Software Review: By Scott Clark
We've started to get the idea what we can do with log analysis tools, what they're good at, what they're not, and why exactly we use them. We've taken a look at Maximized Software's FlashStats, and Marketwave's HitList Pro and found that they are indeed tools well worthy of the most miserly Webmaster's interest. Now it's time to take a close look at another such tool, Sane Solution's NetTracker Pro.
Product: NetTracker 3.0
Price: $295 for the basic NetTracker; $495 for NetTracker Pro; Starting at $995 for 5 Web site license for NetTracker Enterprise
Supported Platforms: Microsoft Windows 95/NT (Intel/Alpha), Solaris, BSDI, FreeBSD, Linux, Digital UNIX, AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, SunOS and UnixWare
Having just reviewed FlashStats, I found that NetTracker Pro is similar to FlashStats in many ways. It can generate the same basic reports, can work from any Web browser--once installed, and both are available for a wide variety of operating systems and Web servers.
NetTracker differs in that it calculates visits to a Web site, rather than raw data from a log file. NetTracker also enables users to follow the path a visitor takes through the Web site, actually showing a page-by-page account of the visitor's journey through the site, rather than just a "hit" report.
This definitive look at the Web site can be very useful to marketing analysts, advertising agencies and site developers, but it is obviously going to be more expensive. NetTracker Pro is purchased on a per-site basis, where FlashStats' price is based on a per-operating system basis. Is the price difference worth the additional functionality? Read on and find out for yourself.
Move on to the next part of the review.
This article first appeared in December, 1997.
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