The top half of options allow you to specify the log files and URLs to analyze when running web site statistics. An explanation of each field follows.
User: This field specifies the name of your "FlashStats user account." Each person who wishes to run a FlashStats report must have a user account. User accounts are defined in the FlashStats configuration file (FlashStats.ini or FlashStats.conf). The user account definition specifies several parameters, the most important of which is the location of the log files to be analyzed. (A FlashStats installation can have several different FlashStats user accounts, each with access to a different set of log files.)
Password: Enter the password for your FlashStats user account. Most user accounts have a password, although it is possible to configure FlashStats not to require a password.
Page to Analyze: Enter the URL of the web page to be analyzed. This URL will be matched against all requests in the log file, and any request that begins with the URL that you specified will be counted in the analysis; requests that do not match the URL will be ignored in the analysis. The default value to enter here is "/", which means to analyze requests for the home page and all subordinate pages as well. However, if you were to enter a value such as "/products/" then requests for "/products/" and "/products/flashstats/" would be analyzed, and requests for "/sales/", "/", or "/products" would be ignored. ("/products" would be ignored because it didn't have the trailing slash that the specified "/products/" did.)
If using the value "/" shows no results, try "http:" instead. This is necessary for some web servers because they log the entire URL requested rather than just the part after the host name.
Match all URLs starting with this text: If this box is checked, then each log file entry will be tested as described above, and any entry that begins with the text specified in "Page to Analyze" will be analyzed. However, if you uncheck the "Match all URLs starting with this text" checkbox, or select the "Match only this URL exactly" box, then only log file entries that exactly match the specified URL will be included in the web traffic results. For example, if you specified Page to Analyze as "/index.htm" and unchecked the "Match all URLs starting with this text" checkbox, then only requests for the home page will be counted; all other hits will be ignored.
Filter out requests from specific IP addresses or domains: Enter a list of specific host names (or IP addresses) of users whose visits should be ignored. This is useful for filtering out visits made by yourself or others within your organization. If your web server does not perform reverse DNS lookup, then you will have to enter IP addresses. You can enter partial strings (such as "1.2.3.") and FlashStats will match against any host name or address containing the specified substring. Multiple values should be separated by commas, with no extra spaces between the values.
Filter out requests for specific file types: You can use this field to enter a list of file types (extensions) which should be ignored. For example, if you want to ignore all requests for graphics files, you can enter something like "gif,jpg". This can be useful when you want to only see hits on HTML pages instead of all hits. Separate multiple values with commas, but with no extra spaces.
DNS lookups: Select this if you are going to run the User Domain Analysis. Enabling reverse DNS lookup will give you more specific information about which domains (if not unresolved IPs) users are coming from. Be advised that this report takes a significant amount of time to generate, and can slow down the overall web traffic statistics report generation and impact your server resources. For this reason, by default neither this, nor the User Domain Analysis report are selected.
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