Setting Up URL Parameter Analysis for Full-Featured Analysis

Each URL Parameter Analysis report can track either one or two specified parameters to show which content visitors requested.

To create a URL Parameter Analysis report for Standard or Parent-Child Full-Featured Analysis profiles, you must specify the parameters you want Webtrendsto report on, enable URL Parameter Analysis in your profile, and make sure your template includes URL Parameter Analysis reports. The following steps give an overview of this process.

  1. In the left pane, click Administration > Web Analysis > Report Configuration > URL Parameters.
  2. Click New.
  3. In the Description text box, type a name to identify this URL Parameter Analysis definition in Analytics 9 Administration and in reports. For example, type News.
  4. In the Page Name text box, type a page expression to identify the page(s) you want to track, excluding parameters. For example, type /jobs/search.asp. Because page identification can work differently depending on the fields included in your log files, you may want to use wildcards or regular expressions to identify the page URL. Keep in mind that Webtrends strips home pages such as default.htm and index.htm from URLs before analysis. For example, to specify all pages other than a configured home page that end in the string download.asp, regardless of protocol, domain, or directory, type *download.asp (if using wildcards) or .*/download\.asp (if using a regular expression). If download.asp is a configured home page, however, Webtrends strips download.asp from the URL before matching the definition to the URL, so that no pages are matched. Using wildcards, you can match all pages found in the log files, including configured home pages, by specifying */*, or specify all pages in a specific directory by specifying */news/.
    Note: Home pages are configured in the Home dialog of the profile settings. To access these settings, edit the profile and click Analysis > Home.
  5. If you want to use a regular expression to specify the page, select the Regular Expression check box. To test a sample string against your expression, click Test.
  6. In the Primary Parameter text box, type the main parameter you want to track. If you are creating a 2-dimensional Parameter Analysis definition, the Secondary Parameter is tracked in relation to this parameter.
  7. In the Name To Display In Reports text box, type the name you want to identify the parameter in reports. If you leave this text box blank, reports show the parameter as specified in the Primary Parameter text box.
  8. If you want to report on a second parameter in relation to the Primary Parameter, type the parameter name in the Secondary Parameter text box. For example, type region.
  9. In the Name To Display In Reports text box, type the name you want to identify the parameter in reports. If you leave this text box blank, reports show the parameter as specified in the Secondary Parameter text box.
  10. If your parameter values are encoded or hard to understand, you can also assign a lookup table to any parameter so Webtrends translates it for reports.
  11. If you want to ensure that all profiles enable one or more URL Parameter Analysis reports, including future profiles you create, click Global: Include in all profiles and select the definitions you want to enable.
  12. Click Save.
  13. If you did not select Global: Include in all profiles to apply this definition to all profiles, edit your profile and enable your URL parameter analysis definition to include it in reports.
    1. In the left pane click Administration > Web Analysis > Reports & Profiles.
    2. Mouse over a profile and click Edit on the Action menu.
    3. Click Advanced > URL Parameter Analysis.
    4. Select the URL parameter analysis definitions to apply to the selected profile.
    5. Click Save.
  14. In the left pane, click Web Analysis > Report Designer > Templates and edit the template for each profile. On the Content dialog, make sure that the URL Parameter Analysis and URL 2-D Parameter Analysis folders are included in the template. If they are not, click Add Report and select these folders under Site Design. During analysis, these folders are populated with any URL Parameter Analysis reports you enabled.
    Note: The Complete View templates include both one-dimensional and two-dimensional URL Parameter Analysis reports by default.
  15. After the next analysis cycle for the profile, you can view the results in your reports. In the default Complete View template, URL Parameter Analysis reports are located in the Site Design > Parameter Analysis reports folder.