Apache Logs

Describes the ways in which the raw statistical logs generated by your website can be delivered to you.



What are Apache Logs?


Get your logs delivered to you


Retrieving past logs


Search the logs

 

 

 

What are Apache Logs

 

Every time someone visits your site, they leave a trail of log files showing where they've been and what they've done. Various statistics packages such as Webalizer do an analysis of these logs to provide you with an easy to understand idea of what is going on. However if you want to perform your own analyses, or look for something specific that wouldn't be mentioned in the general statistics, we give you the option to review the raw log files.

 

 

Get your logs delivered to you

 

You can choose if you want your logs delivered to you nightly via email, or copied nightly to a location in your account. To configure your log delivery:


1) Connect to your account control panel at: http://www.example.com/admin

 

2) Click the Web Stats tab at the top of the page

 

3) Click the Schedule Log Delivery item from the Web Stats submenu on the left side of the page.

 

4) For each domain in your account you will be presented with the following options:


Email the logs to - Enter the email address that you would like the log files to be emailed to. Because ISPs will block email attachments over a certain size, we suggest that if you choose this option, that you use once of the compression methods detailed below. Even with compression, if you have a very popular site, this may not be a viable option. In which case....

 

Copy the logs to this folder - Specify the directory in your account where you would like the log files copied. Please note that if you do not actively archive the logs out of your account, this option will eventually fill up your disk quota.

 

No Compression - If you select this option, your logs will be delivered in plain text format. If your log files are typically fairly large, this option is not recommended.

 

.zip Compression - This will deliver your logs compressed in a .zip file. If you are unsure of which compression method to use, .zip will probably work for you.

 

.gz Compression - An alternative to .zip compression. This does slightly better compression than .zip, but is a slightly more obscure format.

 

5) Click the Schedule Delivery Submit button and your log delivery will begin that night.

 

 

 

Retrieving Past Logs

 

If you need logs from previous dates, we keep an archive of about 45 days in storage. To retrieve these logs:

 

1) Connect to your account control panel at: http://www.example.com/admin

 

2) Click the Web Stats tab at the top of the page

 

3) Click the Retrieve Past Logs item from the Web Stats submenu on the left side of the page.

 

4) This will present you with a page that has the following form items:

 

Domain - If you have more than one domain, choose the domain you want the logs for from the pull down menu.

 

Date Range - Choose the date range of logs that you would like delivered.

 

Email the logs to - Enter the email address that you would like the log files to be emailed to. Because ISPs will block email attachments over a certain size, we suggest that if you choose this option, that you use once of the compression methods detailed below. Even with compression, if you have a very popular site, this may not be a viable option. In which case....

 

Copy the logs to this folder - Specify the directory in your account where you would like the log files copied. Please note that if you do not actively archive the logs out of your account, this option will eventually fill up your disk quota.

 

No Compression - If you select this option, your logs will be delivered in plain text format. If your log files are typically fairly large, this option is not recommended.

 

.zip Compression - This will deliver your logs compressed in a .zip file. If you are unsure of which compression method to use, .zip will probably work for you.

 

.gz Compression - An alternative to .zip compression. This does slightly better compression than .zip, but is a slightly more obscure format.

 

5) Click the Retrieve Logs Submit button and we will deliver the logs to you. 

 

 

 

Search Logs

 

If you would only like to retrieve logs that have a certain IP address, referrer, keyword, etc, you'll want to use our search logs tool. To search your logs:

 

1) Connect to your account control panel at: http://www.example.com/admin

 

2) Click the Web Stats tab at the top of the page

 

3) Click the Search Logs item from the Web Stats submenu on the left side of the page.

 

4) This will bring up the log search interface:


Domain - If you have more than one domain, choose the domain you want the logs for from the pull down menu.

 

Date Range - Choose the date range of logs that you would like delivered.

 

Search String - Enter the search term that you wish to search on (eg: 123.456.789.101). Please not that whatever you enter into the search box will be considered a singer search string. The search will attempt to match exactly what is entered in the search field, and is not case sensitive. For example, entering the search terms "yahoo google" will cause the search script to look for the exact phrase of "yahoo google". It will not search independently on the terms "yahoo" and "google".

 

Email the logs to - Enter the email address that you would like the log files to be emailed to. Because ISPs will block email attachments over a certain size, we suggest that if you choose this option, that you use once of the compression methods detailed below. Even with compression, if you have a very popular site, this may not be a viable option. In which case....
Copy the logs to this folder - Specify the directory in your account where you would like the log files copied. Please note that if you do not actively archive the logs out of your account, this option will eventually fill up your disk quota.

 

No Compression - If you select this option, your logs will be delivered in plain text format. If your log files are typically fairly large, this option is not recommended.

 

.zip Compression - This will deliver your logs compressed in a .zip file. If you are unsure of which compression method to use, .zip will probably work for you.

 

.gz Compression - An alternative to .zip compression. This does slightly better compression than .zip, but is a slightly more obscure format.

 

5) Click the Search Logs Submit button and we will start the search. The results will be delivered within an hour to the specified address or location.

 

 

Please let us know if you need any help!

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