This article contains a brief explanation of the terms used in the stats program.
To access your web stats, Login to the Control Panel, select the domain you wish to view, select Reports, then select Webalizer
The webalizer shows a over view Webalizer application shows an overview of each months month's statistics. If you click the month, you will get more detailed information about that month. Below you'll find some of the terms explained.
Any request made to the server which is logged, is considered a 'hit'. The requests can be for anything... html 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.
Some requests made to the server , require that the server then send something back to the requesting client, such as a html an 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 are, well, pages! Generally, any HTML document, or document—or anything that generates an HTML document, would document—would be considered a page. This does not include the other stuff files that goes goe 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' files 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 Some other programs—and people—refer to these as 'Pageviews'.
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).
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 increased (both for the site, and the IP address).
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.
Referrers are weird critters... ways in which people are sent to your website. They take many shapes and forms, which makes it much harder to analyse than a typical URL, which at least has some standardization. What is contained in the referrer field of your log files varies depending on many factors, such as what site did executed the referral, what type of system it comes from and how the actual referral was generated. Why is this? Well, because a user can get to your site in many ways... They may have your site book marked in their browser, they may simply type your sites URL field in their browser, they could have clicked on a link on some remote web page, or they may have found your site from one of the many search engines and site indexes found on the web.
1) Log files are finite in size and time interval, and 2) There is no way to distinguish multiple individual users apart given only an IP address. Because log files are finite, they have a beginning and ending, which can be represented as a fixed time period. There is no way of knowing what happened previous to this time period, nor is it possible to predict future events based on it. Also, because it is impossible to distinguish individual users apart, multiple users that have the same IP address all appear to be a single user , and are treated as such. This occurence is most common where corporate users sit behind a proxy/firewall to the outside world, and all requests appear to come from the same location (the address of the proxy/firewall itself). Dynamic IP assignment (used with dial-up internet accounts) also present a problem, since the same user will appear as to come from multiple places.
As another example, say a single user at XYZ company is surfing around your website.. They arrive at 11:52pm the last day of the month, and continue surfing until 12:30am, which is now a new day (in a new month). Since a common practice is to rotate (save then clear) the server logs at the end of the month, you now have the users visit logged in two different files (current and previous months). Because of this (and the fact that the Webalizer clears history between months), the first page the user requests after midnight will be counted as an entry page. This is unavoidable, since it is the first request seen by that particular IP address in the new month. For the most part, the numbers shown for visits, entry and exit pages are pretty good 'guesses', even though they may not be 100% accurate. They do provide a good indication of overall trends, and shouldn't be that far off from the real numbers to count much. You should probably consider them as the 'minimum' amount possible, since the actual (real) values should always be equal or greater in all cases.
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