About web log analytics

There are situations where using standard JavaScript tracking methods is not possible. This can be either because of simple technical infeasibility or because of heightened data security requirements.

Piwik PRO can analyze user traffic based on information captured by your web server and stored in a separate file, called a log. This log contains some of the data which is normally collected using the JavaScript method. This, in a nutshell, is Web Log Analytics.

In order to process site traffic data using Web Log Analytics, Piwik PRO imports server logs directly into your Piwik instance. This way, you can use all of the Piwik analytics reporting features, like goals, funnels, and more, to analyze visitor behavior without using JavaScript tracking techniques.

How Web Log Analytics keeps data secure

The process is simple:

  1. A user sends a request to the web server to load a website.
  2. The web server stores this information in its log files.
  3. The HTTP logs are transferred to the server where Piwik PRO is hosted.
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