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What is the effect of proxying and caching at the web server on analytics reports and figures?

I have an online resource that has recently been bogged down by traffic and I want to reduce dynamic generation by extensively using caching and proxying at the server level.

However I still want to have intact and sound analytics, especially of the kind of traffic we are receiving.

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migrated from serverfault.com Aug 17 '11 at 20:43

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If you are using a javascript based analytics system such as Google Analytics they will not impact your analytics at all. However, if you are using a server based system, such as analyzing your log files, any proxied content will not show in your logs, rendering them very unreliable.

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