My site is an online ministry, and as such I like to track which sermons/files are being downloaded.
The problem is that I've used some very popular trackers, such as CCount, and although they work fine for anywhere from weeks to months, suddenly it seems that their control file goes missing, and that takes down the entire download section and results in a "That ID Does Not Exist!" message. Fortunately, that one has backup/restore capabilities and when I notice it, I can put it back.
Now, I'm willing to put considerable work into fixing this with a 'final solution' but am not a proficient programmer in any language, although I've learned to modify PHP code somewhat by following examples of others. Does anyone know of a totally "bullet-proof" way of counting file downloads? My current one, CCount, uses a php-redirect like:
http:// (my path)/cc/sermons/click.php?id=xx ( x= ID number of the DL)
to serve the file and count it to a text file, which it then tallies up in a nice admin display. I don't care if the file is served directly, or redirected. I just need a totally reliable solution.
Any suggestions? Different scripts that you have used for years that work wonderfully or anything like that?
As always, many thanks to the group!