SmarterStats 3.x Help
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Adding Sites to SmarterStats

To add a site to the Web Interface, login as the administrator of the SmarterStats application (if you are not already) and click on "Manage" in the menu. Select "Add Site", and the first page of the add sites wizard will display.

Site Information

  • Site ID - Site IDs uniquely identify a site in SmarterStats. Enter a unique ID for the site, or accept the default value. Site IDs must be integers greater than 0.
  • Server (Enterprise Edition Only) - In a distributed environment, the site may reside on a server other than the web interface. From the drop down list, select which web server the site's original logs are on.
  • Domain Name - Enter the domain name into the domain name textbox (e.g.

Site Admin Information

  • User Name - Enter the username of the Site Admin. The Site Admin is the primary user account responsible for this site
  • Password - Choose a password for the site admin

General Log Settings

  • Log Location - Choose whether the log files are on a local directory or should be obtained through FTP.
  • Log Wildcard - Enter the log file wildcards (i.e. specify the format of the log titles, with dates or other variable information removed: *.log )
  • Log Format - Select the log file format (W3C, NCSA, IIS). If you wish to use auto-detect, please be aware that it only works on local log files, not FTP logs.

Local or UNC Log Files

Note: If you plan to transfer logs using UNC paths, please refer to this KB article.

  • Auto-Import - Using the auto-import function may be useful if you are using IIS and SmarterStats is installed on your web server. In this way, you can immediately import the log file path and default documents.
  • Full Path - Indicate the full path to where the log files reside on the web server. This is usually set during the installation of the web site on the server. Full paths are required (e.g. c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1 for a local path or \\webservername\c$\inetpub\domainname\logs\ for a UNC path).
  • Auto-Deletion - Set the auto deletion for the number of days that the original log files remain on the web server. Please be very careful when setting this value to anything besides Never Delete, and ensure that backups are kept in case of data corruption or drive failure.

FTP Log Files

  • Server - Enter the URL for the FTP server (eg.
  • Port - Enter the port that the FTP server uses (default is 21)
  • User Name - Enter the username of the account to be used for FTP access. If connecting to an unsecured FTP, use Anonymous
  • Password - Enter the password of the FTP account. If connecting to an unsecured FTP, use your email address
  • Directory - Enter the path of the directory where the original logs reside.
  • Interval - Choose how often you want SmarterStats to bring in new log files. Shorter settings may result in higher bandwidth usage.

Time Zone Options

  • Time Zone - Select the time zone that you would like the statistics processed under.

Other Options

  • Url Trimming - If the site contains URL paths that append ";jessionid=" or any semicolon separated variables, check the box that reads "Strip URL items after semicolon".
  • Default Documents - Enter the default documents for the web site. Any hits to pages that match these filenames will be grouped into a root hit instead. For example, if you enter default.aspx and index.htm, both of these pages will register as page hits to "/".

SmarterLog Files (data files)

  • Auto-Deletion - Select the maximum number of months you want the SmarterLog files to be stored. SmarterLog files are in a compressed format, which allows you to store a wider date range of logs versus saving the standard web server log files.
  • SmarterLog Path - Enter the full path of where you would like the SmarterStats log files to resided for this website. This should be a location dedicated to storing the SmarterLog files on a drive with ample free space. Full paths are required (e.g. c:\SmarterLogs or d:\SmarterLogs, as the SmarterLog files do not have to reside on the same drive as the website itself).

Log Export Settings

Note: This section is completely optional. Failure to enter the values in this section will result in the Export Logs option being hidden

  • Export Directory - Enter the location where log files will be exported to. This option refers to where the log files will be placed when the user asks to download the files from the SmarterStats application. A good rule of thumb is to put the logs back into the root of that particular site (e.g. c:\inetpub\wwwroot).
  • Export Url - Enter the URL for the exported log files. This is the absolute link that is set up in order to allow the user to retrieve the log file when the export is completed. Again, the full URL for that site should suffice (e.g.