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If you have chosen Webalizer as your usage reporting tool, the following information may assist in evaluating your usage statistics. You will find these statistics at http://www.yourdomain.com/usage.
  • Main Headings
    • Hits represent the total number of requests made to the server during the given time period (month, day, hour etc.).
    • Files represent the total number of hits (requests) that actually resulted in something being sent back to the user. Not all hits will send data, such as 404-Not Found requests and requests for pages that are already in the browsers cache.
    • Sites is the number of unique IP addresses/hostnames that made requests to the server. Care should be taken when using this metric for anything other than that. Many users can appear to come from a single site, and they can also appear to come from many ip addresses so it should be used simply as a rough guage as to the number of visitors to your server.
    • Visits occur when some remote site makes a request for a page on your server for the first time. As long as the same site keeps making requests within 30 minutes, they will all be considered part of the same Visit. If the site makes a request to your server, and the length of time since the last request is greater than 30 minutes, a new Visit is started and counted, and the sequence repeats. Since only pages will trigger a visit, remote sites that link to graphic and other non-page URLs will not be counted in the visit totals, reducing the number of false visits.
    • Pages are those URLs that would be considered the actual page being requested (.htm, .html, .cfm, .php, .pl or .cgi), and not all of the individual items that make it up (such as graphics and audio clips). Some people call this metric page views or page impressions.
    • A KByte (KB) is 1024 bytes (1 Kilobyte). Used to show the amount of data that was transfered between the server and the remote machine, based on the data found in the server log.
  • Common Definitions
    • A Site is a remote machine that makes requests to your server, and is based on the remote machines IP Address/Hostname.
    • URL - Uniform Resource Locator. All requests made to a web server need to request something. A URL is that something, and represents an object somewhere on your server, that is accessable to the remote user, or results in an error (ie: 404 - Not found). URLs can be of any type (HTML, Audio, Graphics, etc...).
    • Referrers are those URLs that lead a user to your site or caused the browser to request something from your server. The vast majority of requests are made from your own URLs, since most HTML pages contain links to other objects such as graphics files. If one of your HTML pages contains links to 10 graphic images, then each request for the HTML page will produce 10 more hits with the referrer specified as the URL of your own HTML page.
    • Search Strings are obtained from examining the referrer string and looking for known patterns from various search engines. The search engines and the patterns to look for can be specified by the user within a configuration file. Our default settings will catch most of the major ones.
    • User Agents are a fancy name for browsers. Netscape, Opera, Konqueror, etc.. are all User Agents, and each reports itself in a unique way to your server. Keep in mind however, that many browsers allow the user to change it's reported name, so you might see some obvious fake names in the listing.
    • Entry/Exit pages are those pages that were the first requested in a visit (Entry), and the last requested (Exit). These pages are calculated using the Visits logic above. When a visit is first triggered, the requested page is counted as an Entry page, and whatever the last requested URL was, is counted as an Exit page.
    • Response Codes are defined as part of the HTTP/1.1 protocol. These codes are generated by the web server and indicate the completion status of each request made to it.
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