Within these early programs, log files could easily yield useful data like:
More complex data requires more sophisticated analysis. Modern log analyzers like ClickTracks can also determine:
Much has been said about log files and their disadvantages. To summarize:
They aren't plug and play: Although ClickTracks can take advantage of both session and persistent cookies, the fact remains that these must be present in the log file…and it’s the responsibility of the web site manager to set them. While there’s nothing complicated about doing this, some companies can't gather IT resources needed. In the long term, online businesses should do this themselves, but other factors delay/prevent them.
The JDC runs as a CGIbin program and is written in Perl, with an admin interface in PHP. All the code is open and customizable by the customer. A typical installation runs on an inexpensive co-located Linux server. It’s also possible to install this on a Windows server.
It’s your choice
Our open approach extends to your choice of how to gather the data. We aim to help you make the right choice for your business.
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