Ah, Paris! A city shrouded in a haze of romance, where all lovers dream of visiting, the capital of world fashion, art, and baguettes. The Champs Elysees, the Louvre, French champagne, Notre Dame Cathedral ... The sights of Paris can be listed endlessly. And everyone has heard of them.
Getting to know Paris based on little-known facts
But some things are unknown or little known to the general public. For example, that more dogs live in Paris than children, or that the shortest street is less than 6 meters long.
We at Bemorepanda thought you might be interested in learning more about the French capital. We have compiled a list of 45 interesting facts that will give you a better idea of this European city.
1. Tom Cruise could have been made an honorary citizen of Paris, but his candidacy was rejected
Due to Cruz's association with Scientology and what many considered him to be the leader of the cult, the Paris authorities voted against it in 2005.
Our reference: Scientology is the belief that the spiritual essence of a person exists separately from his body and can live several lives. This religious movement appeared in the middle of the 20th century.
2. Counting trees is an official job in Paris
A man counts all the trees in Paris and gets paid for it; how do you like such a job? There are already 484,000 trees officially registered, and more are planned to be planted in the coming years. Paris is currently among the cities in Europe with the highest forest cover.
By the way, 222 trees in Paris are remarkable either for their beauty or fantastic shape, their history or rarity. For example, in the Parc du Champ-de-Mars, the oriental plane tree (Platanus orientalis, L.) grows, which is distinguished by its age (planted in 1814) and an unusual cluster of 6 trunks.
3. There are 450 parks and gardens in Paris
Parisians are picnic lovers, which explains why the city has 450 parks and gardens scattered throughout the city. However, there are many parks and squares in Paris,
In particular, the Luxembourg Gardens, in addition to vegetation, is notable because there are 106 statues and three fountains.
4. There are more dogs in Paris than children.
In Paris they love dogs very much, there are more of them in the city than children. There are about 300,000 dogs in Paris or one for every seven people and every two children (out of a population of 2.1 million).
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Parisians value their dogs as much as their free time, which is why dogs accompany their owners to places that the rest of the world reserves only for people: restaurants, shops, and public transport. Wherever the Parisian goes, the dog too... well, almost.
Ironically, dogs are banned from most city parks and green spaces—perhaps one of the reasons why they are accepted almost everywhere.
5. There are five Statues of Liberty in Paris
Many people will find it strange that there are several replicas of the Statues of Liberty in Paris, given that the most famous of them are located in New York, USA.
The Statue of Liberty is one of the attractions in New York and the whole USA. The fact that there are five authentic models of the Statue of Liberty in Paris is explained by the fact that it was a joint Franco-American project dedicated to the friendship of the two peoples.
6. A Boldini painting was found in a Parisian apartment that had been locked up for over half a century.
The apartment in Paris was locked up for about 70 years. Someone was paying rent for it every month, and when the tenant died, a painting by Giovanni Boldini worth over $2 million was found inside.
The background of this find is as follows: in 1942, a young Parisian woman, fearing persecution by the Nazis, fled to the south of France, leaving behind a luxurious apartment in Paris, to which she never returned. Seventy years later, this hidden treasure trove of art and antiques was finally discovered for the first time.
The painting is a portrait of Giovanni Boldini's muse, Martha de Florian. The famous Parisian socialite and actress are pictured wearing a beautiful revealing pink muslin gown. The painting was painted in 1888 when de Florian was only 24 years old.
But the most exciting thing is that it turns out the deceased owner of this apartment was none other than the granddaughter of Marthe de Florian. It was from the love notes, and letters between de Florian and Boldini found in the apartment that the woman in the painting was identified.
7. There is a law about the exact recipe for making baguettes.
You'll need to follow the 1993 decree. For bread to be recognized as a Parisian baguette, it must meet specific size requirements and have a sure dough consistency.
8. Paris was originally a Roman city called Lutetia.
In 52 BC, Roman traders operating along the river seized control of Parisia and changed the name to Lutetia. These are just a few of the many intriguing variations of the name of Paris.
9. The first photograph of people was taken in Paris
This intriguing little thing about Paris, France, first appeared in 1838. The picture shows the boulevard Temple; in the left corner, a man shines his shoes.
10. Notre Dame is considered the zero point of Paris
If you visit the area, you can find a miniature compass in the concrete in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. This place is in the center of Paris because it is zero point.
