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top downloads of the week

Postby Jeff Tirey » Fri Aug 29, 2003 1:47 pm

I wrote a new page that (hopefully) will provide a nice report on the top downloads over the past 7 days.<br /><br />As Textkit's online contentgrows, it becomes harder and harder for visitors to find out what's currently 'hot' by looking at the homepage all time top downloads reports because the files on that report have a time advantage. <br /><br />This page should help:<br /><br />http://www.textkit.com/top-downloads.php<br /><br />Test it out.. I don't know if it'll work on the end of the last day of the month, so consider it a demo. (the database query took me a bit longer to develop)<br /><br />And Episcopus.. breath slowly, your Education Idol is at the top of the list!<br /><br />It will be fun to see how after Sept. 2nd Smyth, Conybear and Strong spike to the top. For me, logging is fun! :-)<br /><br />jeff<br /><br /><br />jeff
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby mariek » Fri Aug 29, 2003 4:00 pm

<br />Wow, 3341 downloads in the last 7 days. That's about 477 downloads per day! WOW! <br />
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby Jeff Tirey » Fri Aug 29, 2003 4:31 pm

it's pretty neat. Especially since way back when having just 3000 downloads seemed pretty cool.<br /><br />keep in mind however that the definition of a download is somewhat vague. All it technically means is that a visitor opened the PDF file. It does not mean that the visitor downloaded the file fully and our bandwidth consumption suggests that most downloads are partial becasue visitors naturally like to check them out and also use them as online reference.<br /><br />
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby Keesa » Fri Aug 29, 2003 10:04 pm

And sometimes I read the books online, since Mamma is very worried about the memory on her computer. I haven't recently, though...I did download D'Ooge, Collar and Daniell, and John W. White, so they've kept me pretty busy. <br /><br />Keesa
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby mingshey » Sat Aug 30, 2003 1:01 am

I'm downloading everything twice. In my office, for reading and printing, and home for preserving. I'm going to save them all in a CD later.
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby MDS » Sat Aug 30, 2003 3:29 am

This is a very good idea Jeff!<br />So far in both the all-time downloads and the top downloads of the week out of 10 books, 6 are Greek and 4 Latin. Interesting to see if that will change in the upcoming weeks with Smyth, Conybear and Strong added! Personally I've downloaded everything on here...(D'oge 5 times, 5 different computers) ;D<br />
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby Nihil » Sun Aug 31, 2003 6:04 am

I think that it's a very good idea too and useful. :)
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby tdominus » Sun Aug 31, 2003 8:20 am

[quote author=jeff link=board=6;threadid=567;start=0#5092 date=1062174693]<br />it's pretty neat. Especially since way back when having just 3000 downloads seemed pretty cool.<br /><br />keep in mind however that the definition of a download is somewhat vague. All it technically means is that a visitor opened the PDF file. It does not mean that the visitor downloaded the file fully and our bandwidth consumption suggests that most downloads are partial becasue visitors naturally like to check them out and also use them as online reference.<br /><br /><br />[/quote]<br />Also people using download managers such as Getright will do several partial file downloads rather than one whole file download.
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby mariek » Thu Sep 04, 2003 6:32 pm

[quote author=jeff link=board=6;threadid=567;start=0#5092 date=1062174693]<br />keep in mind however that the definition of a download is somewhat vague. All it technically means is that a visitor opened the PDF file. [/quote]<br /><br />Then the numbers are a bit "inflated". I guess there is no way to distinguish between opening a PDF file and downloading it? I was never fond of opening PDF files online, preferring to download them onto my hard drive so I can access anytime. But I understand that hard drive space might be a limiting factor for some people. <br />
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby Episcopus » Thu Sep 04, 2003 6:39 pm

'Twas never a competition really ;) Thanks jeff
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby klewlis » Fri Sep 05, 2003 1:07 am

[quote author=mariek link=board=6;threadid=567;start=0#5318 date=1062700356]<br /><br />Then the numbers are a bit "inflated". I guess there is no way to distinguish between opening a PDF file and downloading it? <br />[/quote]<br /><br />This can be done, if Jeff is so inclined. You would simply have two separate buttons--one to view the pdf, and one to download without opening. The view one would just open normally in the browser as they do now, and the download one could run through a download script instead of opening in the browser. Then he could count/track just the ones that go through the download script...<br /><br />might be kind of a pain to implement, though, depending on how it is currently set up. :)
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Re:top downloads of the week

Postby Jeff Tirey » Fri Sep 05, 2003 12:15 pm

I have seriously thought about creating two buttons - but not really for counting downloads but to save bandwidth. I think many users open the file in their browser and then are not sure how to download it using the Acrobat Reader plugin, all the while the file is loading.<br /><br />I don't think it's that inflated, just fuzzy. ALSO we get tons of traffic directly to the files and none of this is counted, so that balances it out I think.<br /><br />The whole download thing for me is really just a measure of activity and a way to provide some feedback to visitors about what books are popular and worth looking at.
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