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How to see who is on what page - Live
see visitors in real time
Michael_T




msg:898664
 10:04 pm on Jan 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

How can I see if I have users on a particular page, in real time?

My server runs on Windows IIS and Cold Fusion.

I on;y want to do this when I have to upload a new page full of code, and I don't want to interrupt any visitors.

Thx

Mike

 

dcrombie




msg:898665
 12:18 pm on Feb 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

The quick answer is that you can't. The user only connects to your server at the point the page is requested. They're then working on a 'localised' version of the page with all the CF parsing already done.

You can check your logs to see when the last request for that page was, but that won't tell you when the next request is going to be.

CernyM




msg:898666
 6:03 pm on Feb 1, 2004 (gmt 0)

Some of the services which allow you to text chat with your customers also offer real-time visitor tracking.

LivePerson and LiveHelper both offer this functionality. If you aren't using the chat features though, just signing up for the visitor monitoring capabilities is a bit pricey.

There are a number of others, including one that represents you website as a neighborhood and your users as little graphical people. (I don't recall the name offhand though).

coyote




msg:898667
 1:31 am on Feb 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

Michael, I don't know if this is what you were looking for but try looking at [evilwalrus.com...] (site's not mine) in the php code archives. They have, I think, two php scripts (one flat-file, other requires SQL database) that track/output how many users are on a particular page at any given moment, though it prints this out on the page and anyone who's visiting that page can see.

ReliableSol




msg:898668
 4:34 am on Feb 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

dcrombie's response is correct, as far as real time goes, but some of the tracking software will give you recent visitors.

One that I like is PPHLOGGER. One of its features is to show "Currently Online Users". This feature provides visitor details over the last 30 minutes.

Since PPHLogger, measures time on each page and path through website, as well as exit pages, it is fairly accurate as to if a user is current. However, it would need to be making assumptions about when the exit occurs because people can simply close their browser window, or type another URL, rather then following an offsite link.

Kerry.

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