SmarterStats 7.x Help
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Getting Started

SmarterStats is is a Web log analytics tool that cost-effectively delivers accurate and detailed website statistics for sites on Windows and Linux Web servers. Use the Getting Started section of the SmarterStats Online Help as a quick resource to help you set up the application.

Note: This section assumes you have already downloaded and installed SmarterStats from the SmarterTools website.

Setting Up SmarterStats

  1. Getting Started Page - After SmarterStats is installed, a Getting Started webpage will load. This page includes a video walkthrough of the various pieces of SmarterStats, as well as a link to launch the Setup Wizard.
  2. License Setup - The Setup Wizard will ask you for a valid license key to activate the Professional or Enterprise edition of the software. If you choose not to provide a license key, the product will run as the Free edition. For more information, see Activating SmarterStats.
  3. Create System Administrator - The system administrator account will be used to manage your SmarterStats installation. The Setup Wizard will ask you for the username and password for this account. By default, the username is admin but you can change it to any name you like.
  4. Default System Settings - Here you'll provide information SmarterStats uses when processing reports. The Setup Wizard will ask for the directory in which you want to save log file data for reports and the default time zone that should be used for reports. If you need to use a different time zone for each site in SmarterStats, you can do so after completing the Setup Wizard.
  5. Default SMTP Settings - Here you'll provide the default email address SmarterStats will use to send reports. You'll need to know your SMTP server, SMTP server port and the username and password you use to authenticate with the SMTP server (if SMTP authentication is required) to complete this step. If you don't have this information, you can to contact your email provider to get it, or skip this step and configure SMTP at a later time.
  6. When you click Finish in the Setup Wizard, you will be automatically logged into SmarterStats using the system administrator account you created earlier. From here, you'll be able to watch configuration tutorials, add sites and customize your Web analytics and SEO software to meet your unique needs.
  7. If you plan on deploying SmarterStats Enterprise in a distributed environment and will have multiple servers processing logs, you will need to add servers to SmarterStats. For more information, see Manage Servers.
  8. Now that the initial setup of your Web analytics and SEO software is complete, you will need to add a site to SmarterStats. Any websites that you want to import log files from should be added as a site in SmarterStats. This will allow you to review reports about visitor behavior and spider/bot activity. When you add a site in SmarterStats, you will also designate the site administrator (the account responsible for managing the site) and create any users you want to have access to the site. For more information, see Adding a Site.

Recommended Step to Secure Your Installation

  1. Set up SmarterStats as an IIS site, if necessary. For more information, see Running SmarterStats as an IIS Site.