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WebTrends Tracks Usage Well




WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server

WebTrends Corporation $2,999

http://www.webtrends.com

In a Nutshell


Rating:5 Penguins

Pros:


  • Excellent standard reports
  • Generates custom reports easily
  • Browser-based access
  • Cross-platform server
  • Easy setup and usage


Cons:


  • Limited to Red Hat-based distributions at this time








Reviews (WebTrends)
Reporting For Duty: WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server generates reports in HTML format and can export to many other popular formats.

System Requirements

CPU


  • Pentium 133 MHz or greater

System


  • Red Hat Linux 6.x
  • glibc 2.1.1

RAM


  • 64 MB RAM minimum

Hard Drive Space


  • 20 MB disk space

One of the toughest tasks for online businesses is monitoring traffic patterns and site usage. Without a good picture of how users are accessing pages and navigating your site, it can be tough to get a firm handle on how your site is used.

The WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server isn’t your run-of-the-mill log file analyzer. Instead, it is a server side package designed to generate custom and stock reports both on the fly and on a schedule, thus simplifying the task of monitoring the corporate Web site.

The WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server is based on the standalone WebTrends product, which runs on Linux, Solaris, and Windows NT/2000 servers.

High traffic sites, ISPs, and site-hosting companies should find its features and functionality especially appealing. Small companies or individuals performing traffic analysis will find that the standard version of WebTrends more than fits the bill. However, if you wish to give users easy access to prebuilt reports, you’ll need to look at WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server.

Installation and Setup

Setting up WebTrends on a Red Hat Linux 6.2 server was a piece of cake. We started with a download of the 10 MB 14-day evaluation version (available at this URL) in RPM format. Compressed and gzipped forms, as well as Solaris and Windows versions, are also available from the same site.

After installing the package on our test server, we checked the glibc version and other requirements, installed the RPM, ran the configure script, and accepted most of the default settings. In no time at all, we had the system up and running smoothly.

Monitoring Your Site

Once WebTrends is up and running, all setup and administration tasks are performed through a Web browser. In fact, all user access to the server is accomplished through a Web browser. WebTrends uses the system password database, so there is no need to create a special set of usernames or maintain a separate set of passwords. This is a definite plus.

The reports available under WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server are very similar to those available in the normal version of WebTrends. Reports can be generated on a schedule or created on the fly, depending on the information needs of the user.

The number of included report types was impressive. General site statistics, page views over time, top pages on the site, advertising info, and many other reports are available out of the box. Custom reports can be easily generated through the Web interface as well.

If your business needs to get a better idea of exactly what your Web site is doing and where it needs work, WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server is a real blessing. With multiple user access to reports, easy integration of existing security procedures, and the ability to export data into standard formats for in-depth analysis, WebTrends Enterprise Reporting Server is a tool that every serious enterprise Web admin should have in his or her toolkit.

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