Choosing the Right Method
If you use our SDKs, there are two general approaches to track events: client-side and server-side. The approach you choose has implications on the quality and comprehensiveness of your data.
We recommend tracking everything you possibly can via your servers, and only supplementing that with client-side tracking when necessary.
Note: If you already track events via a CDP, Tag Manager, or via your DWH using something like Snowplow, you can route those events to Mixpanel with our native integrations. See the Segment (opens in a new tab), Rudderstack (opens in a new tab), or GTM (opens in a new tab) docs for a walkthrough. We can also load data directly from data warehouses like Snowflake and BigQuery.
In this method, you send events from your servers to Mixpanel. For example, when a user loads a web page, a request is made to your web application server. In the code that handles the request, you can create a "Page Loaded" event and send it to Mixpanel. You can use one of our server SDKs (eg: Python) or send events to our HTTP API (opens in a new tab) directly. Please see this article on best practices for server-side tracking.
- Reliable, not susceptible to ad-blockers
- Data is consistent across platforms
- Easier to fix integration mistakes quickly
- Harder to track user interactions that only happen on the client
- Requires some custom code to track anonymous (non-logged in) users across requests
- Easy to track client-side actions and state
- Easy to track anonymous (non-logged in) user data
- Unreliable, due to ad-blockers. You may lose events for 30-50% of your users. You can resolve this by sending events through a proxy, but it requires a bit more effort
- Difficult to keep metrics consistent across web, iOS, and Android since each requires its own tracking
- Difficult to fix integration mistakes quickly (particularly on mobile applications)
- Tracking will diverge over time due to old mobile clients
A proxy is helpful in a client-side web setting to reduce the likelihood of ad-blockers impacting your tracking (opens in a new tab). Please see this article on how to set up a proxy.
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