This small geographical marker judges the distance from Paris to all other places.
The Paris Zero Point - one of the so-called "zero kilometers" around the world - marks the supposedly exact center of a city or country. All other locations are considered to be measured as the distance emanating from that point.
11. It is forbidden to distribute night images of the Eiffel Tower.
Distribution means that the publication and sale of these images are prohibited. However, posting these images on social media is entirely legal.
A small clarification: taking pictures of the Eiffel Tower at night is not at all forbidden if it concerns any ordinary person. But for professionals, the situation is different.
The Eiffel Tower lighting and twinkling lights are copyrighted, so professional use of images of the Eiffel Tower at night requires prior permission and may incur fees.
12. Paris has an underground city.
Paris is undeniably a beautiful city, but it also boasts an entire city beneath it, known as the Paris Underground City, or catacombs. Nevertheless, it is a grim place where the remains of more than 6 million Parisians are kept.
13. Paris is not the largest French-speaking city in the world.
The capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa, is the rightful holder of this title. Paris has a population of over 2 million, while Kinshasa has over 12 million people who use French as their official language.
14. It will take you about 144 days to see the entire Louvre
To be more precise, it would take at least 200 days to see everything in the Louvre. Given the magnificence of the Louvre exhibits, more than this time is needed because it would require standing in front of each of them for only 30 seconds.
This is even though the Louvre Museum contains more than 380,000 exhibits and displays 35,000 works of art in eight curatorial departments.
15. In Paris, an annual competition for the best baguette in the city is held.
Paris hosts an annual Baguette Grand Prix to determine the best French bread in the city. 200 bakers take this challenge seriously - the winner gets at least 4,000 euros in cash, fame in France, and additional customers for their bakery!
16. Women in Paris were once forbidden to wear trousers.
Until 2012, women were not allowed to wear pants in public. All women were prohibited from wearing "men's clothes" under legislation that went into effect in 1800, and those who wished to do so had to obtain police permission.
However, even with the law in place, women continued to wear pants without any repercussions. It wasn't until 2012 that the law was finally repealed, thanks to the efforts of Najad Vallo-Belkasem, a former minister for women's rights, who argued that the law could no longer be compatible with contemporary values.
17. The Eiffel Tower was almost destroyed during World War II
The order to demolish the Eiffel Tower was given shortly before the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
18. Paris is home to one of the most famous paintings in the world.
"Mona Lisa" by Leonardo da Vinci, the most prestigious and famous work of art in the world, is stored in the Louvre in Paris. Although the artwork is well known, many people are often shocked by how tiny it is when they see it live. Its exact dimensions are 77 cm × 53 cm.
Since 2005, the Mona Lisa has been exhibited in a protective glass case in a secluded splendor in the center of the hall. This unique treatment is partly due to the need to ensure the preservation of such a famous work but also to the requirements of conservation: the result was not painted on canvas but on a poplar board, which warped over the years, causing cracks.
19. There are 37 bridges in Paris
Considered the most beautiful bridge in the world, the Pont Alexandre III, the Pont Bier Hakeim with breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower, Pont Neuf (Pont Neuf), the city's oldest surviving bridge, and the Pont des Arts are just some of the most famous and stunning bridges of Paris worth visiting.
20. There are about 38,000 restaurants in Paris
There are about 12,000 restaurants in the very center of Paris. Ninety-four have one Michelin star, 12 have two, and 10 have three stars. After Tokyo, Japan, Paris has the.
Our reference: a Michelin star is a restaurant's rating regarding the quality of cuisine and other parameters.
21. You can shoot video in Paris for free
You may be shocked to learn that. It's free except for filming in museums, parks, or swimming pools, where fees apply.
No wonder many films, commercials, etc., are filmed daily in Paris. Yes, most movies shot in Paris did not pay for the use of locales. However, if this is a large production, you need permission from the authorities.
22. There are 6486 streets in Paris
Rue Degré in the 2nd arrondissement is the smallest at just 5.75 meters, while Rue Vaugirard in the 15th arrondissement is the longest at 4.3 kilometers.
23. The Eiffel Tower was originally a temporary structure.
The structure was supposed to last only 20 years before being destroyed. However, after it became popular and people came from afar to see it, it forever changed the history of Paris and France as a whole. The tower has become a hallmark of France and a popular tourist destination.
