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Do I have to ask my hosting company for the .log files? How does Analog retrieve the stats once downloaded? And how often should I be running the logs (daily, weekly, monthly)?
If you have to extract the .log files from your site; is it possible to automate the whole process somehow?
Thanks for any tips-
Do I have to ask my hosting company for the .log files?That's probably the best way. There are ways you could possibly run Analog on their server, but I find it works best to have the logs on my machine.
is it possible to automate the whole process somehow?Sure, you can write a batch file and then schedule it to run whenever you want. I believe there are sample batch file examples given in the help files for Analog.
Once you do get the logs from your hosting service you may find they're a confusing jumble of information. I know mine (from PowWeb) are.
Something that might help is a program called "Happy Log". I'm sure a Google search will find it. It runs on Windows machines and organizes the log file you downloaded in various ways for clarity.
It certainly could use improving -- it's a pretty bare-bones program. But it's only around $35 and has a 15-day free trial period. I tried it and ended up buying it.
I have no financial connection to the Happy Log folks. But it's sure been a real time-saver for me in figuring out what's going on at my site from the log files.
The default settings on many web servers hide files beginning with a period... I understand for security reasons. I couldn't find .htaccess at first for this reason. To be able to see these files, on WS_FTP Pro, at least, you need to enter "-la" or "-al" (no quotes) in the View option.
I'm sure there are others out there who can go into more depth than I can about this... but it sounds like that's what you're running into.
If you have a cooperative hosting company, they can also assign a different name to the log file. I've observed that these files can grow incredibly large... and I don't know what needs to be done to refresh them.
I am having troubles downloading the files to their own directory. How can I go about simply taking these files and putting them into a directory on my hard drive? Do I need to change the settings to gain access?