We are really trying to improve how our users use our site and we have a page that has a lot of activity on it and we want to know exactly how our users are using that page. Here is the page http://www.mmsi.com/media.html . On this page I have used a series of DW widgets, the accordion and tab, we would like to somehow track the clicks within these widgets so we can see what sections and what is being downloaded the most. Can somebody send me in the right direction? I don't even know how to really phrase what I am looking for in Google so any advice would be greatly apperciated.
Thanks in advance.
Tracking clicks to a widget might be difficult. Tracking downloads is simple though: store file locations in database then use a recordset to display the links to the files on the page. Add a URL parameter to the download links like this: example.com/page.php?file=something.mp3 so that when the user clicks the link it runs a filtered recordest on page.php that filters the database based off URL parameter to serve the file. Then use an UPDATE query to update the db row for the file by +1 upon download of file.
That could work, I am somewhat of a noob in developement
can you point me in the right direction on how track the downloads. All the files are on
the web server do you know the code I need to track the downloads or where I can find it?
Try In-Page Analytics in Google Analytics
Also, various commercial (paid) online services will track clicks and produce heatmaps showing click location and frequency
http://www.crazyegg.com/ (starts at $9/month)
http://www.gazehawk.com/ (eye tracking rather than clicks)