24. The Eiffel Tower was once considered ugly
The famous writer Guy de Maupassant dined daily at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, as it was the only place in the city where he could not see her because he considered her too disgusting for his eyes. But today, it is one of the most stunning sights in France and worldwide.
25. When the Eiffel Tower needs to be repainted, it's done by hand.
Every time a building needs to be painted, 60 tons of paint is applied by hand. Since its construction, the tower has been repainted 19 times, an average of every seven years.
26. The tradition of "locks of love" did not originate in Paris
Due to a failed romance between two young lovers, Nada and Rel, the custom of locking padlocks was born in a tiny Serbian village.
Young women in the city decided to start locking padlocks with their names and the names of their lovers on the "bridge of love" and then throwing the keys into the river as a sign of a lifelong commitment without treason because the relationship failed due to the infidelity of Rel, whose affair broke the heart, Nada.
Later, as a gesture of affection, everyone in the city and Serbia began padlocking, and the practice quickly spread throughout Europe.
27. Paris is the fashion capital of the world
It's undeniable that Parisian and French designers usually set the tone for fashion with world-class luxury fashion labels such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Balmain, Dior, L'Oreal, and more. French style has influenced the world, from haute couture to jewelry and handbag manufacturers.
28. Paris has the most beautiful avenue in the world
Avenue Champs Elysees is considered the most beautiful avenue in the world, although this statement is unofficial. This two-kilometer stretch of pavement between the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe is lined with trees on both sides and is home to some of the most upscale shopping, nightlife, flagship stores, and museums in the world.
29. Notre Dame Cathedral has become the most visited attraction in Paris
As of 2019, the Eiffel Tower was visited by about 7 million people, and Notre Dame Cathedral by about 13 million.
30. The oldest permanent bridge in Paris is called Pont Neuf (Pont Neuf)
When the Pont Neuf was built, it was nicknamed the "New Bridge." The “New Bridge” eventually ceased to be the most unique because all the “old bridges” collapsed, and new ones had to be built, but it was impossible to change their purpose.
Even though the name reads "New," it is currently the oldest bridge in Paris.
31. Paris metro is the second busiest in Europe
With 5.23 million passengers daily, the Paris Metro is the second busiest metro system in Europe, just after the Moscow Metro.
32. Many tourists experience "Paris Syndrome."
Some visitors have a "Paris Syndrome" that frustrates them when visiting the city. The fact is that there, you can encounter things that could be more plausible, such as crime, dirty streets, and unfriendly locals. And all because, for a long time, Paris is usually depicted as entirely different - romantic and beautiful.
33. Paris is home to the most famous cabaret in the world.
Burlesque and cabaret clubs in Paris have a long history. Many of them are still in operation, and there is also the Moulin Rouge in Paris, the most famous cabaret in the whole world. The oldest nightclub, Paradis Latin, founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is also in Paris.
34. The very first Bloody Mary was made in Paris.
A young bartender named Fernand "Pete" Petiot invented the "Bloody Mary" at New York's Harry's in Paris in 1921. However, there are many urban legends surrounding who created the "Bloody Mary" because many would like to attribute this merit.
35. The main bell of Notre Dame Cathedral bears the name of Emmanuel
Bourdon Emmanuel, cast in 1686, is Notre Dame's largest, oldest, and most famous bell. When Emmanuel sounded during the liberation of Paris in 1944, it was named a National Historic Landmark, and campanologists (specialists involved in the scientific and musical study of bells) consider it one of the best bells in Europe.
36. From the base to the top of the Eiffel Tower, 1665 steps
The climb from the foot of the Eiffel Tower to its top is 1665 steps. The stairs from the second to the third floor are not accessible to the general public. So you wouldn't have to go through all of them.
To go up from the second floor, you need to use the Duolift elevators waiting for visitors on the upper platform of the second floor. By the way, to walk up one foot, you will need it in 10 minutes).
However, real athletes can climb the stairs from the ground to the top in less than 10 minutes! The Tower regularly hosts a "Vertical Race" race in which dozens of athletes from all over the world compete to climb the 1,665 steps to the top as quickly as possible.
