View Full Version : what webpage statistics tool to use?

12-20-2005, 07:05 PM

I would like to check from time to time the pages that visitors at my website are viewing most, as well as their country (if possible).

Can any one tell me where could I download a free tool for that?


12-20-2005, 07:07 PM
What hosting service are you using? Some hosts include this already.

12-20-2005, 11:13 PM
Hi Cubalibre,

There are many, and you need to make a decision between server log analysis or client side data collection. Or do both. If you want country data you will certainly need client side data collection - stats generated by a script (usually javascript) on your pages, but this solution won't be able to gather data on spiders.

For a start, Google has recently released Urchin under the new brand of Google Analytics. That's cheap as free, and incredibly comprehensive, although under high demand so it can be slow and I suspect somewhat unreliable. Nothing else comes close to it for no money though (Urchin retailed for several hundred dollars before Google made it free).

Webaliser or AWstats are two more free packages (both server log analysis if I recall correctly) which are a little more readily understandable.

Web-stat (www.web-stat.com) gets my vote though, for usability and quality of data. Cost $4 to $9 per month depending on the package you go for, and has everything you could ever want without being overwhelming.

I wouldn't rely on a hosts own stats, I have found them to be inadequate in terms of the options you get and generally pretty slow to use. of course that could just be the hosts I've picked in the past.

Hope that helps,

12-21-2005, 01:05 AM
Thank you very much for your replies guys!

I am running my own server at home, and before I posted here I made a search at sourceforge.com for this kind of tools, I did find lots of them, that's actually why I asked what you would recommend.

I guess now, it's just a matter of choosing the one that suits my objectives better. :thumbsup:

12-21-2005, 04:25 PM
I use Fstats (http://floatstats.sf.net/). I'd recommend staying away from it until version 1.0, when it'll be feature complete.

For those interested, you can take a peek at http://geoffers [dot] uni [dot] cc/fstats/

12-21-2005, 04:43 PM
I just use my hosts built in one for the time being.

Geoffers, you're pimping your own stuff again :D

12-21-2005, 05:02 PM
Geoffers, you're pimping your own stuff again :D
Sod. Well at least I'm normally only pimping Ryan's (skyzyx) stuff.

12-21-2005, 06:41 PM
You could try http://www.google.com/analytics/

Or if you're hosting yourself I recommend http://awstats.sourceforge.net

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