The Smartsource Data Collector
When implementing Webtrends tagging, a Smartsource Data Collector is also required. This dedicated collection server will receive the 1×1 pixel gif request and pull all of the information attached and log it to file. Information on installation and system requirements can be found here.
You may already be using an older version of the Webtrends tag. If so, there are more than a few reasons to upgrade.
The V10 Tag
The v10 tag has many improvements that give it major advantages over the previous releases. Principally, the V10 tag is asynchronous vs the synchronous nature of V9 and previous versions. How does that matter? With the V9 tag, you had to place the include at the bottom of the page, as any delay in the processing of the the gif image (poor network speed, traffic, etc) would cause the page to delay loading until it was finished. The V10 tag is asynchronous, so when placed in the head of the file, it goes about it’s job while allowing the rest of your page and scripts to function.
With the V10 tag there are also much more robust customization options available. You have the ability to utilize a single configuration point for all pages on a site, versus the previous method of having to update each individual page if you want to change a configuration. The asynchronous nature also allows you to create your own plugins that can perform tasks such as gathering additional data to be included with the tracking beacon.
With the V10 tag, there have also been security updates. All traffic on the internet should now be utilizing an SSL certificate. It’s become a must. As such, the V10 tag defaults to utilizing SSL protocols to connect to the SDC and sets the secure flag on cookies where it can.