Website Statistics

All our websites come with basic Webalizer online website statistics. You should have received a link when we finalized your initial website design or hosting account. Click here to request the link to your online website statistics (remember to provide your website name).

Brief Explanations

Visits are the best indicator of how many unique people have been to your website.

Hits is a confusing and inflated number, you can probably disregard. Kbytes isn’t very relevant for most of our sites because our sites usually don’t use that much bandwidth.

Visits vs. pages give an idea of how many pages the average visitor is looking at (pagesdivided by visits = average number of pages viewed by a visitor).

Referrers are pages that your visitor was on before going to your page. Many times these have a link to your website. Sometimes they happened to be open when your visitor typed in your website name. Mostly, these will be pages within your own site, but you will also find search engines and other websites listed here. The higher up on the referrer list, the more often they referred visitors to your site.

Search strings give a listing of search terms that were used to find your site. You should see your key words in this list. If not, we should revisit the key words your site is targeting.

Detailed Explanations

Hits

Any request made to the server which is logged, is considered a ‘hit’. The requests can be for anything… html pages, graphic images, audio files, CGI scripts, etc… Each valid line in the server log is counted as a hit. This number represents the total number of requests that were made to the server during the specified report period.

Files

Some requests made to the server, require that the server then send something back to the requesting client, such as a html page or graphic image. When this happens, it is considered a ‘file’ and the files total is incremented. The relationship between ‘hits’ and ‘files’ can be thought of as ‘incoming requests’ and ‘outgoing responses’.

Pages

Pages are, well, pages! Generally, any HTML document, or anything that generates an HTML document, would be considered a page. This does not include the other stuff that goes into a document, such as graphic images, audio clips, etc… This number represents the number of ‘pages’ requested only, and does not include the other ‘stuff’ that is in the page. What actually constitutes a ‘page’ can vary from server to server. The default action is to treat anything with the extension ‘.htm’, ‘.html’ or ‘.cgi’ as a page. A lot of sites will probably define other extensions, such as ‘.phtml’, ‘.php3’ and ‘.pl’ as pages as well. Some people consider this number as the number of ‘pure’ hits… I’m not sure if I totally agree with that viewpoint. Some other programs (and people 🙂 refer to this as ‘Page views’.

Sites

Each request made to the server comes from a unique ‘site’, which can be referenced by a name or ultimately, an IP address. The ‘sites’ number shows how many unique IP addresses made requests to the server during the reporting time period. This DOES NOT mean the number of unique individual users (real people) that visited, which is impossible to determine using just logs and the HTTP protocol (however, this number might be about as close as you will get).

Visits

Whenever a request is made to the server from a given IP address (site), the amount of time since a previous request by the address is calculated (if any). If the time difference is greater than a pre-configured ‘visit timeout’ value (or has never made a request before), it is considered a ‘new visit’, and this total is incremented (both for the site, and the IP address). The default timeout value is 30 minutes (can be changed), so if a user visits your site at 1:00 in the afternoon, and then returns at 3:00, two visits would be registered.

Note: in the ‘Top Sites’ table, the visits total should be discounted on ‘Grouped’ records, and thought of as the “Minimum number of visits” that came from that grouping instead. Note: Visits only occur on Page Type requests, that is, for any request whose URL is one of the ‘page’ types defined with the Page Type option. Due to the limitation of the HTTP protocol, log rotations and other factors, this number should not be taken as absolutely accurate, rather, it should be considered a pretty close “guess.”

KBytes

The KBytes (kilobytes) value shows the amount of data, in KB, that was sent out by the server during the specified reporting period. This value is generated directly from the log file, so it is up to the web server to produce accurate numbers in the logs (some web servers do stupid things when it comes to reporting the number of bytes). In general, this should be a fairly accurate representation of the amount of outgoing traffic the server had, regardless of the web servers reporting quirks.

Note: A kilobyte is 1024 bytes, not 1000 bytes

Top Entry and Exit Pages

The Top Entry and Exit tables give a rough estimate of what URL’s are used to enter your site, and what the last pages viewed are. Because of limitations in the HTTP protocol, log rotations, etc… this number should be considered a good “rough guess” of the actual numbers, however will give a good indication of the overall trend in where users come into, and exit, your site.