Web Statistics

Webalizer Statistics

 

1. Click on the Webalizer Icon in your cPanel




2. Click on the VIEW link.



3. Your Webalizer statistics will appear in a new window: Click on the month you wish to display.

 

4. The full Webalizer will be displayed for the month: You can now select your subset data.

 

  • Main Headings

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

    Filesrepresent 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 browser's cache.

    Tip:By looking at the difference between hits and files, you can get a rough indication of repeat visitors, as the greater the difference between the two, the more people are requesting pages they already have cached (have viewed already).

    Sitesis 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.

    Visitsoccur when some remote site makes a request for apageon 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 sameVisit. 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 newVisitis started and counted, and the sequence repeats. Since onlypageswill 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 offalsevisits.

    Pagesare 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 metricpage viewsorpage impressions, and defaults to any URL that has an extension of.htm,.htmlor.cgi.

    AKByte(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.

     

  • Common Definitions

    ASiteis a remote machine that makes requests to your server, and is based on the remote machine's IP Address/Hostname.

    URL- Uniform Resource Locator. All requests made to a web server need to requestsomething. A URL is thatsomething, 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...).

    Referrersare 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 Stringsare 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 Agentsare a fancy name forbrowsers. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera etc, are allUser Agents, and each reports itself in a unique way to your server. Keep in mind however, that manybrowsersallow the user to change its 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/Exitpages are those pages that were the first requested in a visit (Entry), and the last requested (Exit). These pages are calculated using theVisitslogic above. When a visit is first triggered, the requested page is counted as anEntrypage, and whatever the last requested URL was, is counted as anExitpage.

    Countriesare determined based on thetop level domainof the requesting site. This is somewhat questionable however, as there is no longer strong enforcement of domains as there was in the past. A .COM domain may reside in the US, or somewhere else. A .IL domain may actually be in Israel, however it may also be located in the US or elsewhere. The most common domains seen are .COM (US Commercial), .NET (Network), .ORG (Non-profit Organization) and .EDU (Educational). A large percentage may also be shown asUnresolved/Unknown, as a fairly large percentage of dial-up and other customer access points do not resolve to a name and are left as an IP address.

 

If you require more advanced statistics and tracking you can use theSoftaculous script installerto installLogaholic,Piwik,Open Web Analyticsor you can sign up forGoogle Analytics.

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