Raw web logs

  1. Pcunix profile image89
    Pcunixposted 5 years ago

    I might have posted this before, but I can't find it if I did, so..

    I wish we could get actual Webserver logs for our hubs.  Because HP doesn't use a hierarchal structure where all of our stuff falls under a specific path, this would be a little more difficult than it is at many other sites, but it could be done.

    This would give us access to data that Analytics doesn't give us and let us quickly answer questions that can be impossible or very time consuming  now,

    1. simeonvisser profile image85
      simeonvisserposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Could you give examples of that?

      I've worked with server logs before but it does seem Analytics exposes quite a bit, like the information in user agent strings and it uses the logged IP address to determine a geographical location.

      1. Pcunix profile image89
        Pcunixposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, Analytics does expose a lot and really it would be so easy for them to give us the raw data, though of course they rightly assume that most of us have that already.

        Raw logs can give you quick answers to curiosity questions that can be difficult or impossible to ferret out of Analytics.  Sometimes you can get what you want if you had only thought to do a little setup ahead of tine, but, oops, you didn't.   

        GA, being JavaScript, also misses some access entirely.  That's usually unimportant, but not always.  See http://www.atomiclabs.com/pion-for-mark … e-tags.php for some stats on that.

        There are often solutions to GA limitations: http://www.seoptimise.com/blog/2009/03/ … urces.html but often these are all overkill because I just gave a simple question the raw logs can answer in half a second.