Page Requests - Page Groups Report
More often than not administrators may be interested to extract the information on the page groups that are taking too long to load, the page groups that are affecting the user experience and the page groups that are more popular among the users besides knowing the overall performance of the page groups in a web site/web application. Say for example, if an e-commerce web site administrator needs to figure out the most popular page group in his/her web site/web application and the page group that is taking too long to load, then the Page Groups report provided by the eG Reporter is the best bet for him/her to rely upon. This report helps administrators to analyze the past performance trends of the page groups in the target web site/web application and figure out te answers to the following questions:
- Which are the page groups that are taking too long to load?
- Are the page groups loading slower than normal inspite of a constant page views over a period of time?
- Is the slowness of the page groups consistent over a period of time or is it sporadic? If the slowness is attributed as sporadic, what is the real reaon behind the slowness – is it due to the frontend time, network time or the backend time?
To generate this report, do the following:
- Login to eG Reporter.
- Follow the menu sequence: REPORTS BY FUNCTION -> RUM Reports -> Page Requests-> Page Groups.
- When Figure 1 appears, first indicate the Report Type to be generated. To generate the report in a tabular format, choose the Data option. For a graphical representation of the report, select the Graph option.
- Select the service from the Service list box for which the report is to be generated.
The Component list will then be populated with the components that are associated with the chosen Service. Select a component of your choice from this list.
- If you have chosen to generate a graphical report, then a Measure list box will appear using which you can select a measure for which the graph needs to be generated.
- By default, the report provides the details of only the Top-10 page groups in the chosen Component. You can choose a different top-n option from the Show Top list, if need be.
- If you have chosen to generate the report in a tabular format by selecting Data from the Report Type list, then a Based on measure list will appear. Selecting a measure of your choice from this list will ensure you that the generated report is sorted based on the chosen measure.
- From the Page Group list, you can choose the page group for which you wish to generate the tabulate report. By default, All option will be displayed in this list.
Provide a report Timeline. You can either select a fixed timeline such as 1 hour, 2 days, etc., or choose the Any option from the Timeline list, and then provide a From and To date/time for report generation.
For every user registered with the eG Enterprise system, the administrator can indicate the maximum timeline for which that user can generate a report. Once the maximum timeline is set for a user, then, whenever that user logs into eG Reporter and attempts to generate a report, the Timeline list box in the report page will display options according to the maximum timeline setting of that user. For instance, if a user can generate a report for a maximum period of 3 days only, then 3 days will be the highest option displayed in the Timeline list - i.e., 3 days will be the last option in the fixed Timeline list. Similarly, if the user chooses the Any option from the Timeline list and proceeds to provide a start date and end date for report generation using the From and To specifications, eG Enterprise will first check if the user's Timeline specification conforms to his/her maximum timeline setting. If not, report generation will fail. For instance, for a user who is allowed to generate reports spanning over a maximum period of 3 days only, the difference between the From and To dates should never be over 3 days. If it is, then, upon clicking the Run Report button a message box will appear, prompting the user to change the From and To specification.
In addition to the settings discussed above, this report comes with a set of default specifications. These settings are hidden by default. If you do not want to disturb these default settings, then you can proceed to generate the report by clicking the Run Report button soon after you pick a Measure. However, if you want to view and then alter these settings (if required), click on the icon. The default settings will then appear in the MORE OPTIONS drop down window (see Figure 2). The steps below discuss each of these settings and how they can be customized.
If the timeline specified for the report needs to exclude the data collected during the Weekends, then set Exclude weekends to Yes. If not, select No.
By default, the weekend constitutes Saturday and Sunday. To override this default setting, do the following:
- Edit the eg_report.ini file in the <eg_install_dir>\manager\config directory.
- In the [RUM_REPOTRS] section of the file, the EXCLUDE_WEEKEND parameter is set to Saturday, Sunday by default. You can modify this by setting the EXCLUDE_WEEKEND parameter to a comma-separated list of other days of the week - say Friday, Saturday.
- Save the file after making the required changes.
- Next, specify the start time and end time for report generation against the Time period field.
In large environments, reports generated using months of data can take a long time to complete. Administrators now have the option of generating reports on-line or in the background. When a report is scheduled for background generation, administrators can proceed with their other monitoring, diagnosis, and reporting tasks, while the eG manager is processing the report. This saves the administrator valuable time. To schedule background processing of a report, you can either select the Background Save - PDF option or the Background Save - CSV option from the Report Generation list. In this case, a Report Name text box will appear, where you would have to provide the name with which the report is to be saved in the background. To process reports in the foreground, select the Foreground Generation - HTML option from this list.
- The Report Generation list will appear only if the EnableBackgroundReport flag in the [BACKGROUND_PROCESS] section of the eg_report.ini file (in the [EG_INSTALL_DIR]\manager\config directory) is set to Yes.
- The default selection in the Report Generation list will change according to the Timeline specified for the report. If the Timeline set is greater than or equal to the number of days specified against the MinDurationForReport parameter in the [BACKGROUND_PROCESS] section of the eg_report.ini file, then the default selection in the Report Generation list will be Background Save - PDF. On the other hand, if the Timeline set for the report is lesser than the value of the MinDurationForReport parameter, then the default selection in the Report Generation list will be Foreground. This is because, the MinDurationForReport setting governs when reports are to be processed in the background. By default, this parameter is set to 2 weeks - this indicates that by default, reports with a timeline of 2 weeks and above will be processed in the background.
Finally, click the Run Report button to generate the report.
- Figure 3 will then appear showing a bar graph that lists the Top-10 page groups whose average page load time was high. This graph helps administrators to identify the page group that had taken too long to load.
If Data is chosen from the Report Type list and Page views is chosen from the Based on Measure list, then a table as shown in Figure 4 will appear listing the page groups whose page views were high irrespective of taking too long to load. Using this report, administrators may figure out the page group that is more popular among the users and figure out the actual reason behind the longer than usual page load time.