2. Just Ring the Bell When You Get There

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As I’m sitting here beginning to write, the doorbell rings. Not the doorbell for my front door—the one for my Web site. When a visitor hits the homepage of my site, a real doorbell chime gets triggered on my desk. It’s as if the visitor were saying, “Hello, just called to say ‘hi.’”

Why, you ask, would I have such a thing? It began when I wanted to represent a user’s visit to my site in a way that didn’t require me to visit a specific statistics page. After all, I already have a really great log file page that tells me everything I want to know and loads of stuff I didn’t know I want to know. I was looking ...

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