3-5 July 2006
CERN, Geneva
Europe/Zurich timezone

Linktally: Ranking popular pages in a CMS

5 Jul 2006, 12:10
40-S2-B01 (CERN, Geneva)


CERN, Geneva

Web Frameworks Web Frameworks


Mr Martijn Pieters (Pareto)


Linktally works around typical CMS roadblocks like high-read, low-write databases, clustering and extensive caching to provide a approximation to page popularity.


In order to allow a CMS-based website to scale, developers need to avoid making
writes to the backend-database on every request. But what if you need to provide at
least a ranking of the most visited pages on your site? Add a squid cache and your
CMS may never see the majority of the visits as the cache serves up the pages
instead, which makes even a increment-counter-on-every-request solution unworkable.

Linktally aims to solve this problem. By periodically analysing front-end server
logfiles (Apache, Squid), a running tally can be kept for specific CMS-managed pages.
With a CMS-specific plugin, developers can add current rankings, split out by page
type and period, to a website.

Primary author

Mr Martijn Pieters (Pareto)

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