Google Website Optimizer and Joomla 1.5

Google Website OptimizerSome very good news from the Joomla 1.5 world today … Google Website Optimizer now works with Joomla 1.5.

If you haven’t tried it yet, Website Optimizer is a tool for testing different versions of your site to see which one produces a higher conversion rate.

Thanks to Anthony from Joomla Performance and Barrie from Compass Designs for their work on this.

Joomla 1.0?

Currently the only option for using Google Website Optimizer with
Joomla 1.0 is a mambot called Opt-Bot. Unfortunately its the very picture
of a bad Open Source business model:

  • Its over $100 for three small files (you pay separately for 1.0 and 1.5)
  • All files are completely encoded
  • The license will shut your site down if it stops working
  • Support questions in the forum are all unanswered

Hopefully a free solution for 1.0 will be available shortly.


  • Anthony asked me to emphasise that you need a patch for 1.5.4 but this will be native in 1.5.5.
  • Barrie asked me to point out his new tutorial with a detailed explanation of how to use GWO with Joomla.

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