With the release of picu version 1.10.0, we introduced a way to collect anonymous usage data, to help us understand the real world usage of picu.

Here’s everything there is to know about this new feature. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Why do we want to collect your usage data?

We are constantly working to improve picu for you, our users. And even though we regularly get great feedback directly, this is only by a very small fraction of our user base.

By collecting information about how picu is used in the real world, you will give us valuable insights in order to make informed decisions about the future development of picu.

An example: From the feedback we get, we know that people are using picu in very different ways. Some of you upload a dozen, others hundreds or even thousands of images into a collection. Some use it to send all collections to a single contact, others need a way to work with many different recipients/clients at once. We would love to know more about that spread.

The best way to make sure that picu will be developed in a direction, that fits your workflow, is to gather realistic usage information about the actual workflows in use.

What data are we collecting?

All data that we collect is completely anonymous and nothing can be traced back to you or your clients.

🚫 The data does not contain any email addresses, messages, comments or actual images!

When picu sends your usage data to our server, your site is registered on our server with an anonymous ID. No IP address, domain name or other personal information is ever saved when the data is transferred to us.

We are collecting:

  • basic system information, like your PHP and WordPress versions
  • Active theme and plugins and their versions
  • picu settings
  • picu Pro settings (if active)
  • collection metadata, eg. number of images, number of selected images, time to approval

The following is an example for a full collection data set:

    "version": "1.10.0",
    "server": "Apache/2.4.54 (Unix) mod_fastcgi/mod_fastcgi-SNAP-0910052141 OpenSSL/1.0.2u mod_wsgi/3.5 Python/2.7.18",
    "php_version": "8.1.13",
    "wordpress_version": "6.3.1",
    "plugin_num": 3,
    "plugins": [
        "name": "My picu",
        "version": ""
        "name": "picu Pro",
        "version": "1.0.1"
        "name": "picu",
        "version": "1.10.0"
    "theme": "Twenty Twenty-Three (1.2)",
    "language": "en-US",
    "options": {
      "theme": "dark",
      "random_slugs": "on",
      "send_html_mails": "on",
      "send_password": "on",
      "from_email": "on",
      "notification_email": "off"
    "collection_status": "approved",
    "password_protected": false,
    "image_num": 50,
    "image_sizes": {
      "max": 586578,
      "min": 233825,
      "median": 314036
    "share_method": "picu-send-email",
    "multi_collection": false,
    "selection_num": 10,
    "time_to_approval": 692892,
    "recipients": 1,
    "picu_pro": {
      "version": "1.0.1"
    "selection_options": {
      "selection_option": true,
      "restriction": "in the range of",
      "from": 2,
      "to": 10
    "mark_comment": {
      "active": "on",
      "comments": 5
    "download": {
      "option": "zip",
      "url": "on"
    "brand_customize": {
      "show_blog_title": "on",
      "font_method": "picu-bc-standard-font",
      "font": "'Proxima Nova', 'proxima-nova', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif",
      "primary_color": "off",
      "file_name_comp": "[number] [filename]",
      "image_size": "thumbsize-medium",
      "redirect_timer": "5",
      "after_approval_message": "on",
      "redirect": "off",
      "email_templates": 3
    "import": {
      "file_handling": "keep"
    "theft_protection": {
      "watermark": "on",
      "watermark_position": "bottom-center",
      "watermark_size": 20,
      "watermark_sizing": "proportional",
      "watermark_by_default": "off",
      "disable_right_click": "off",
      "prevent_hotlinking": "off"

While this data might change slightly in the future (for example if we introduce a new feature or settings), we will make sure that everything adheres to the same strict privacy standards, as explained above.

Also, you can view the actual data that will be sent – and when it is scheduled to be sent, right in your picu installation:

If you have any question about picu telemetry, please let us know.

Still having issues?

In your WordPress Admin go to picu > Settings > Debug Info and send the contents of this page and your questions to support@picu.io.