The men's record belongs to Pole Piotr Lobodzinski, who climbed up in less than 8 minutes, and the women's record belongs to Australian Susie Walsham - less than 10 minutes!
37. Rue Des Degrés - the shortest street in Paris, its length is only 5.75 meters
It has a staircase leading to Rue Beauregard, just a few meters from the Porte Saint-Denis from Rue Clery. The shortest street in Paris, rue Degre, is only 5.75 meters long and 3.30 meters wide.
38. Disneyland is the second most visited attraction in Paris
Instead of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Arc de Triomphe, Disneyland is the second most visited place in Paris after Notre Dame Cathedral! Eleven million people visit the theme park in Paris every year. The most popular Disney characters, rides, events, and restaurants can be found at Disneyland Paris, which opened its doors in 1992.
39. It took 30 years to build the Arc de Triomphe
In 1806, Napoleon ordered the construction of the famous arch in honor of the Grand Army. After 30 years, in 1836, it was finally completed. If you have ever been to the Arc de Triomphe, you know it was worth the wait.
40. Paris is one of the most expensive cities to live in the world.
Anyone who wants to move to Paris should keep this in mind. Living in Paris is expensive, especially in the city center. Paris is consistently ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, along with centers such as New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
It is estimated that you will need a monthly salary of 1,500 euros to meet your basic needs. A one-bedroom apartment in Paris can cost between 1,000 and 3,000 euros per month, with costs per person reaching up to 1,000 euros, excluding rent.
41. There are 20 districts in the city
Paris is divided into 20 different arrondissements or "districts" as commonly known.
42. Becoming a taxi driver in Paris costs an average of 160,000 euros
There are two ways to get a driver's license in Paris. In a government agency, it's free. However, no one follows this path due to the long waiting period of more than 14 years.
The second option is to purchase a license from a taxi driver who has retired or stopped working for other reasons. That's where this incredible amount is now coming from. There is no predetermined selling price; instead, determine its value using current open market prices. In addition, the market price ranges from 160 to 200 thousand euros.
43. The city has the largest wholesale food market in the world.
This gourmet metropolis hosts the world's largest food market. Over two square kilometers of fresh produce is available at Rungis International Market.
Every day, 20,000 people buy fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese, and fish at the market. Usually, open only to companies, the market welcomes buyers on the second Friday of the month.
44. There are no stop signs on the roads of Paris.
Paris is now free of "STOP" signs (the city removed them in 2016). They have been replaced with traffic lights because too many of them exist!
45. The Eiffel Tower is the most valuable attraction in Europe
It is estimated at 435 billion euros.
Hotjar vs Google Analytics: A comprehensive comparison
Nowadays, the market is loaded with tons of analytics tools that claim to provide maximum and accurate analytics. Therefore, often it becomes difficult for business owners, marketers, and analysts to choose the right one for their business.
Analytics is very important to track and measure as it can help businesses to know how their strategies are performing. They can know how far or how close they are to achieving their goals. Here, in this blog, we will give you a comprehensive analysis of the two most popular analytics tools, Hotjar vs Google Analytics.
We are sure that by the end of this blog, you will be able to choose the right analytics tool that suits your business needs.
What is Google Analytics?
Google Analytics for website is a website analytics tool developed by Google that helps to collect and analyze website traffic data. You can evaluate the customers’ interactions with your website. It can help businesses know their top traffic sources and the success of their marketing & ad campaigns.
Google Analytics tools can help you track some of the most important metrics for a business. A Google Analytics report includes metrics like total sessions, unique users, average session duration, page views, bounce rate, etc.
Google Analytics Integration
Google web analytics features can help you to collect, analyze, monitor, visualize, and report data. You can add Google Analytics to your website by following the steps given below.
- Step 1: Sign up for the Google Analytics account. You’ll get an Analytics Property ID.
- Step 2: Next, open a new Google Sites and click on Settings.
- Step 3: In Settings, go to Analytics. Enter the Analytics Property ID.(After 24 hours, Google Analytics will start showing your data)
- Step 4: Open Google Analytics and you will start seeing your data.
How does Google Analytics work?
Google site analytics creates customizable reports from this data with metrics like the total number of visitors, average session durations, page views, bounce rates, etc. The page tag works like a web bug or beacon to collect user data. Since the system relies on cookies, it can’t gather the data of users who have not accepted or disabled them.
