Configure own tracking objects

For configuring your own tracking objects, you just need a bit Setup-TypoScript. The TypoScript-Definition is separated in two parts, which must be placed in the Root-Template.

First we have the definition of the type. The type definition is required for teaching the backend module, that there is a new tracking object. It registers a select box entry an so on. A type definition for our Questions/FAQ extension looks like:

plugin.tx_viewstatistics.settings.types {
    # The following key must be equal
    # with the database table name
    # of object which we want to track
    tx_questions_domain_model_question {
        # The following label will be used for:
        # Select boxes, Table header, and more
        label = Questions/FAQ
        # This field identifier referes to the
        # database field, which content should 
        # be used for displaying tracking rows
        # in the backend
        field = title
        # The repository setting points to a
        # Repository class (including namespace),
        # which is used to selecting data in the
        # backend module
        repository = CodingMs\Questions\Domain\Repository\QuestionRepository
        # Extension key of the tracking object.
        # If the tracking object is a part of the
        # TYPO3 core, just enter `core`.
        extensionKey = questions

Secondly we have the object definition. The object definition defines what request parameters should create a tracking information.

Therefore we have a look at our query parameter, which looks for our example like this ?tx_questions_questions[question]=1&tx_questions_questions[action]=show&cHash=fb3dd90304ba52588593187b1c8aac3d. The important part for us is the parameter, which contains the uid of the record we want to track - this is tx_questions_questions[question]=1.

A object definition for our Questions/FAQ extension looks like:

plugin.tx_viewstatistics.settings.objects {
    // First we have main variable of the parameter
    tx_questions_questions {
        // Next the array key of the parameter
        question {
            # The label is also used for:
            # Select boxes, Table header, and more
            label = Questions/FAQ
            # The table contains the database table
            # which is related to the parameter uid
            table = tx_questions_domain_model_question
            # The title contains the database field
            # name, from which the title should be
            # read.
            title = title

Finally you must ensure, that this new configuration is also available for the backend module:

module.tx_viewstatistics < plugin.tx_viewstatistics

If you like to examine some more configuration examples, take a look into the ext_typoscript_setup.txt in the root path of the view_statistics extension.