A plugin to log information about your visitors. Logs are stored in files on your server for later exploitation.
There are several ways to track visitors on your blog.
If you have a blog hosted on WordPress.com, you already have everything you need.
If your blog is hosted somewhere else, several solutions are available.
This plugin goes in the last category.
It provides a way to store information about your visitors in files that will be saved on your own server.
The main advantage is that you do not need a(nother) database to track your visitors.
Visit logs can rotate monthly or on a daily basis. This plugin only stores information. Analysis will have to be done in a distinct step, either with a log analyzer, or with reporting tools like JasperSoft, Eclipse BIRT or Pentaho. Notice that these logs can also be read without tools.
Here is a sample of such a log:
visit-time = 1325351804
incoming-page = /galerie/
referrer = http://www.google.fr/search?q=fanny+veyrac&hl=fr&client=ms-android-samsung&gl=fr&source=android-launcher-widget&etc...
ip-address = 82.240.138.xxx
As you can see, up to 4 fields can be stored per visit.
The referrer is kept only when it is available. It indicates the page that led to the incoming page.
The visit time is a timestamp which indicates the visit time (server time).
And the IP address is the one of the visitor. It can be used to determine the country of the visitor.
More generally, this plugin is useful to know the trend in your visits.
It is in particular useful to know the websites that have links towards your blog.
This plugin provides a menu in the administration panel.
It allows to configure:
The 3 tracking strategies are the following ones:
Note that other strategies could be implemented.