Google Analytics: Pros & Cons
Google Analytics features make it a good choice as an analytics tool. However, there are many benefits and drawbacks of using Google Analytics free that we have given below:
- Google Analytics sign up is free. The tool is easy to integrate and user-friendly. Analyzing Google page insights is also easy for anyone.
- Google Analytics website traffic reports are customizable. It captures a wide range of important metrics.
- This platform has many other essential tools like data visualization, monitoring, predictive analysis, etc.
Google Analytics heatmap has some limitations that affect its data accuracy. We have mentioned some of its shortcomings below:
- The data can’t be accurate as some users block Google Analytics cookies, add browser extensions, and filtering programs that enhance privacy.
- Usually, the reports are generated from 500,000 random sessions to reduce the server load. Also, the margins of error are only given for the number of visitors in these reports. However, small segments of data may have very large margins of errors.
Google Analytics pricing
Google Analytics basic version is free and offers basic features of the product. For more advanced features you need to upgrade to the paid version. The paid version of Google Analytics costs $12,500 per month or $150,000 per year.
Google Analytics Alternatives
Google Analytics doesn’t track all the user events automatically. You have to set events in the GA settings. It helps you know what’s happening on your website but not why it’s happening. It lacks qualitative analytics features.
Nonetheless, there are many Google Analytics alternatives that you can use for qualitative data analysis. We have mentioned some of the other analytics tools below:
- WebMaxy Analyzer
What is Hotjar used for?
Hotjar and Google Analytics are different in the context of the data they track. Hotjar analytics tell you about how the visitors interact with your website. You can know if your users are encountering any problems or issues in their website journey.
Hotjar analytics comes with various features that can help you gather and analyze qualitative website data. We have mentioned some of the major features of the hot jar below:
- Session recordings: Hotjar tracking enables you to record your site visitors’ sessions. You can watch their website activity and know how they engage with your website.
- Hotjar heatmap: This feature can help you track your users’ clicks, taps, and scrolls on your website. You can see which website elements and CTAs they are clicking.
- Surveys: You can conduct surveys on your website to know your users’ opinions and viewpoints.
- Feedback widget: From the Hotjar feedback widget installed on your page, you can get direct feedback from your site visitors.
Hotjar integration with Google Analytics can help you to gather both quantitative and qualitative website data. You can track your web metrics and analyze them with your user behavior data.
- Step 1: Check if your website platform is compatible with Hotjar.
- Step 2: Go to your Sites page in Hotjar. Click on the Install tracking code for the website you want to track.
- Step 3: Copy the tracking code and paste the code into the backend of your website between the tag.
- Step 4: Go back to your Sites page in Hotjar and verify the installation.
Hotjar Analytics offers a forever-free basic plan with limited features (up to 35 daily session recordings & unlimited heatmaps). Their paid plan Plus starts from $32/month and it includes 100 daily sessions, data segmentation, and events API. The Hotjar Business Plan costs $80/month.
Google Analytics vs Hotjar
Hotjar vs Google Analytics is a trending topic. But the truth is none of them can replace the other. You don’t need to pick and choose any one of them. However, you can use both of them together to conduct in-depth data analysis. Now, we will tell you the key differences between Hotjar vs Google Analytics.
Google Analytics is a quantitative analytics tool whereas Hotjar is a qualitative analytics tool.
GA reports can provide you with information about who your users are and from where they are coming. You can track and measure web metrics like traffic source, location, devices used, page views, bounce rate, etc.
Hotjar analytics has features like session recordings, heatmaps, surveys, and feedback widgets. From session recordings, you can see how your visitors behave with your website. With heatmaps, you can track their clicks and scrolls. Hotjar analytics can help you to understand your users’ behavioral patterns and trends.
By combining the quantitative data from GA and qualitative data from Hotjar analytics you can get detailed website information.
Google Analytics offers a free plan whereas Hotjar has a paid plan
Google Analytics free version offers a lot of features like real-time data, custom reporting options, advanced segmentation, flow visualization, conversion reporting, etc. Most businesses can use the free version for gathering qualitative data about their website.
Hotjar analytics isn’t completely free and offers very limited features in the free version. After the 15-day free trial is over you need to upgrade to the paid plan. Hotjar free version just includes 35 daily sessions, a website heatmap, and automatic data capture.
