ExpressionEngine® 3 User Guide

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Hit Tracking

Control Panel Location: Settings ‣ Hit Tracking

This section of the Control Panel allows you to define preferences for various tracking features of ExpressionEngine. Adjustments to these settings can help decrease resource usage if you are not utilizing the features, as well as help you manage extreme traffic events.

Permission Restrictions

  • Access settings: General Settings


Enable online user tracking?

If enabled, online user statistics are tracked and the user-based variables in the Statistics module are available for use.

Enable template hit tracking?

When set to “Yes”, hits to your templates will be tracked in your database on each page load.

Enable entry view tracking?

When set to “Yes”, you can utilize the Entry “Views” Tracking Tag feature of the Channel module.

Suspend threshold?


Online User Tracking must be enabled for this feature to work, or the information will not be available to ExpressionEngine to determine your site’s traffic.

If a value is provided for this setting, when the number of “online visitors” exceeds that value, all of the above tracking features will be temporarily disabled until the number of online visitors drops below the indicated value. Recommended values for this feature will vary based on your hosting environment. Check with your server administrator to discuss reasonable limits for your site.