An access log is a thorough list of all the files which were accessed by the visitors of a certain site. Any file which was requested in some way shall be listed, so if you have only one page with 3 embedded graphics, one video and one embedded text file, as an illustration, the access log shall contain a total of 6 entries - one for each of the 6 files that were accessed when the website visitor opened the webpage. A log typically provides the file name and path, the date, in addition to the visitor’s OS, browser and IP address. Sometimes you could also find the referrer websites that sent the visitors to your website. The data that an access log file includes is in human-readable plain text format. It can be processed by special software on a laptop or computer and used to prepare reports on the performance of a website, in addition to the web stats your server may have generated.
Access Log Manager in Website Hosting
Our custom-built Hepsia CP includes a section dedicated to various logs and the access logs are among them. When you sign in to your website hosting account and go to this section, you shall find a list of all the domains and subdomains you have. All it takes to enable the generation of access logs is to click on a button that'll be available next to each domain/subdomain. If the option is enabled, you'll see a download link as well as the file size so far, so you shall be able to save the file to your personal computer and examine it or process it with some program. Enabling or disabling the logs takes effect instantly, so if you no longer require one, you could stop it with a mouse click from the exact same section of the Control Panel. You will still have the ability to access the already developed content by simply clicking on the Download link.