Analyzer Filters Tutorial
Filters are a powerful tool for analyzing your web server log files. The best way to learn about filtering is to dive right into it. This tutorial will give you example uses of filters that will help you enhanced your web site.
But before we talk about all of the novel uses of filters, you should know how to add, edit, and remove filters from a report. In the Report List Dialog, click Edit Report. Click the Filters tab. Click Add and then begin reading this tutorial.
A filter can either include or exclude data. An include filter is good for analyzing only a certain subset of data (for example, only Internet Explorer 4.x users). An exclude filter, conversely, is useful for excluding a subset of data from the analysis (for example, excluding yourself from the site statistics). If you specify multiple include filters, the data will be included if one of those include filters applies. Similarly, if you specify multiple exclude filters, the data will be excluded if one of those exclude filters applies. You can mix both include and exclude filters.
The following is a list of all filter types and examples of how to use them in your own reports.
Filter by Domain Name
1. Exclude local hits. Use wildcards to specify all IP addresses that may have been used by internal users in testing the web site. This allows you to measure only the visitors to a web site, not internal web site users. For example, to exclude every user from MIT, specify the following wild card: 18.*. If you do not know your local IP addresses, ask your system administrator or ISP.
2. Measure Intranet usage. This essentially the opposite of the Exclude local hits filter. This time, you only want to include local hits. This lets you measure the usage patterns of internal users.
3. Track the users from a specific domain. Find out if your competitors are accessing your web site! Just set FastStats to only include requests from your competitors IP addresses.
Filter by Requested File
1. Zero in on the performance of a specific file or directory. Specify a filter for a file or directory and include or exclude that data from your report. For example, some areas of your site may drown out less popular areas. Include only the less popular areas and analyze them (or exclude the more popular areas and then analyze those).
2. Exclude toolbar buttons from the analysis. Certain files, including toolbar buttons, may be requested disproportionately more than other files and may, again, drown out the other files. You can exclude these files from the analysis.
Filter by Range
Filter by Day of
Filter by Hour of
Filter by Referring URL
1. Track an advertising campaign. Include only referring URLs from the site youre advertising on. This will track which pages on your server (and which pages on their server) users are responding to the advertisement.
2. Track all links from a specific web site. Do you have a partnership with another web site? Just want to see which pages on a specific web site link to your web site? Filter the referring URL by any web site.
Filter by Users
1. Browser specific information. Are Netscape or Internet Explorer users avoiding a particular part of your site because it does not work well with their browsers? Or, if you have a large web site, conduct your own browser market-share test.
2. Text only information. Include only requests from Lynx or other browsers.
Note: many browsers, such as Internet Explorer and Opera, report themselves as Mozilla (Netscape) compatible; it is difficult to include only Netscape users or exclude Internet Explorer users. Search the FastStats help for more information on this topic.
Filter by Web Spider
Tips and Tricks
Having trouble using FastStats's filtering features? This page has some tips and techniques that should help you become a filter power user in no time.
A Short Explanation of Filters
Include or Exclude
What If I Have More Than
One Include or Exclude?