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Reporting / Stats add-on that doesn't need cookies?

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Is anyone aware of a reporting / stats add-on (not necessarily OCP-specific) that does not require cookies?  I would like to have some idea of the flow different users take through my site pages, but for personal reasons have decided not to use cookies on the site at all (or at least require them).  I don't use Google Analytics and am basically relying on the basic reporting in OCP and AWStats from my hosting provider to get me some idea of what pages are being hit, but it would be nice to know what entry points people are using and how they progress through the site.

If any of that is possible without cookies that is.  :)

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They could use HTML5 local storage instead of cookies, but I suspect browsers (if they support it!) would have similar security provisions to cookies, as it's a very similar thing.

They could use AJAX to ping the stats server on things but that'd require a relay/config installed on the server because AJAX isn't by default allowed to go cross-domain. Given it's more complex to code, and deploy, I doubt this is common.

They could just analyse raw logs and make assumptions about hits being from the same user, based on the same IP and useragent being used across multiple hits. I suspect there are systems that do this, and it probably works pretty well.

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