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Piwik Web Analytics Essentials by Stephan A. Miller

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Triggering page views manually

There was a time when—on the Internet—a page view was a page view. New content meant a new page. But with JavaScript and Flash, the definition of a page view can be a little bit different. If you have a slide show in Flash, isn't each slide a page? What about AJAX applications that load content in the browser without a reload? A visitor could land on an AJAX enabled site, be there for an hour browsing through content and register only one traditional page view. If you had server-based tracking, you could track each of these AJAX hits to the server. But there are still more advantages to using JavaScript to track visitors. You will get data on screen resolution, browser plugins, and other details not available in ...

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