Welcome to Quinico web insights!  

Quinico is an open source web application designed to help you easily improve your website's performance, reduce errors and optimize for search engines (SEO).  Quinico can constantly monitor your websites and alert you when there is a problem that requires attention.  Using Quinico, you can automate the continual tracking, reporting and alerting of the following:

  • Google search engine rankings of all of your important keywords (supports all google domains and languages)
  • Google Pagespeed metrics including suggestions for improvement (mobile and desktop strategies)
  • Page weight breakdown (mobile and desktop strategies)
  • SEO url metrics (utilizing SEOMoz)
  • Webpagetest performance metrics (including first and repeat views)
  • Google webmaster metrics (keyword impressions/clicks, crawl errors, top search queries)
 
Quinico makes it easy to monitor and understand these metrics with easy to read reports, some examples of which are shown below.  You can see an expanded listing in the reports section of this site: 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 


The system also includes an API that can be used with a monitoring solution like Nagios (a plugin is included) to alert you automatically if any of your metrics start to trend negatively. The best way to understand what Quinico does is to review the FAQ below.


Frequently Asked Questions:


1.  Why is the information that Quinico tracks important?

All of the metrics that Quinico tracks have a direct impact on your user's ability to locate your website on the Internet through search engines as well as their satisfaction while browsing your site.  If you are responsible for managing one or more websites, you need to be reviewing this type of information on a daily basis to ensure that your systems are optimized.  Additionally, if you perform frequent software releases, as many website operators do, it is critical that you are aware of how your code releases are impacting your page performance and SEO.  

2.  Does Quinico cost money?

Quinico itself does not cost any money and the services it uses are also free (for most uses).  In order to acquire data about your websites, Quinico interfaces daily with five external API services:
  1. Google Search API
  2. Google Webmaster API
  3. Google Pagespeed API
  4. SEOMoz Mozscape API
  5. Webpagetest public API
All of these APIs are free and most give you very generous per day request limits (but some give you more data if you sign up for paid services with the respective organizations).  You do not need to setup or use all of the APIs in order to use Quinico.  The configuration section of this site contains detailed instructions on how to sign up for your API credentials with the different organizations and how to configure Quinico to use them.

3.  What technologies does Quinico use?

Quinico is a standard Apache/MySQL/DJango/Python application.  Included in the documentation is a simple architecture diagram with accompanying descriptions.

4.  What is the easiest way to get started with Quinico?

If you are interested in installing your own local instance of Quinico, feel free to download the latest release and follow the installation and configuration sections of this site to get up and running.  If you run into problems and need some assistance, check out the help section and ask a question.

5.  What are some common questions that Quinico can help answer?  

Below are some common questions that Quinico can help you answer (there are certainly others).  The common theme is that any of these metrics can change at any time, especially if external vendors are managing parts of your infrastructure or if your organization performs frequent software releases.  When you combine Quinico with the Quinico Nagios plugin, you can proactively answer these questions and correct any issues before they impact your users.
  • Is your CDN cache performance optimized?
  • Have you browser cached static assets appropriately?  Are you caching static assets after the first view by a user?
  • Are your web pages properly optimization for speed?  Are your developers following best practices?  Is this trend changing with software releases.
  • How many third party web calls are embedded in your web pages?  Is the trend increasing?  Are your business users sneaking in tracking pixels that are slowing down your pages?
  • How many external links do you have to your important pages?  Is the trend increasing or decreasing?  How many do your competitors have?  What does their trend look like? 
  • Is Google experiencing problems when crawling your site?  Do you have a significant number of broken links within your pages?
  • Do your important search terms have strong rankings?  Which competitor sites are ranking above yours for these search terms?  How many of your important search terms are ranking on the first page of Google results?

6.  Who built Quinico?

Quinico was originally designed and built by Tom Alessi and has been released under the Apache Software Foundation license.