Distinguish robots from humansby Read Write Tools
|This plugin is triggered each time a web browser requests your website's |
Monitoring website traffic is important for planning and evaluation purposes. Is the website continuing to attract new visitors or is it declining in popularity? Has a recent campaign been successful in attracting new visitors? Is it time to contemplate adjustments or redesign?
Heavyweight solutions such as Google Analytics go far beyond this plugin's capabilities, but at the risk of ceding control to a third party, which may not be acceptable to your needs.
This plugin is open source and can be modified or enhanced to perform tasks such as these:
- Counting requests to two or more pages for A/B testing.
- Summarizing activity over different periods, such as hourly or weekly.
- Monitoring visitor click-paths based on the HTTP
The plugin module is available from NPM. Before proceeding, you should already have
RWSERVE configured and tested.
This module should be installed on your web server in a well-defined place, so that it can be discovered by
RWSERVE. The standard place for public domain plugins is
npm install rwserve-visitor-count
Configuration is Everything
Make the software available by declaring it in the
plugins section of your configuration file. For detailed instructions on how to do this, refer to the plugins documentation on the
Read Write Tools HTTP/2 Server website.
`/favicon.ico` *methods=GET *plugin=rwserve-visitor-count
save-as value is an absolute path to the file to be used to save the visitor counts. Be sure to enclose this value in GRAVE-ACCENTS. The directory and file will be created if they don't already exist. Both read and write permissions must be allowed for the system user "rwserve".
router only sends requests to the plugin when the HTTP method is
GET and the resource path is
A full configuration file with typical settings for a server running on localhost port 7443, is included in this NPM module at
etc/visitor-count-config. To use this configuration file, adjust these variables if they don't match your server setup:
Start the server using the configuration file just prepared. Use Bash to start the server in the background, like this:
[user@host ~]# rwserve /srv/rwserve-plugins/node_modules/rwserve-visitor-count/etc/visitor-count-config &
Use your browser to navigate to the website's homepage, which will automatically trigger a request for
Shutdown and Save
Finally, shut down the server using the process ID of the server. The visitor count file will be saved during the shutdown process.
[user@host ~]# kill PID
Once you've tested the plugin and are ready to go live, adjust your production web server's configuration in
/etc/rwserve/rwserve.conf and restart it using
systemd. . .
[user@host ~]# systemctl restart rwserve
. . . then monitor its request/response activity with
[user@host ~]# journalctl -u rwserve -ef
This is a plugin for the Read Write Tools HTTP/2 Server, which works on Linux platforms. Windows, MacOS and BSD are not supported.
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The rwserve-visitor-count plugin is licensed under the MIT License.
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