An access log is a detailed list of all the files which were accessed by the visitors of a certain site. Every single file that was requested for some reason will be listed, so if you have a single page with 3 embedded pictures, one video and one embedded text file, as an illustration, the access log shall contain a total of six entries - one for every of the six files that were accessed when the site visitor opened the page. A log typically contains the file name and path, the date, plus the visitor’s Operating System, Internet browser and IP address. Occasionally you may also find the referrer Internet sites that sent the visitors to your website. The information an access log file provides is in human-readable plain text format. It can also be processed by special software on a laptop or computer and used to prepare reports on the overall performance of a site, in addition to the web stats which your hosting server may have generated.
Access Log Manager in Web Hosting
Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section dedicated to various logs and the access logs are among them. As you sign in to your web hosting account and visit this section, you'll find a list of all the domains and subdomains which you have. All it takes to allow the generation of access logs is to click on a button that will be available next to every single domain/subdomain. If the option is enabled, you shall see a download link and also the file size so far, so you'll be able to save the file to your laptop or computer and view it or process it with some program. Enabling or disabling the logs takes effect instantaneously, so if you no longer need one, you may stop it with just a click from the very same section of the Control Panel. You'll still be able to access the already generated content by simply clicking on the Download link.