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Reliable Stats, Easier Installation

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If you’ve used OIO for any length of time, you’ve probably had some frustration with the stats tracking at some time or other. I know I have…

At first I thought the daily archiving process was going haywire and increasing the click count artifically, but that wasn’t the problem at all. Those who suffered from inaccurate stats did so because bots were following the tracker links. Instead of getting 10 clicks a day, you might have seen 100!

I therefore set to work creating a set of filters to get rid of the “fake” (non-human) clicks, and have been very pleased with the results. The default set of filters should do the job, but in case they don’t you can manually blacklist or whitelist (1) user-agents (2) ip addresses (3) referring urls. I also added a live stats page, to help you easily identify suspicious looking click data and filter it out in the future.

NB: as I don’t want to over-load users with feature changes that each require upgrading in quick succession, this has been silently released as part of an update v2.07. Once the other changes are complete, we will move to v2.10

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Installation shouldn’t be a hassle:

Installation shouldn’t be a hassle, but much of the time with web apps it is. Due to the nature of web apps (and server setups), offering a painless installation process for everyone is near impossible.

But that hasn’t stopped me trying…

Meet the web installer (it also upgrades scripts too). No more FTP client, no more uploading files to your server or editing config files. This is an attempt at “click and go” installation:

1.) First you choose whether you want to install or upgrade OIO, and which platfrom you are using (currently the choice is between wordpress and standalone).

2.) Next, you choose what url you’d like the script to be installed at. This lets the installer check to make sure the url and the directory you’ll choose in the next step match (and so avoid future headaches). You’ll also be asked for your MySQL database login info (required to run OIO along with php) if installing the script in standalone mode.

3.) Finally, you input your FTP login details (this is the only way to easily transfer files from one server to another), and then the web directory you want to place the script in.

4.) The installer checks that everything works right, warns you of any errors, then proceeds with the installation (or upgrade). And that’s all there is to it – providing you have mysql and ftp details to hand, the whole process should take no more than a couple of minutes.

More developments to come (as always)…

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