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Quick start GUI version

Welcome to using Advanced Log Analyzer. In order to gain a good understanding and quickly start using the analyzer, we recommend you follow these steps:

1. Analyzing a sample log file.
2. Setting up your own site.

Analyzing a sample log file
When analyzer starts for the first time, normally all you need to do is to press the Analyze button on the Main tab.
Analyzer will start processing a log file and you will see the results of the analysis under the Results tab.
At this stage it's better to learn which reports analyzer provides, and familiarize yourself with the interface which consists of the following tabs:
 - Main tab, for analyzing and downloading log files.
 - Reports tab, for setting up your own reports and customizing existing reports.
 - Sites tab, for setting up your own web site.
 - Results tab, for displaying HTML reports.
So study this and play around a little before analyzing your own web site.

Setting up your own site
Depending on your level of knowledge, before starting you need to understand 'what a log file is' and what log file analysis is all about.
A log file is a normal text file in which your web server records the activity of your site. In the log file each line represents a single access to a web resource.
For instance, if you viewed the about.htm page on your site and it contained a single picture (photo.jpg - your photo), then the web server will write two lines in the log file: one for about.htm and one for photo.jpg.
Normally log files are stored on the web server, and you can access them using a normal ftp client. Typically log files are called access_log for Apache web sites and ex0203.log (composed with current year and month) for an IIS web server.

In order to get the statistics from your web site, you need to go through the following steps:
1. Download the log file to your local computer.
2. Create a new site on the sites tab.
3. Press Analyze button and see the results on Results tab.

See also:

Quick start console version | Configuration files