For an upcoming site build, I'm going to need to capture information on every page load for a number of sections. These will be pages based on standard entries, so I'd prefer to use traditional routing (so not handled through a custom controller). There will probably be three different sections that will each have the same information captured when the page is loaded – basically just a list of categories so we can track the most popular type of content and display it as a dashboard widget.

At first I assumed I could do this with an event, but it doesn't look like there are any events for a page being loaded. I'm currently thinking that I use JavaScript to fire an AJAX request to a plugin and send the data along. This will work, but generate extra page loads. I'm thinking it'd be more efficient if I could keep everything server side.

Is there some way to do this that I'm not seeing?


Add a init() method to your plugin and as long as it's installed and enabled, it'll be called on every request.

public function init()

    /* Do your stuff */

If you want it to only happen on front-end requests, you can use:

if (craft()->request->isSiteRequest()) { ... }
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    +1 Read my mind, great answer. Definitely heed the isSiteRequest advice... there are probably a lot of Craft requests in which you wouldn't want to trigger your behavior. – Lindsey D Apr 20 '16 at 18:07
  • Perfect, thank you! EDIT: Sorry, I was asking more about the craft()->request stuff, but I just confirmed that it can do what I need. Thanks again! – Gavin Anderegg Apr 20 '16 at 18:34
  • I also check to see that I'm in a specific page in the control panel sometimes like this. $pattern = '/mycraftplugin\/subpage$/'; $isCorrectSubpagePage = preg_match($pattern, craft()->request->requestUri ); // if we are in the control panel on the banner upload page, if ( craft()->request->isCpRequest() && $isCorrectSubpagePage ) { ... do something } – John Morton Apr 21 '16 at 15:23

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