WebTrends Reporting Center 4.0 - Page 2

 By Alex Goldman
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WebTrends also added the ability to track the time required to serve a Web page in terms of the time between a request for a Web page and the receipt of the client's success code. Other editions of the new release include:

  • Enterprise Edition: Capable of distinguishing between casual and qualified visitors, allows shopping cart analysis, and tracks the success of Web-based advertising campaigns by following the behavior of visitors who are referred to the site by specific banner ads. Includes 100 predefined tables and graphs for marketing analysis and Enterprise Configuration Module (defined below).
  • Service Provider Edition: Includes the Enterprise Configuration Module, a simple but sweet agent that chops up log files and delivers various versions of the data they are allowed to view. Program is designed for Webhosts and other service providers including Internet, managed and application varieties. Also offers an Enterprise Hosting Module capable of creating separate reports for each domain hosted.

"We tried to anticipate the needs of service providers and automate tasks that could be very time-consuming," Campbell said. "In the Linux world especially, some service providers are generating very large log files."

Finally, there are two optional modules that contain special features for data collection of live log analysis and reviewing advanced content server log files. The Data Collection Server (DCS) is the WebTrends Live data collection mechanism sold to customers so that they can collect live data themselves. It requires Java script on every web page tracked, but the script collects the stats and sends them to a single log server determined by the customer. Anyone using many different servers may find this very useful.

There is some difference between the stats gathered. For example, if a user started to load a page and hit the "Stop" button before the WebTrends Live Java script loaded, the log analysis software would count that as a hit, while WebTrends live would not. And if cookies are turned off, WebTrends Live counts each page view as a distinct user, while the software can still track the user.

On the other hand, WebTrends Live can gather data stored in the browser that is not stored in the log file, such as platform, time zone, browser, screen size, plug-ins, products purchased, and amount of money spent. We should note that credit cards data is not collected by WebTrends Live.

The second module, dubbed the Data Conduits module is designed for log analysis based on advanced content management systems such as Vignette's StoryServer, BroadVison products, or Macromedia's Spectra. This module allows WebTrends to query the database and convert the URL into a database field.

Pricing and Availability
All versions and modules of WebTrends 4.0 family of releases are available now and pricing is based on a per-server basis:

  • Basic eBusiness Edition costs $3,500 for the first server for Microsoft Windows 2000/NT and Red Hat Linux editions ($5,000 for the Solaris edition) and $2,000 for each additional server.
  • Enterprise Edition costs $10,000 for the first server and $5,000 for each additional server.
  • The Service Provider Edition costs $3,500 per server. WebTrends also has a special offer for service providers. Instead of paying a one-time fee, providers can opt into pay-as-you-go pricing. Annual fees start at $15 per domain on a $5,000 minimum charge agreement.
  • The Data Collection Server module costs $20,000 for the first server and $1,000 for each additional server. WebTrends also charges additional maintenance fees.
  • The Data Conduits module (for advanced content management systems) costs $15,000 to set up, after which WebTrends charges maintenance fees.

This article was originally published on Aug 14, 2001
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