Identifying Dynamic Pages
Note: This article describes advanced features not needed for most websites. For general information, see the Beacon Tracker Overview.
Some sites utilize query strings in the site URL to reference individual web pages rather than the typical 'folder' directories. For example:
www.company.com/ProductView?productId=4732 instead of www.company.com/Products/4732
By default, Act-On assumes a query string appended to your URL doesn't need to be tracked as a separate page since referral information is often passed via query strings (so you wouldn't want to count each unique query-string as a completely separate page). This behavior can be adjusted however.
If you want to track visits to dynamically-generated web pages (for example, your product catalog pages), you can specify the query parameters necessary to identify them.
Here is an example URL:
If the value productId determines the content served on the page, but date does not, then specifying productId will allow for correct page previews and tracking of page visits.
To specify these query parameters:
- Click on Inbound
- Select Website Prospector
- Click on More (top right side of the page).
- Choose Web Page Name Settings, then click Dynamic Pages.
In the Dynamic Web Pages window, enter each query parameter name, one per line, and click Submit. For instance, if you are hoping to capture individual visits to every productId in www.company.com/ProductView?productId=4732&date=20110502, since each product ID is a different product, you would provide productId in the Act-On Dynamic Pages option.