How to Read Webalizer Stats
Web Statistics Explanation
Before I get into the details lets note that if you scroll down the
stats page and look at the breakdown you can tell basically the 3 most
important pieces of info:
Now, to get into the details:
- what pages people are mainly viewing (total URLs) - i.e. what people
want to see;
- what pages have LINKs to your site (total sites) - i.e. what other
web sites have links to you (including search sites like google);
- when they are viewing them (time of day and day of month.
Lets say I have 1 web page (i.e. html page) with 3 graphics on it (i.e.
If I visit that web page 1 time I generate the following stats:
pages = 1 (1 html page)
files = 3 (3 gifs)
hits = 4 (1 html page + 3 gifs)
Lets say I hit the refresh key 1 time, my stats change to:
pages = 2 (1 html page visited twice)
files = 6 (3 gifs each used twice)
hits = 8 (1 html page + 3 gifs all used twice)
the total KBYTES is of course just the total number of kilobytes
transferred during the month
visits = the number of different IP addresses (basically COMPUTERS) used
to visit your site - i.e. if I load 1 page 5 times from 1 computer I am
still 1 computer visiting your site
unique sites = the number of different hostnames unique users who visit
the site - i.e. unique visitors. This is similar the the number of
VISITS - but is slightly larger because the hostname may vary slightly.
They are listed further down the stats page.
unique urls = unique file paths visited on your site (i.e. includes
images) - i.e. similar to HITS above, but this is UNIQUE (each only
counted once - i.e. the number of html pages plus graphics on your site)
unique referrers = this means the number of different web pages which
have a LINK to your site which was used. THey are listed further down
the stats page.
unique username = people who have logged in to the site with a username
unique user agents = the different BROWSERS used to visit your site -
including different VERSIONS of each browser (i.e. netscape 1.0 vs.
Hope this make sense, it is complicated. Please ask for further
clarification if any part doesn't make sense.
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