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He says he looks through the web logs but seems to have the idea that cookies are the best way of tracking users. I have always thought that cookies were pretty limited in the info they could bring and were more for the visitor than the webmaster.
So want i need to know is what do i need to track users? should i wait until set up a PHP database and track users through a login process or are there other ways like using cookies etc?
Now you have the required data. You can then write all kinds of cool reports on it.
Just some grammar stuff
Edited by: littleman
As for cookies being turned off... we have seen a VERY low percentage of users of our sites that turn off cookies. We still track these users BTW using a session variable or by passing the userid in the URL.
* Proxies, a number of people use proxies and occasionally they may come from one address to see a page, but the next page they come from a different proxy. Cookies help you confirm its really the same person.
* Repeat visits, you can get the warm glow from seeing someone come back to your site a few days/weeks later.