However, there is another user behavior analytics tool, WebMaxy Analyzer which offers more features than Hotjar at an affordable price. It includes session replays, heatmaps, surveys & polls, feedback widgets, funnel view, form analytics, push notifications, segmentation, and many advanced integrations.
WebMaxy Analyzer is an analytics tool that comes with maximum features than any other analytics tool. WebMaxy Analyzer can help you in getting answers to your various questions like:
- What visitors are doing on your website?
- Which elements of your website interest them the most?
- How much in-depth do they go on your web pages?
- What do they think about your brand?
- How do they go through the different stages of the customer journey?
- How do prospects interact with your website forms?
- From which page do they exit your website?
Now, we will tell you about the different features of WebMaxy Analyzer and how you can utilize them.
Session recordings can help you watch your website visitors’ sessions. You can know what exactly visitors are doing on your website. You can see where they take a pause and pay the most attention and at which point they leave your website. This way you’ll be able to see your website from the visitor’s perspective.
From click maps, you can know which website elements and CTAs people are tapping or clicking. You can identify any unclickable components that your website visitors might be clicking by mistake. This information can help you to improve your website UI & UX. The scroll maps can show you much people are scrolling down on your web pages. You can use this information to place your important content and CTAs accordingly.
Surveys & Polls
You can conduct surveys & polls to get direct and accurate customer insights. You can know from your customers what they need, want, and expect from your brand. You can analyze the survey data with graphical representations and share data-driven insights with your teams.
By adding a feedback widget, you can give your visitors and customers the opportunity to share their opinions, viewpoints, and suggestions with you. You can customize the feedback widget in WebMaxy Analyzer as per your brand requirement.
You can create funnels and analyze your customer’s journey on your website. You can see the conversion and drop-off rate throughout the different steps. This way you can know from where the maximum prospects leave your website.
You can analyze how your website forms are performing with WebMaxy Analyzer. You can see how the visitors interact with forms, which fields they fill in, and which they ignore. This information can help you to create better website forms.
From the user insights feature, you can get complete information about your website visitors. You can get details like their last seen, session duration, geographical location, the device used, device type, browser, OS version, etc.
Notify your website visitors and persuade them to continue their customer journey. With WebMaxy Analyzer, you can send off-site notifications to your website visitors. This is the best way to get your lost visitors back to your business.
WebMaxy Analyzer can also be integrated with many other tools like Wix, Drupal, Google Tag Manager, Shopify, Magento, and so on.
WebMaxy Analyzer Pricing
WebMaxy Analyzer offers a forever-free basic plan with features like session recording, heatmaps, funnel view, form analytics, and surveys & polls. They offer three paid plans that come with advanced features.
- Plus plan: $ 24/month.
- Business plan: $60/month.
- Scale plan: Contact their sales team.
Wrapping it up
Hotjar vs Google Analytics is quite a debate but both of them are among the best analytics tool. With Google Analytics you can track website metrics whereas with Hotjar analytics you can analyze your website visitors’ behavior. You can use both Google Analytics and Hotjar together to conduct in-depth data analysis.
However, there is a hotjar alternative, WebMaxy Analyzer that offers more features at an affordable price. You can use this user behavior analytics tool to know and understand your prospective customers better. It comes with features like session replay, heatmaps, surveys & feedback, funnel view, form analytics, push notifications, and many advanced integrations. To learn more about WebMaxy Analyzer, connect with our experts on call or email us at email@example.com.
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Hotjar vs google analytics FAQs
How is Hotjar different from Google Analytics?
Hotjar vs Google Analytics, Hotjar is a user behavior analytics tool whereas Google Analytics is a web analytics tool. With GA you can gather quantitative website data and with Hotjar you can collect qualitative data. Google Analytics can help you to track metrics like website traffic, page views, bounce & conversion rate, etc. Hotjar can help you to capture visitors’ data through session recordings, heatmaps, surveys, and feedback.
Can Hotjar replace Google Analytics?
No, Hotjar can’t replace Google Analytics. Hotjar can help you collect data related to your website visitors. You can know how they behave with your website. Their clicks and scroll patterns on your website. Whereas Google Analytics can provide you with information like website traffic, page views, drop-off, bounce, and conversion rate.
What is Hotjar good for?
