SmarterStats 3.x Help
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Site Import Settings

SmarterStats gives you control over how your log files are processed. The Site Import Settings page allows you to configure options to adjust the time zone of your logs or ignore specific rows in the logs.

Note: Some changes to your settings may require a reprocessing of your log files. Keep in mind that this will cause your statistics to become unavailable while reprocessing occurs.

Page 1 - General Import Settings

  • Time Zone - As log files are based off of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), you have the ability to reprocess the log files for your specific time zone. Choose your time zone from the list to have stats reported to you in that time zone.
  • Strip URL items after semicolon - Enable this setting if you site passes session variables in the URL separated with a semicolon
  • 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 the "Query String Items to Ignore" 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 still retain the original logs.

Page 2 - Exclusions and Inclusions

You can use this page to add various 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. There is no limit as to the number of inclusions and exclusions you can add.

Unlike Filter Sets, exclusions and inclusions are processed before logs are analyzed, meaning that SmarterStats acts as if removed rows do not even exist in the logs. Filter sets simply hide the data from specific reports.

  • Inclusion - Inclusions are processed before exclusions are. If a specific log file entry does not meet the requirements of at least one of the inclusions, it is ignored. If there are no inclusions, the it is assumed that all log file entries are allowed, except where ignored by exclusions.
  • Exclusion - Exclusions are processed after inclusions. If a specific log file entry meets the exclusion parameters, it is completely ignored when importing. The most common use of exclusions is to exclude temporary file directories or internal IP addresses.

Page 3 - Reprocess Option

This page may or may not appear, depending on whether information was changed that may require SmarterStats to reprocess the log files.

  • Do not re-process means that the changes you make will take effect from that moment forward, and will not affect any past statistics. It will also not require a reprocessing of your log files, and will not cause your statistics to become unavailable for any length of time.
  • Re-process statistics means that the changes you make will affect all statistics, both past and present, for your domain. This requires a full reprocessing of your logs and will cause your statistics to become unavailable for a period of time.