Methods of Web site analysis
Log-file analysis tools The oldest and most traditional form of site analysis, these tools work by indexing and analyzing the large log files generated by Web servers. Log-file analysis tools are simple to deploy and provide accurate long-term reporting but cant do fully real-time analysisand log files can be very large in size.
Protocol sniffers These products work by using standard network sniffer technology to watch traffic as it moves to and from Web servers. Protocol sniffers can be painlessly deployed in almost no time and provide up-to-the-second real-time analytics. However, they are limited to the most basic visitor traffic information and cant provide the detailed analytics and reporting that other technologies offer.
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