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xx Using page views efficiently
« Thread started on: Aug 4th, 2011, 4:07pm »

A member at our forum made the following statement:

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If I were Conforums I would allow Google BOTS and not downgrade page views. This willl generate much more traffic if the BOTS are allowed.

To compensate I would post adds to casual browsers no matter what the state off the sites page free views.

That way signed up members get add free viewing, casual browsers get adds and the BOTS get free access.


What do you think, does this sound manageable?
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 4th, 2011, 4:15pm »

Some changes were made yesterday along these lines after a board reported excessive pageviews being used. After an investigation, it turned out if was one of google's ad bots indexing the page. What we have done is still allow the bots to crawl but they do not eat up ad-free page views.

It is untended to allow admins to select if they wish ad-free for guests or just members. Obviously, if they select members only, then ads will be displayed for guests.

I hope this clarifies things. smiley
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« Reply #2 on: Aug 11th, 2011, 11:35am »

Hi Dave,

Yes, things are clear, going to look for that setting.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 2nd, 2012, 09:39am »

In relation to the topic, it would be nice to have administrative tasks (anything launched from the admin area) not consume page views.

May ask to consider disabling page view consumption for administrators entirely, since there are really enough regular members left to consume page views.
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« Reply #4 on: May 5th, 2012, 08:38am »

Have you guys considered writing up a separate table for counting page views, and rather than simply counting them as how a hit counter would work, count only for unique IPs + Browser ident?

Something along of the lines of:

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id [int; auto_increment]; thread_id [int]; ip [tinytext]; browser [text]

Or if a flat file (such as a CSV file), just append a line to a separate file for each unique hit, like:

thread_id,ip_address,browser_hash\n

Then, cache the total number of lines for each (thread_id), and for adding new lines, check for presence if identical match, do not add if one exists, and add if it doesn't.

Should help with reducing duplicates.
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« Reply #5 on: May 5th, 2012, 09:00am »

The issue with your idea is that conforums still uses a plaintext storage system over a SQL backend. Dont worry though, Its in the works =P
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