Installing and Configuring SmarterStats on a Dedicated Server or VPS

Installing SmarterStats Professional Edition
There is one Setup file to install SmarterStats Professional Edition. Upon
install, choose "Full Installation" to install all of the components
needed for SmarterStats to run "out of the box."

The Web Interface
The Web Interface installs with the SmarterStats Web Server and binds itself
to the IP port 9999. By default it is set to respond to all IPs. You
can then access the Web Interface by double clicking the icon on the desktop,
or typing in "" locally in a browser,
or typing "http://YourDomainName:9999/Login.aspx" from the Internet.

If you would like to change the specific IP that the Web Interface is bound
to, go to the SmarterStats Web Service by clicking on Start - Programs - SmarterTools Inc. - SmarterStats - Configure SmarterStats Web Server. Click on the drop down arrow under "Web Site Settings" to reveal all IP's available to your machine. Select the new IP to bind the Web Interface to and click apply. You can then access the Web Interface by typing in your new ip address in any browser followed by ":9999/Login.aspx". (e.g. "http://555.555.555.555:9999/Login.aspx"
The first time you access the Web Interface, log in using the following default settings:
  • Site ID = admin

  • Username = admin

  • Password = admin

NOTE: for Web Interface Administrators the Site ID will always be "admin"
(less the quotation marks).

Select Free or Purchased Copy
SmarterStats has a free version available that is limited to one computer with
one Web Interface, one Service and one web site. If you would like the free
version, the next step can be skipped. Select the Free option and click "activate."

Activate License Key
If you have a purchased copy, Select the purchased option and click "activate."
Enter the License Key, Email Address and Password that was provided in the email from SmarterStats after your purchase. Click on the "activate now" button to view product version specific information. Click the "activate key" button only to re-enter activation data.

Getting Started with SmarterStats Professional Edition
Once you have installed the Web Interface, you are ready to start adding websites to the Web Interface.

Adding Sites to the Web Interface
To add a site to the Web Interface, log in as the administrator of the SmarterStats application (if you are not already) and click on "Manage" in the menu. Select "Add Site", and the first page of the add sites wizard will display.

    • Site Information

  1. Add a Site ID for the web site (e.g. 1. Site IDs must be integers greater
    than 0. If you do not use integers for your Site IDs, you will need to create
    a lookup table in a database to convert your Site IDs to integers) or click
    the "assign unused id" button.

  2. Enter the domain name into the domain name textbox (e.g. or

  3. Select the time zone that you would like the statistics processed under.

  4. Click on the "next" button.

    • Site Admin Information

  5. Create a username and password for the Site Admin. The Site Admin will be the administrator for this domain only.

  6. Enter the first name and last name of the Site Admin in charge of the site (this will, generally, be the site owner's name).

  7. Click on the "next" button.

    • Log Files

  8. Select the method that the Web Interface will use to aquire the original log files: Local Path, UNC Path or download from FTP server.

      Local Path or UNC Path
    1. Indicate the full path to where the log files reside on the web server. This is usually set during the installation of the web site on the server. Full paths are required (e.g. c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1 for a local path or \\webservername\c$\inetpub\domainname\logs\ for a UNC path)

    2. Set the auto deletion for the number of days that the original log files remain on the web server.

    3. Click on the "next" button.

      or Download from FTP server
    1. Enter the URL for the FTP server (eg.

    2. Enter the port that the FTP server uses (default is 21).

    3. Enter the path of the directory where the original logs reside.

    4. Enter the Username and Password of the account to be used for FTP access.

    5. Enter the Interval or how often you would like the logs downloaded.

    6. Click on the "next" button.

  9. Enter the log file wildcards (i.e. specify the format of the log titles,
    with dates or other variable information removed: *.log ).

  10. Select the log file format (W3C, NCSA, IIS).


      • Smarter Logs and Exports

    1. Select the maximum number of months you want the SmarterLog files to be stored. SmarterLog files are in a compressed format, which allows you to store a wider date range of logs versus saving the standard web server log files.

    2. Enter the full path of where you would like the SmarterStats log files to resided for this website. This should be a location dedicated to storing the SmarterLog files on a drive with ample free space. Full paths are required (e.g. c:\WINDOWS\system32\LogFiles\W3SVC1\smarterstats or d:\SmarterLogs as the SmarterLog files do not have to reside on the same drive as the website itself).

    3. Enter the location where log files will be exported to. This option refers to where the log files will be placed when the user asks to download the files from the SmarterStats application. A good rule of thumb is to put the logs back into the root of that particular site (e.g. c:\inetpub\wwwroot).

    4. Finally, enter the URL for the exported log files. This is the absolute link that is set up in order to allow the user to retrieve the log file when the export is completed. Again, the full URL for that site should suffice (e.g.

    5. Click on the "finish" button to make the addition permanent.

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