Hotjar is good for tracking and analyzing your website visitors’ behavior patterns and trends. You can know how they view your website and how they navigate through it. It comes with features like user session recordings, heat maps, surveys, and feedback. You can use Hotjar to gather and analyze qualitative data.
What is the downside of Hotjar?
Hotjar can affect your website performance and slow it down by a few seconds. Also, the hotjar pricing is quite high compared to other behavior analytics tools. WebMaxy Analyzer is a good hotjar alternative that you can use to track and analyze customers’ behavior. It has features like session replay, click & scroll maps, funnel view, form analytics, surveys & polls, feedback, user insights, push notifications, and many advanced integrations.
Can you use Hotjar for free?
Yes, you can use Hotjar for free but in the basic version, you get limited features like 35 daily sessions, unlimited heatmaps, and automatic data capture. The paid plan Plus with more advanced features costs $32/month.
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Nowadays, Node.js has become an extremely popular choice for server-side web applications development. With its event-driven architecture and non-blocking I/O, it helps you build high-performance and scalable web apps efficiently. Moreover, development with Node.js comes with vast options among professional developers.
Among them two popular options are mostly used – NestJS & Express. Both are Node.js frameworks extensively used by the best web development companies to build scalable and robust web applications that meet all your user needs. Let’s deeply dive into the key differences between NestJS & ExpressJS. Let’s get started.
- Definition of NestJS
- Key Features of NestJS
- Key Advantages of The NestJS Framework
- Definition of ExpressJS
- Key Features of ExpressJS
- Key Advantages of ExpressJS
- NestJS vs Express: Key Comparisons
- What to Choose: Express JS vs. NestJS
- Final Words
Definition of NestJS
1. Controllers: When HTTP requests are received, the routing mechanism quickly directs the request to the controller. Then the controller components manage the requests & return the proper responses.
2. Modules: Modules are reusable code chunks that come with separate functionalities. The whole source code is structured and organized into modules. It’s recommended to utilize multiple modules to efficiently organize your applications.
3. Providers: Providers are the fundamental components of NestJS that you may treat as repositories, factories, services, helpers, etc. You can easily inject them into controllers or other providers as they are developed to abstract logic and complexity.
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Key Features of NestJS
Some of the key features of this framework include:
1. Built-in features: The NestJS framework is known for its several built-in features such as decorators, modules, dependency injection, etc. All these features & functionalities enable developers to structure their applications in a proper way to follow best practices.
3. Modular architecture: NestJS enables a modular approach to web application development. Developers can easily make reusable modules for encapsulating particular functionalities that make it easy to scale and manage applications.
4. Dependency injection: The NestJS framework mostly relies on dependency injection that allows for improved code organization & testability. It efficiently promotes the applications of services that are mocked for unit testing easily.
5. Opinionated project structure: NestJS offers an opinionated project structure & enforces design patterns that can be beneficial for teams who work on bigger projects. This approach allows to maintain readability and consistency in codebases.
6. Swagger Integration: The NestJS framework includes built-in support to generate API documentation by using Swagger which makes it simpler to document & share APIs with others.
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Other Features of NestJS include:
- NestJS effectively combines the FRP, FP, and OOPs elements.
- It supports different databases like Apache Cassandra, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Redis, etc.
- As the platform is agnostic, NestJS uses ExpressJS by default. However, you have to set it up to perform with HTTP frameworks.
- NestJS offers a range of functionalities, libraries, and APIs and helps developers create applications with a few code lines.
- NestJS was designed to build Microservices and Monoliths.
- NestJS consists of a Dependency Injection container that keeps your code organized, clean, and ready to use.
- You can integrate with multiple technologies like TypeORM, Mongoose, and GraphQL & concepts like Validation, Logging, Caching, Web Sockets, etc.
Key Advantages of The NestJS Framework
- Well-maintained & detailed documentation
- Quick unit-testing
- Active code development
- Open source framework
- Easy to use and scale
- Powerful Command Line Interface (CLI)
Definition of ExpressJS
Key Features of ExpressJS
Some of the key features of the ExpressJS framework include:
1. Minimalistic & Lightweight: ExpressJS offers a set of unique features that help developers have full control over the architecture of the application. It’s an excellent choice for Web Application Development Company who would like to start from scratch & develop any application step by step.
