Understanding Data Sources

Before you can create a profile and generate reports, you must have a configured data source. Configuring a data source tells Webtrends where to find the data it analyzes for reports. Data sources store information about where Webtrends should access your site data.

When you specify where your data resides, Webtrends defines the location as a data source, so you can select that location quickly when you create profiles. You must have a configured data source in order to create a profile. If you use Webtrends Analytics 9 or if you use Webtrends On Premises with the SmartSource Data Collector, you also need a configured data source in order to create the JavaScript tracking code used to tag your site and collect data about your website activity.