Suggested configurations for geographic or locale-based sub-sites


Webtrends Analytics 8.7
Webtrends Analytics 9.2


To break out site data by sub-site or sub-directory first consider the following questions.

Are you using Webtrends On Demand or a software installation with a SmartSource Data Collector? If so, how feasible is it to have a separate tag for each of these sub sites?

Is there a fixed number of sites, or is the number of sites growing over time?

In most situations, we recommend making a separate profile for each site as this will allow for the greatest amount of fine-tuning and least impact on performance. A single set of log files and a hit filter can be used to include only the records for each geographical site. If a separate tag is used for each site a filter based on DCSID can be applied. It is also possible to filter based on the URL or whatever other identifier makes the site unique.

Another way would be to use parent/child profiles. How these would be set up depends on how the sites are configured. Since the site is all under the same domain name, child profiles must be created based on DCSID or query parameter. This solution is generally best when auto-discovery is enabled so that new child profiles are created when new data is found in the logs, such as when a new sub-site is introduced.

Bear in mind that with parent/child profiles, any corruption or failure of one profile impacts all profiles. For Webtrends On Demand customers, basic child profiles do not count as full profiles when determining the number of profiles used; the parent plus each additional basic child profile counts as one-tenth of an allotted profile, so a parent profile with nine basic child profiles would use one allotted profile but if an additional basic child profile were added the profile would then count towards two profiles until the basic child profiles exceed 19, after which it then counts as three, and so on.

For a fixed number of profiles, create hit filters for each variation, then create the profile and make copies to which each the relevant filters are to be applied.