I am wanting to display a message when a visitor lands on the site for the first time.

I don't necessarily want to use browser cookies, but would if thats the only solution.

Ideally, would I be better off storing an IP of a visitor in the db?

Something to this effect:

{if first_visit}Welcome Message{/if}
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    Storing the IP address of every visitor for this purpose will not scale well. I'd recommend against -- cookies are the way to go. Commented Nov 30, 2012 at 17:27

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There is Show Once. It does use cookies, but other than that it is probably just what you are looking for.

From the add-on page:

Show Once is the module for ExpressionEngine 2 that allows showing certain content to a user only once (during their first visit). The content that you want to show needs to be wrapped in {exp:show_once:check} tag pair.

{exp:show_once:check code="twitter"}
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Another solution would be to use First-timer. It allows you to redirect a user to a certain page when they login for the first time.


To add my two cents: I had exactly the same issue as the OP, but am working on EE 3, where Show Once and First-timer are not ready.

I got around this by using:

  {if last_visit == "0"}Message{/if}

It works so far! Hope this is of help to someone.

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