An access log is a text file which contains a full list of all of the files accessed by your Internet site visitors. All the files that were requested in one way or another shall be included, so if you have a PHP script app and a site visitor opens only the home page, for example, you might find numerous files inside the log. The reason is that there are components on the home page which are embedded - parts of other webpages, pictures, etcetera. All of these files shall be listed within the access log, so you can get a complete picture of the way your Internet site functions. The data is in plain text format, so the logs are often referred to as "raw data" too. An access log contains the name of every requested file, the path to it, the date it was accessed, along with the user’s IP address, world-wide web browser and OS. Additional information, such as the referrer site, is oftentimes supplied too. A log file can be processed by various desktop apps for statistical purposes as an addition to the web stats created by your hosting server.

Access Log Manager in Cloud Hosting

Our in-house built Hepsia CP has a section focused on various logs and the access logs are one of them. When you sign in to your cloud hosting account and take a look at this section, you will find a list of all the domain names and subdomains that you have. All it takes to allow the generation of access logs is to click on a button that'll be available next to each domain/subdomain. When the option is enabled, you'll see a download link and also the file size so far, so you shall be able to save the file to your laptop or computer and look at it or process it with some application. Enabling or disabling the logs becomes effective right away, so if you don't need one, you may stop it with a click from the same section of the Control Panel. You shall still have the ability to access the already created content by clicking on the Download link.