The snap is back, for now

As per the recommendation of a wise third party I’ve configured Google Analytics to omit from my web log analyses. Since making this change my logs seem to be returning to sane levels again. I’ll keep Snap Previews active for the time being, pending my indifference to this superfluous but very nifty plugin.


Also, note the parenthetical numbers beside my categories. These figures indicate the number of posts per category.

Keep your eyes open for new hacks! I love WordPress!

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About Brian Damage:

Who is Brian really?
I live in Toronto, Canada, and work for an IT firm. That's about as much real-world info I'm comfortable divulging here. What you read on my blog is the real Brian, but, for the sake of freedom of speech, I feel most comfortable leaving a gulf between my cyberspace and meatspace personae.

Who is Brian at work?
My ridiculous job title is "Marketing Specialist" since I wear so many hats at work. I'm a technical writer, a specialist in enterprise search technologies, an electronic forms designer, a newsletter author, system administrator... but I'm in the Marketing department so for the time being I'm stuck with this inauspicious title.

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3 replies on “The snap is back, for now”

Hey, I’m glad the IP-exclusion worked. I see you’re use Google Analytics for your hit tracking. I used it on another site a while ago, but I’m actually in between hit counters right now. Have you experimented with any other hit counters that you like?


Choosing the right log analyzer depends on your access to your web server. If you have access to the raw server logs then the web is your oyster. If not, you’ll have to use a third-party solution such as Google Analytics to collect additional logs that are not quite as detailed.

Analog is an outstanding free, open-source solution that generates some highly attractive HTML reports. At work we use an inexpensive ($80ish, I think) product called Web Log Expert which can publish reports in many web, electronic, and paper-friendly formats.

All three of these programs are excellent and they each have their strengths. I personally use the web log analyzer that comes free with my web host to see trends on individual files and visitors, coupled with Google Analytics which gives great illustrations of trends over time for a plethora of factors.

Thanks for the tip. I reimplemented Google Analytics along with the WordPress Reports plugin for it. I do have access of course to my web host’s log files and stats, but because that I don’t go into the cPanel that often, it’s not as convenient as being able to view stats directly within the WP dashboard.

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