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smallest tracking code

which software/service offers the smallest

     
8:17 am on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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any thoughts on which tracking software offers the smallest (in terms of lines / Kb) tracking code for you to put in your webpage

any favorites here among board members. trying to identify a simple one that's light but which offers good tracking, especially in detailing search engine referrals

2:13 pm on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sandor,

The 'smallest' tracking code is none - and relying upon your server's logs to capture complete information.

For Apache, thats combined log format; for IIS, you pick the fields you need or just click all of themh; for other servers, you'll have to check the manual.

The server's won't capture client information other than the client's browser name. If you want screen width and other extra information, you'll have to resort to javascript and tracking images or tracking script calls.

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yeah larryn, i run webtrends on my logs ... but it's labour intensive. i have to run a report etc. looking for options where i can just login to an account and see what's going on in realtime.
8:49 pm on Apr 24, 2005 (gmt 0)

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sandor,

Sounds like you are looking for an on-line counter type service - perhaps someone here can suggest something along those lines to you.

Good Luck,

Larry

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Sandor,

Not sure why you are wanting "smallest code" - but if it is to keep the page code content heavy, then take the tracking script and put it into its own .js file. The one we use does this by default, but with a little thought you could cut the code more (not least by deleting comment tags).

using a .js script means that it takes fractionally longer to load on the first page but then (someone will tell me if I am wrong) it stays resident in memery clientside so is quick thereafter.

6:07 pm on Apr 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Try using Nettracker, I think it is *way* better than WebTrends.
4:41 am on Apr 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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thanks all for the great feedback
 

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