How to track user's navigation (or footprints) path through a website

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So we plan to track a user's activity within our website which are in PHP. What we want to know is track a unique session for a user from the time he first visits a page in our site, the pages he visited next, and visited last.

Some kind of tracking his footprint through our site. We actually have identified 2 methods:
  • using a custom PHP code
  • analytics.js

We find analytics.js too much for this (and my take more time to setup including time for our Internal Team to familiarize/learn the tool). Considering what we need is just getting the timelogs of the user's session.

So we'll most likely be going with a custom code added to each of the pages that need tracking. This script will do the following:

  • we will be pasting code snippets to pages that need tracking
  • generate a unique session ID once he lands on any of the tracked pages
  • records the activity on a database
  • create an admin dashboard to visualize each of the user's activity, just a simple UI to showing the timelogs and pages visited

That's our plan so just wondering:


  • Is the above method acceptable?
  • Are there any other alternatives that what was described above?

Thanks in advance SEO Mastering community!


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