Fast Hostname Lookup While Monitoring Network Submissions
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21
Web analytics tools have become a critical part of managing e-business web sites, providing valuable information which can affect real business decisions. These tools can get their input from various sources, but most will use the web server log as their primary source of data when analyzing web site activity. As web clients issue requests for your web servers resources, HTTP requests containing time stamp, client IP address, URL, etc. are written to your web server log. Each record written to your web server log can then be analyzed by a web analytics tool to determine visitor information about your site. For instance, analyzing the client IP address can yield metrics about your sites visitor demographics. Reverse hostname look-up is a feature in most web servers that converts client IP addresses, in raw dot address notation, to hostname strings that allow a more user friendly analysis of questions like: 1) What country represents the majority of the visitors to my site? 2) What domain or subdomain are represented by visitors to my site?