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Learning Exercise

Material: - Free Web Statistics
Submitted by: Ralph Westfall on Jul 18, 2000
Date Last Modified: Jul 19, 2000
Title: Add Free Visitor Traffic Analysis to Your Website
Description: This assignment describes how to add a free service that collects and analyzes data on visitor traffic to a web site. This information can be helpful to anyone who is trying to attract more visitors, and it is especially useful for electronic commerce web sites.
Type of Task: Individual, Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Team, Unsupervised
Time Required 30-45 minutes
Topics: web site development, electronic commerce
Course: electronic commerce, web site development
Audience: College Upper Div Major
Prerequisites Skills: Web browser, some knowledge of web page authoring using HTML and a text editor and/or authoring tools, using an FTP program
Learning Objectives: Learn how to add some previously coded JavaScript to a web page
Technical Notes: Student or team needs to have an account and web pages on a school web server or at an external ISP
Text of Learning Exercise:

  1. Go to the website and click on the Sign up Now link on the left side of the screen. On the screen that comes up, click on the link in the center that says CLICK HERE to sign up for WebSTAT.COM's FREE Service.
  2. On the next screen that comes up, fill in your name, address, website URL, etc. and click the I Agree button at the bottom of the page.
  3. Get your account number from the next screen that comes up. Be sure to store this information in a safe place.
  4. Use your mouse to highlight the JavaScript code in the box on the screen, then copy it using Ctrl-C or Edit>Copy on the browser menu.
  5. Use a program such as Notepad, or a web page authoring tool, to open the HTML file for the web page in which you will place the code for the counter for the web statistics. Paste the code into the location in the file where you want the logo for to appear. (Note: paste this code into every page on your web site for which you want statistics.)
  6. Use an FTP program to upload your HTML file(s) to the web server you are using.
  7. Use a web browser to view the location of the logo. (Go back into your HTML file and move the JavaScript code if you don't like the position of the logo.)
  8. When you want to view your statistics, go to the site and enter your account number and password on the left side of the screen. Then choose the reports you want to see on the screen that comes up.
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