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Two ways of statistical tracking are provided free with your hosting account. AWSTATS and Webalizer.  Both programs are accessed by clicking on the STATS icon in your control panel (newer versions of the control panel use AWSTATS and WEBALIZER icons instead of STATS).  We recommend AWSTATS, which produces the most user friendly and detailed analysis of how many people who have visited your site, and how they arrived.  AWSTATS produces a nice variety of charts and graphs about who has visited your site, which keywords a user entered into popular search engines to find your site (referrals), defines link referrals from other sites, entry/exit pages, most popular pages/files, and geographical areas.  Below is the menu describing all of the information you'll find in your statistics program, along with statistic definitions and a graphic visual of the summary portion of the stats program.

Statistics of:

Monthly history
Days of month
Days of week
Full list
Full list
Last visit
Unresolved IP Address
Authenticated users
Full list
Last visit
Robots/Spiders visitors
Full list
Last visit
Visits duration
Files type
Full list
Operating Systems
Referring search engines
Referring sites
Search Key phrases
Search Keywords
HTTP Error codes
Pages not found



Hits represent the total number of requests made to the server during the given time period (month, day, hour etc..).

Files represent the total number of hits (requests) that actually resulted in something being sent back to the user. Not all hits will send data, such as 404-Not Found requests and requests for pages that are already in the browsers cache.

Sites is the number of unique IP addresses/hostnames that made requests to the server. Care should be taken when using this metric for anything other than that. Many users can appear to come from a single site, and they can also appear to come from many ip addresses so it should be used simply as a rough gauge as to the number of visitors to your server.

Visits occur when some remote site makes a request for a page on your server for the first time. As long as the same site keeps making requests within a given timeout period, they will all be considered part of the same Visit. If the site makes a request to your server, and the length of time since the last request is greater than the specified timeout period (default is 30 minutes), a new Visit is started and counted, and the sequence repeats. Since only pages will trigger a visit, remotes sites that link to graphic and other non- page URLs will not be counted in the visit totals, reducing the number of false visits.

Pages are those URLs that would be considered the actual page being requested, and not all of the individual items that make it up (such as graphics and audio clips). Some people call this metric page views or page impressions, and defaults to any URL that has an extension of .htm, .html or .cgi.

A KByte (KB) is 1024 bytes (1 Kilobyte). Used to show the amount of data that was transferred between the server and the remote machine, based on the data found in the server log.

A Site is a remote machine that makes requests to your server, and is based on the remote machines IP Address/Hostname.

URL - Uniform Resource Locator. All requests made to a web server need to request something. A URL is that something, and represents an object somewhere on your server, that is accessible to the remote user, or results in an error (ie: 404 - Not found). URLs can be of any type (HTML, Audio, Graphics, etc...).

Referrers are those URLs that lead a user to your site or caused the browser to request something from your server. The vast majority of requests are made from your own URLs, since most HTML pages contain links to other objects such as graphics files. If one of your HTML pages contains links to 10 graphic images, then each request for the HTML page will produce 10 more hits with the referrer specified as the URL of your own HTML page.

Search Strings are obtained from examining the referrer string and looking for known patterns from various search engines. The search engines and the patterns to look for can be specified by the user within a configuration file. The default will catch most of the major ones. Note: Only available if that information is contained in the server logs.

User Agents are a fancy name for browsers. Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, etc.. are all User Agents, and each reports itself in a unique way to your server. Keep in mind however, that many browsers allow the user to change it's reported name, so you might see some obvious fake names in the listing. Note: Only available if that information is contained in the server logs.

Entry/Exit pages are those pages that were the first requested in a visit (Entry), and the last requested (Exit). These pages are calculated using the Visits logic above. When a visit is first triggered, the requested page is counted as an Entry page, and whatever the last requested URL was, is counted as an Exit page.