First lets start with a screen shot of the dashboard in progress for the control panel.
Unfortunately Data prior to the 28th of May 2014 is a bit skewed. But as you can see we have plenty of navigation so consumers never get lost. We also show are currently showing all site traffic for all sites hosted under a specific user. Though with some crashes here and there we might put these charts on their own separate page per domain but still give the user the ability to view an all domain report as it’s setup right now (at their own risk).
Currently the theming for the charts is still to be completed. But we have the ability to show and hide specific points of data if we want, select a range of the data from the range bar below. And most importantly reset it all to dive into more data.
Updates outside of the control panel:
A lot of reforming to the back-end has happened in preparation of the control panel.
Security is always a concern when dealing with the online world. We have adjusted some security features. The control panel (unlike commercial panels today) will not actually be able to modify anything within the network per-say. What I mean by that is every command done through the control panel will actually hit a sub-system which allows or disallows access at that level. Which then hits the root system which can only run specific commands pre-written into the system. So unlike most control panels today where the code is on the forefront of the system, CLDMV’s back-end is segregated to many systems to prevent hacking. While data can be retrieved from the control panel anything which has to change the system will always be done through our set of sub-systems to insure stability and security.
Also it’s important to note there was a brief downtime of FTP log in and email receiving on 2014/05/31 at approx 5pm PST to 5:30pm PST. This was due to a mass restructuring of the back-end in order to support the new changes to come.
Prior to version 2 of he log parser the logs were simply dumped into the database for the past 60 days every hour. It was planned that Users could view these logs instantly through a control panel. But unless you really knew what you were looking at this data was sort of useless.
So we came up with V2 of the Log Parser. This parser parses errors and website access into tables which gives a lot more information about the logs. For example I can pull up a number of how many 404 errors happened on any site hosted with CLDMV on any day in the past 60 days. As well as any redirect. If I want to view all the 404 or redirects I can do so. This functionality will be included in the control panel asap.
Why did we do this?
Simple answer really. Analytics services can provide you with how many visits your site gets and a ton of data about this. However they only work on pages where their code is present. Since we can track on the server level we can provide a lot more data. This data helps website owners make critical decisions and code fixes where they see trends in their software.
“Why am I not being indexed by [insert name of search engine]?”
We hear this question quite often. Simply put we do not control how search engines index websites. But we can show you (now) that your site is being crawled by their bots. V2 of the log parser is also logs if the visit was a bot or not.
To show an example:
The above results show this site’s basic stats for 2014-5-27. Visits and Unique visits are overall. So all we have to due to find human visits is subtract the bot visits from those numbers.
|2014||5||28||example.com||1401248811||184.108.40.206||1||1||0||php||/exampleurl.php||302||1||31||220.127.116.11 - - [28/May/2014:03:46:51 +0000] "GET /exampleurl.php HTTP/1.1" 302 31 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)" "-" "-" "https" "-"||Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Googlebot/2.1; +http://www.google.com/bot.html)||GET||HTTP/1.1||
Above is an example of all the data available through our Log Parse V2.
Earlier this week we rolled out the basic control panel. At this point there isn’t much. Pretty much just displays current bans on the server and invoice data.
Three of the five themes (Default, Orange, Light) have been completed. Blue and Dark are still to come. As well as additional features inside the control panel and a better look inside there.
Some things to come are also domain name management and SSL management. These are two services which we plan to provide on top of the hosting and email services we currently provide.
Server (s1) is scheduled to have another SSD hard drive added to it on:
5.4.2014 (Sun) 01:00 (GMT-0500) – 04:00 (GMT-0500)
Shouldn’t be any downtime as it’s simply a hard drive however there may be some downtime between 10pm PST and 1am PST.