How to configure ContentMetrics

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ContentMetrics is added to a web site by configuring a ContentMetrics (CM) server and then registering the source web site that will communicate with the CM server.

Configuring the ContentMetrics server

A ContentMetrics server (%CM-SERVER%) can be hosted on any web server that has MySQL 5+ and PHP 5+. Current available servers are:

The source web site must be registered with a user profile name (%PROFILE-NAME%) and host name (%HOST-NAME%).

Configuring the source web site

The following style sheet and two JavaScript file must be added to the <head> section of any page that will communication with the CM server:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen"
    href="%CM-SERVER%/style/cm.css" />
<script type="text/javascript"
<script type="text/javascript"

With these entries added, any number of regions can be added to the page. Each region will track metrics for that region and display configurable results. The result will display wherever the script is placed on the page. Here is the basic format of the region script:

<script type="text/javascript"
An example of a region script displaying the metrics 1111111,1010

The following values are required:

  • %CM-SERVER% and %PROFILE-NAME% - The CM server that will track the data under the profile registered on that server
  • %REGION-ID% - A unique value within the registered %HOST-NAME%
  • %ACTIONS% - A bit mask of allowable actions for this view of the reigon:
Value (position)Description
100 (1)Record each visit. Turn off to use the region only for displaying metrics and voting on the content.
010 (2)Allow visitors to up vote
001 (3)Allow visitors to down vote
  • %METRICS% - A bit mask of what recorded metrics should be displayed. For clarity, a comma is used to divide these into seven visit and vote metrics, and four date/time metrics.
Value (position)Description
1000000,0000 (1)Display total visits
0100000,0000 (2)Display total unique visitors
0010000,0000 (3)Display total vote value (up votes - down votes)
0001000,0000 (4)Display total up votes
0000100,0000 (5)Display total down votes (as negative)
0000010,0000 (6)Display total visits for the current visitor
0000001,0000 (7)Display vote value for the current visitor
0000000,1000 (8)Display date and time of the first visit
0000000,0100 (9)Display date and time of the most recent visit
0000000,0010 (10)Display date and time of the first visit for the current visitor
0000000,0001 (11)Display date and time of the most recent visit for the current visitor

Any character that is not a zero or a one will be deleted before being interpreted by the CM server. The comma will be used in these example for convention, but any other character could be used (e.g. +, :, or X) Similarly, if not all bit value are specified, those missing will default to zero (off).


Here are some examples of region scripts. These assume that the containing web page resides on a %HOST-NAME% registered under etheradmin on the CM server,1100

This tracks metrics for the region article-id-1024. Names are unique identifiers on the host name and can be referenced across any number of pages or even multiple times within a page. For a blog, you may want to include a region script for an article in multiple places: the main page, the category page, and the article's permalink page.

The actions 011 enable voting but do not record a unique visit when the page is displayed. This allows you to display metrics in a summary listing page without recording the viewing of those metrics as an actual visit. The actual page would contain the actions 111 in order to record the visit.

The metrics 1111100 (looking at the first seven) will display everything except those for the current visitor. The date/time metrics 1100 (the last four) will display the first and most recent visit, again excluding the first and most recent for the current visitor.