Simple realtime web counter

This example show how we can combine 2-3 "things" and make useful key names.

Suppose we want to put sign on every page on our website that say:
"This page was visited 45 times today, with 5 different browsers!"

To do so, we combine date using PHP function "date('Ymd')" and md5 sum of current URL. For the browser we do a set with md5 sums of the http_user_agents.

Because we are counting anyway, we will add visits history, in $userkey_glob. We do not use it here, but we keep it for information anyway.

To keep it simple, this example DO NOT deal with unique visitors, just with page views.

All combined should look like this:

$r = new Redis();
$r->connect("", "6379");

$d   = date("Ymd");

$userkey_ua   = "stats:" . $d . ":ua:"  . md5($URL);
$userkey_url  = "stats:" . $d . ":url:" . md5($URL);
$userkey_glob = "stats:" . $d;

$r->sadd($userkey_ua, md5($UA));

// Optionally set expire 25 hours from now one, 
// to be sure will be available until tomorrow.
$r->expire($userkey_ua,   3600 * 25);
$r->expire($userkey_url,  3600 * 25);
// we want $userkey_glob to expire in 32 days
$r->expire($userkey_glob, 3600 * 24 * 32);

// Somewhere at the end of the page...

echo sprintf(
	"This page was visited %d times today, with %d different browsers!",

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Redis connection note

The example uses generic connection to the Redis server. To make the example work with our service you will need to use code similar to this one:

// change these parameter according to the information in your instance list
$host = '';
$port = 1234;
$password = 'somehashcode';
$db = 0;

$r = new Redis();
$r->connect($host, $port);

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