a nice chunck of reassurance. For me this process went off without a hitch, php was detected and connection to the MySql database was successful. This process basically tests the database connection my creating a dummy database and writing a entry to it, you must input your connection details; username, password, database name and server, don’t worry it does tidy up after itself.
The main page is the lovely little refuge were you can see all the various details of your site, all displayed in subtle shades of grey and green (mint I guess) for me the gui is a very pleasant place and really makes viewing site statistics a bit more interesting. To access your ‘mint’ page just point your browser to yourdomain.com/mint/ and log in using your chosen name (email address) and password. From here you can see the default information panes and statistics, clicking on the Preferences link at the top takes you to the Mint configuration section. This page allows you too select the name of your site and the local time, the order of the information panes or if they display at all and install new Peppers. As standard Mint comes bundled with a Pepper called User Agent 007, which detects and displays the visitors browser and platform, along with screen resolution and Flash player version. To install a new Pepper, check on the Mint forums for up to date information and new releases, you download the required peppers and extract to the Pepper folder within Mint. Upload the new files, which are normally within a folder named after their creator, interesting, and then log into your admin/config page. You should now see an extra link under the Pepper section, which is cleverly entitled install pepper; genius I tell you! Install and tinker, each Pepper normally come with its own configuration page which available by clicking the Pepper name at the top of the Pepper pane.
If I had to put a bottom line on the Mint style I would compare it to an iPod: There are plenty of other, cheaper machines out there (I’m not entering the iPod/iTunes combo here) that do just a good job if not better but the one to be seen using and telling your mates is the iPod.