2. Middleware-based: The ExpressJS framework is developed around the middleware concept that can effectively handle responses & requests. This architecture helps developers add different functionalities to their applications by chaining the middleware functions. This flexibility makes ExpressJS popular.
3. Large Ecosystem: The ExpressJS framework has a large ecosystem of middleware extensions and packages. This makes it easier to add new features like routing, and authentication to the application.
4. Manual Configuration: ExpressJS enables developers to configure different aspects of any application manually such as error handling, routing, dependency injection, etc. While this offers a good level of customization, it may lead to boilerplate codes.
6. Unopinionated Structure: The ExpressJS framework never enforces any specific design patterns or project structure. Though this flexibility is an advantage, it may lead to some inconsistencies in codebases in large-scale projects.
Key Advantages of ExpressJS
- Saves a huge coding time
- Easy to learn
- Easy to configure & customize
- Quick integration with other engines
- Single language for front-end & back-end.
- Supportive and strong online community.
NestJS vs Express: Key Comparisons
Though NestJS and ExpressJS both are Node.js frameworks, In terms of features & functionalities, they have multiple differences. Here is a table that describes the key comparisons of these frameworks:
Features - NestJS - ExpressJS
Architecture - Follows the structured & modular MVC architecture - Minimal & un-opinionated architecture
Dependency Injection - Powerful dependency injection - No built-in support for dependency injection
TypeScript Support - Built with TypeScript support - Supports TypeScript but never enforce to use
Middleware support - Allow middleware support to handle response or request processing. - Middleware is used for custom logic
Database integration - Offers built-in ORM & allows quick integration with databases - Offers no built-in databases but it allows to integrate
Validation - Provides built-in validation through class validators - Developers can implement validation logic
Scalability - Best for large and small-scale applications - Provides flexibility for multiple applications (Manual configuration required)
Authentication - Offers built-in authorization and authentication No built-in authentication but it can integrated through third-party libraries
Error Handling - Offers centralized error handling and built-in exception filters - Developers manually manage errors using middleware
What to Choose: Express JS vs. NestJS
ExpressJS & NestJS frameworks are powerful and offer a set of unique features. Choosing the right framework for your project mostly depends on your team’s preferences and project requirements such as:
1. Project Complexity & Size: For small-scale projects & prototypes, the minimalistic approach of ExpressJS can be a straightforward & sufficient choice. However, to build web applications, the structured & modular architecture of NestJS helps to maintain scalability and code quality.
3. Ecosystem & Community: Both NestJS & Express frameworks have active and large communities. However, Express has an extensive third-party middleware ecosystem. If you need a particular library or middleware, check if it is ideal for your selected framework.
4. Learning Resources & Documentation: You should consider the availability of learning resources and documentation for the NestJS & Express frameworks. As Express is an old framework, it has a number of tutorials & available resources. However, as NestJS has a good community, it also has extensive documentation.
5. Time-to-Market: If you have a tight deadline & want to get a basic server up & running quickly, the minimal configuration and simplicity of ExpressJS will help you meet all your requirements.
6. Long-term Maintainability: If you need long-term maintainability, TypeScript support and the opinionated structure of the NestJS framework can be beneficial for you.
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In terms of performance and scalability, both frameworks are powerful. They have their own strengths & are extremely ideal for several use cases. The Express framework provides flexibility & simplicity that makes it an excellent choice for small & mid scale projects.
On the other hand, NestJS offers an opinionated and structured approach that is advantageous for enterprise-level projects where scalability & maintainability are important. The choice between NestJS & Express mostly aligns with your specific project goals and requirements. Both will give a set of features and advantages that make your web app development process streamlined.
Is NestJS faster than Express?
As a full-featured framework, NestJS offers structured architectural patterns and additional features. It utilizes TypeScript & offers different features like built-in WebSockets and GraphQL support, module-based organization, dependency injection, etc. Whereas Express is a minimalist framework, offering unopinionated and straightforward ways to develop web apps. The speed of NestJS & Express mostly depends on particular use cases.
Is NestJS better than Express?
If you are going to develop a complex and large-scale application with advanced business logic, the NestJS framework will be your perfect choice. This is also ideal for projects that need a general runtime environment. On the other hand, if you have requirements for small or mid-scale web applications, ExpressJS can be the best option.