» Where to start
To view your web statistics, visit your admin section found at www.yoursite.com/admin/.
Log on using the username and password provided by emphasys. Click on the stats button at the top
right of the page.
Emphasys uses a customized version of Webalizer to generate web statistics, which are updated nightly, beginning at 2am CST.
» Terms referenced in your Statistics
Each request made to your web server which is logged, is considered a "hit".
The requests can be for anything... html pages, graphic images, audio
files, CGI scripts, etc. A visitor who requests a single web page on your site will typically generate multiple "hits" (one for the HTML file, and one for each individual graphic on your page). 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 your website 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".
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 items that
are referenced. 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. We define other extensions, such as ".php", ".x" and others
as pages as well. This is one of the more important statistics about your site activity, and is frequently referred to as "Pageviews".
Whenever a request is made to your website from a certain IP address
(site), the amount of time since a previous request by that address
is calculated. If the time difference is greater than a
pre-configured "visit timeout" value (or the visitor 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). Our default timeout value is 30
minutes, 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
legitimate page requests. Due to the limitations
of the HTTP protocol, log rotations and other factors, this number
should not be taken as absolutely accurate, but rather a pretty close "guess".
Each request made to the server comes from a unique "site" or machine, which can
be referenced by a name or an IP address. The "sites"
number shows how many unique IP addresses made requests to your website
during the reporting time period. This does not indicate the number of
unique individual users (real people) that visited, but it's a relatively good estimate that is usually on the low side.
The KBytes (kilobytes) value shows the amount of data, in KB, that
was sent out by your website during the specified reporting period. In
general, this should be an accurate representation of the amount
of outgoing traffic your website generated. Your monthly web hosting billing amount is based on traffic, so in general, it's best to keep your pages and graphics as small as possible.
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 pages
are used to enter your site, and what the last pages viewed were during a typical visit.
Because of limitations in the HTTP protocol, log rotations, etc.,
this number should be considered a good "rough guess" of the actual
numbers. It's a good indication of the overall trend in
how users come into, and exit, your site.
» Detailed data
The first page you will see will have a graphical representation of your year summary statistics. From the year summary screen, click on any month name (underlined, on the left) to view a more detailed analysis of your website for a particular month.
- Hits by response code
Whenever you receive a hit to your web page, our server generates a code indicating problems or a successful page view.
- Daily Stats
The monthly stats are divided into daily totals. The weekends are highlighted in green.
- Hourly Stats
This shows an average of the monthly statistical information divided by the hours of the day.
- Top URLs
The most popular pages of your site are listed here.
- Top URLs by Kbytes
This list rates your pages by the amount of data that is sent on that page. Provided a good indication of where you can cut load times and files sizes on your site.
- Entry Pages
These are the most popular pages on which people enter your site.
- Exit Pages
These are the most popular pages people leave your site from.
The IP addresses of your visitors are are listed.
- Sites by Kbytes
This list organizes your visitor IP addresses by amount of data that is exchanged between the site and that IP address.
This shows the most popular links to your site from other websites.
- Search Strings
Here you can find the most popular words people use in search engines to find your site.
Contact Emphasys for more informtion about how to optimize your site for search engines.
- User Agents
This is a list of the most common browser types people are using to view your site.
- Total Countries
Find the country most of your visitors are from with this list. Best guess based on IP name resolution.
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