SmarterStats 6.x Help
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Site Importing

This feature is only available to site administrators.

Site administrators can use this page to control how the website's log files are processed. For example, SmarterStats can be configured to ignore specific query strings variables, directories, or host headers. Note: Some changes to these settings may require a reprocessing of your log files. Keep in mind that statistics are unavailable during reprocessing.

To access this section, click the settings icon. Then expand the Site Settings folder and click Site Importing in the navigation pane. The site importing settings will load in the content pane and the following tabs will be available.

Options

Use this tab to specify the following options:

  • Time Zone - Select your time zone from the list.

Ignore Items

Use this tab to specify items that should be ignored:

  • Query string items to ignore - If you have query string variables in your site that have near random values (page refresh randomizers, session IDs, etc), add the names of the query variables to this text box, separated with commas. If you enable this option, the system will start ignoring the value of those variables when calculating page hits. The hits will still be registered, but without that variable. Please note that this option is a pre-filter, meaning that once you enable it, you cannot get the values of those variables back unless you kept the original logs.
  • Enable removal of URL items after semicolon - Check this box if the website passes session variables in the URL separated with a semicolon.

Import Filtering

Use this tab to add exclusions or inclusions to your stats data. These act as pre-filters and allow a sub-site to be created that ignores specific directories, host headers, or hits from specific IP addresses. Unlike filter sets, exclusions and inclusions are processed before logs are analyzed, meaning that SmarterStats acts as if removed rows do not exist in the logs. (Filter sets simply hide the data from specific reports.)

To create an exclusion or inclusion, click the Add menu in the content pane toolbar and click Import Filter. The following options will be available:

  • Type - To specify the type of item to be included or excluded from log processing, select the appropriate option from the list. Depending on the item selected, you may be asked to provide the specific directory, IP address, path, filename, or host header.
  • Make exclusions permanent (data cannot be recovered) - Check this box to permanently exclude the filtered information. With this option, data cannot be recovered by deleting the exclusion or inclusion and reprocessing the site.

Dynamic Pages

Use this tab to specify dynamic pages that should be processed as separate pages based on the variables passed through the page.

To add a dynamic page to SmarterStats, click the Add menu in the content pane toolbar and click Dynamic Page. The following options will be available:

  • Match Type - To specify how the page information is used to determine which pages are dynamic pages, select the appropriate option from the list.
  • Page - The page information used to determine which pages are dynamic pages. For example, for the page /smarterstats/info.aspx, you would type /smarterstats/info.aspx if the match type was "exact" or info.aspx if the match type was "ends with."
  • Query String Variables - The variables used to determine which pages are dynamic pages. For example, if the variable ProductID has a value of 1, it would be treated as a separate page from a value of 10.