jD Stats for Administrators [NEEDS REFS ETC]

Shows jD statistical information for administrators
The module has a panel of selectable tabs, as illustrated below, that will show statistical information about the Downloads and other tabs that provide simple access to various logs.  There is also a tab which shows some related web server php settings information important for jDownloads. Clicking on a tab shows the relevant information immediately below the set of tabs.  Various examples of the information shown are given later in this article.
The jDownloads admin stats module may be viewed in either, or both, the Joomla! Control panel or in the jDownloads Control Panel.
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There is a common setting, with a default value of 5, for the number of Downloads that are listed in the various  Downloads views.

Clicking on the links in the list below will take you direct to the relevant example.

  • Statistics - number of Downloads, Categories, how many published and so on.
  • Latest Downloads, lists the latest Download that have been added.
  • Popular Downloads, lists the most frequently downloaded Downloads.
  • Featured Downloads shows those Downloads that have been marked as featured.
  • Most Rated Downloads, these are Dowloads that have been given rating stars, admin stats star, by the most users.
  • Top Rated Downloads, these are those Downloads with the highest number of rating  stars, admin stats star, so those with 5 stars would be listed first.
  • Monitoring Logs, describes details about file and folder monitoring to form Categories and Downloads.
  • Restore Logs, information relating to use of the Rstore tool.
  • Installation Logs, this give system and other information each time Jdownloads is installed or updated.

Statistics Tab
The statistics tab gives details on the number of categories, number of Downloads, number published,list of tags in use and similar as illustrated opposite.
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Latest, Popular and Featured Downloads
These three views are quite similar as they show the Download Title, its Category and creation date.

The Latest view shows those Downloads that were recently created with those more recently created appearing highest in the listing. It also shows if the Download is Published.
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The Popular view shows those Downloads that have been downloaded the most times. 

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And the Featured view lists those Downloads that have been marked as Featured. admin statsfeatured
The Downloads are organised by date with most recent first.
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Top Rated and Most Rated

These give very similar information but are sorted on a different criterion.

As illustrated in the examples opposite, the top rated entries are sorted by the average rating whilst the most rated are sorted by the number of reviews.
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Logging Details
The logging statistics below are separate from the logging of Downloads used in conjunction with User Groups limit settings.
The Limits logging is accessible through the Logs item in the main control panel left hand side menu admin stats log limits
See the DOCUMENTATION for details on setting up Limits.

Monitoring Log

This log shows the results of using the Check Download Area on the jD Control panel.

It records both test runs and data runs.
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Restore Log

Installation Log

Each time jDownloads is installed or updated the the installation log saves details about:
  1. the Joomla! platform;
  2. various items of system information such as PHP and Joomla! versions;
  3. the jDownloads install or update details.
This information is helpful in diagnosing certain problems.
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 Server PHP Information
This tab shows information about PHP settings that are relevant to jDownloads.
Allowing file uploads and setting the maximum size of an upload are of obvious importance.  Note that there is a setting in User Groups Settings that also allows setiing a limit by User Group.  The maximum upload size then becomes the lowest of all the sizes.  Also it is very desirable that the Memory Limit is larger than the max_filesize and post_max_filesize settings.

The other two parameters that are significant are the time duration.  This becomes specifically important when using either the jDownloads Monitoring functions or the Files tab operations to create a significant number of Categories and Downloads.  Each item requires making multiple database entries, and more time is required if processing images.
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Installation and Configuration
The Statistics for Administrators module is automatically installed as part of installing the jDownloads component.

To change the settings first go to Extensions -  Modules, then select Administrator and search for jDownloads as illustrated opposite.

This shows two admin modules.  Click on jDownloads Stats for Administrators.
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On the left hand panel you are able to select which 'tabs' are to be shown.

Also in the 'Count' setting you can select how many Downloads are shown.

On the right hand panel you may select where the module is shown.  To show on the jDownloads Control Panel use the pulldown to select position jdcpanel.  To show on the main Joomla! Control Panel select cpanel.
If you wish to show on both then make a copy of the module, setting position jdcpanel in one version and cpanel in the other.
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Colin Mercer April 2019

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