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[WEBALIZER] Can you explain statistics to me briefly?
Webalizer is a program available on your hosted site that allows you to analyze and convert the log files from our web server. as HMTL files. The result is presented in a simple format supplemented with graphics, which makes it easy to analyse them. Annual, monthly, daily and hourly statistics are shown by site, by http address, by reference site and by country.
Webalizer produces reports in HTML format with graphics files for each past month. On top of that, a summary page is generated for the current month and the 12 previous months. The index shows a summary for 12 months.
Presentation of different results:
Each request sent to the server is saved. This is a hit.
These requests may be html pages, graphics files, audio files, etc…
This figure corresponds to all the server requests.
Some requests to the server force it to send data in return, like a graphics or an html file.
When this happens, this request is recorded in the files category.
The difference between the hits and the files can be interpreted as incoming requests and outgoing data.
Counts the number of pages displayed on your site, the default extensions are .html,.html,.cgi.
This count does not include counts of display of graphics or sound files.
This counter may be called: pages viewed.
When a request is made to the server from an IP address, webalizer calculates the length of time since the last visit from this same IP.
If this time is not more than 30 minutes, the request is just counted as a hit and if it was more than 30 minutes ago the request is then counted as a hit and as a visit.
Each request coming from a computer with a fixed IP address is classed in this category. So you will have an estimate of visitors from fixed IP addresses.
Important! This category does not count dynamic IP addresses, i.e. people connected by modem or RNIS.
kb (kilobyte) gives the amount of data in kb that were sent by the server.
This calculation is made from the log files themselves which may result in some errors.
When you click a month you obtain the details for this month.
- Total hits
A hit is an HTML request, if a page contains 3 images and one text, it will result in 5 hits for each display, one for the page itself, one for the text and three for the images.
- Total files
Total files gives the number of files called; in the example shown this number would be 4, 3 images and the HTML file (text blocks not being files).
- Total pages
Total pages gives the number of pages displayed; each time the Internet user changes pages within the site an additional page is counted.
- Total Visits
Total visits gives the number of “unique” visits. A visit consists of several requests in succession from the same Internet user. A person who views ten pages counts as one visit. The interval is currently 30 minutes, i.e. if the same person returns to the site 50 minutes after their previous visit, webalizer will count one additional visit. The first page read is the entry page, the last page is the exit page.
- Total KB
Number of kilobytes of information during the time interval. Each file is different in size, depending on the amount of information it contains. For example, one page which is 30 kb and contain 3 images of 50 kb each, will increase this total of 180 kb each time it's displayed.
- Total of unique sites
Total of unique sites gives the number of different origins for Internet users visiting the site. These are in fact the number of different IP connection addresses. Sometimes several Internet users have the same IP address, if for example they are connected to the Internet from within a company's IT network.
- Total unique URLs
Total of unique URLs gives the number of different “paths” used when visiting your site. In fact this number tracks each “hit” and so the paths to each file on the site are included.
- Total unique referrers
Total of unique referrers gives the overall number of unique referrers for the period. A referrer is a site that brought a visitor to your site by using a link. For example, if the website www.site1.com has a link to the site www.site2.com, and an Internet user uses this link, www.site1.com will then be counted as a referrer for www.site2.com. This information is of great interest in learning where Internet surfers who visit your site come from, or help you in particular to check your presence on different search engines.
Where do I find more information?
You will find more help on the “The Webalizer” site, available at http://www.webalizer.org/webalizer_help.html