You have 2 stats pages; the current
month and last month, both linked off of the "view stats" section of your
Last month's stats:
Note: The character l in the
filename stats.lmonth.html is the letter L not 1; it stands for
The following will help you interpret
your stats page. It seems confusing at first, but once you get used to
using this powerful page, you will find the stats page to be a powerful
Summary (Top of page
The following are in the summary found
at the top of the stats.html page.
- Total successful
Explanation: Tells how many
actual requests have been processed for your site. A request comes by the
act of someone pulling up your page(s) on their browser. A request for
one page might invoke several other requests, such as requests for the
graphics that appear on that page. So if you have a page with 6 graphics
on it and someone pulls it up, it will 'tick' off 6 requests; one for
your page and 5 for the graphics.
- Average successful
requests per day
Just as it says, this is your
average successful requests per day.
- Total successful
requests for pages
This refers specifically to
requests for your pages (.html, .htm files) and does not include graphics,
which, as explained above, count as more requests.
- Average successful
requests for pages per day
The daily average of
successful requests for your pages (.htm, .html files).
- Total Failed
This shows requests that time
out as well as images and pages that did not come up when requested. A
large number of these might indicate that your images are too large and
slow to load.
- Total redirected
Indicates that the page came
up via a different URL (such as a META tag redirecting the visitor to the
- Number of distinct files
This is exactly what it
says; indicates how many different files were requested.
- Number of distinct hosts
How many different domains
your visitors have come from.
- Corrupt logfile
Has to do with the function of
a script that writes to your log file, and does not indicate any problems
with your site.
- Total data
This number is what your
billing is based on. You can tell if you are in your monthly limits by
checking this number.
- Average data transferred
Indicates your daily data
The Daily Summary will give you a
picture of which days most of your traffic is coming in. This is a good
gauge, depending on what audience you are targeting with your site. Are
you targeting businesses that are typically open Monday through
Friday? This graphical representation will give you a picture of when
your visitors are on your site.
The hourly summary is a good way in
guessing what time zone(s) the majority of your visitors are viewing your
site from. Are the most visits coming between 5AM and 2PM? This
indicates that your visitors are either early risers, or are viewing from
the East Coast. 4 PM to 12 AM? Maybe a band of insomniacs are looking at
your site, but more than likely, they are in European countries.
The Domain Report indicates how many
different domains your visitors are coming from to visit your site.
The Directory Report shows you how
much traffic is going to each directory, with the directory receiving the
most traffic on top, in ascending order.
The Request Report
The item you probably want to find out
about the most is at the very end of this report--"how many hits am I
getting?" The top information is deceiving; to get a more accurate
picture of how many visitors you are receiving, scroll down to the
Request Report section. You will be presented with a table headed
with #reqs: %bytes: file. The files are listed by number of requests,
starting with the file receiving the most hits on top, and descending to
the file receiving the least amount of requests.
A request is merely a term for someone
bringing up a page in his or her browser. This one 'click' from a user
may invoke other requests -- requests for graphics which are on that page,
and so forth. You may notice that your graphics (gifs and jpgs seem to be
getting more hits than most of your pages The most common explanation for
this phenomenon is that these particular graphics are used on multiple
The request report will show you how
visitors are entering your site. For example, most want their visitors
entering through the 'front door' (the home page, index.html). Is your
home page at the top of that request list (receiving the largest number of
requests?). In the request report, your home page is the one listed as:
If this is at the top of the list with
the most requests, this is an indication that visitors are entering your
site via the homepage. Are they coming in through a 'back' door
somewhere? You might be linked from somewhere else to that particular
page or directory if that is the case.
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