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Session Tracking, How do you track multi sessions from the same user
jezzer300

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 12468 posted 8:20 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am very pleased with my session tracking which filters out robots quite well and deals with cookie/non-cookie users.

While my site isn't busy I can clearly see the same user come back several times with a different session ID, beacuse they're browser doesn't accept cookies.

Has anyone found a fairly reliable way to tie these visits together and say - yes it's the same person/session.

It would be easy on a quiet system to tie up the same IP address, agent, browser details etc. But when it gets more busy it could be someone else.

I know it's a non-cookie user and could reflect that in my stats, which is maybe the best option...

Any soloutions here?

 

coopster

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Msg#: 12468 posted 8:26 pm on Apr 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

If the session id is changing, then you have a new session -- period. HTTP is stateless meaning there is a disconnect on every request. If the user decides to shut down there browser in the meantime or close your site page and open a new page, there isn't much you are going to be able to do.

hakre

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 12468 posted 3:40 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

as coopster wrote, there is not much to do left. but some:

  • track ip addresses
  • feed each user agent with it's own urls (kind of session cookie failover by adding session ids to each url)
  • use flashplugin and tie session to userdata

    but beware of the limitations you can imagine. http is stateless and cookie based sessions are only a little work-around for that. so each request is a "new" request.

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