Statistics tracking for a website

Many of you probably would like more detailed tracking of your website(s). It probably doesn’t come as a shock that Sitemeter just doesn’t provide enough information on the free end of things, and while it is not very expensive to pay for the premium account, you would like to have more control over the statistics and tracking of your websites (or blogs). In comes AWSTATS. AWSTATS is great utility that allows you to track site traffic to the Nth degree. Those that are familiar with Webalizer, can also appreciate the effort driven home by these two open-source programs. They are both free to download, but require a bit of tinkering and some permission issues from your hosting provider. If you can get those, have at it. Here’s an example of AWSTATS at BoingBoing.

  • How do these compare to the Urchin Tracking I’m already paying for? Better, worse, about the same? Do you think I would want both Urchin and one of these?

  • How do these compare to the Urchin Tracking I’m already paying for? Better, worse, about the same? Do you think I would want both Urchin and one of these?

  • darkmoon

    I’ve never seen Urchin Tracking. The couple of screenshots I saw (very tiny) didn’t impress me too much. I do know however that if you own your own server, these two are something that most administrators use. I know that every single person that runs a linux server runs at least Webalizer. The huge servers usually look to running awstats (like the BoingBoing site). If you’re paying for a business account that allows servers and you can install awstats, I would definitely recommend it.

  • darkmoon

    I’ve never seen Urchin Tracking. The couple of screenshots I saw (very tiny) didn’t impress me too much. I do know however that if you own your own server, these two are something that most administrators use. I know that every single person that runs a linux server runs at least Webalizer. The huge servers usually look to running awstats (like the BoingBoing site). If you’re paying for a business account that allows servers and you can install awstats, I would definitely recommend it.

  • Urchin isn’t worth the money. The free programs are great. I’m probably installing webalizer on the new server.

  • Urchin isn’t worth the money. The free programs are great. I’m probably installing webalizer on the new server.

  • darkmoon

    I think the issue is more on the side on if Billy actually owns his own server, or can install awstats and/or webalizer. While those are both very good programs and practically any administrator that I’ve known uses it, if you host your website with an ISP, there could be potential problems where Urchin or Sitemeter would be the fit. I don’t like paying anyone anything I can do myself, but some people don’t feel that way.
    If you actually want to put in a server somewhere, though Billy for cost sake, I’d be happy to help you out and write up a howto or whatever you need. Just depends on how you want to attack your technical problems.

  • darkmoon

    I think the issue is more on the side on if Billy actually owns his own server, or can install awstats and/or webalizer. While those are both very good programs and practically any administrator that I’ve known uses it, if you host your website with an ISP, there could be potential problems where Urchin or Sitemeter would be the fit. I don’t like paying anyone anything I can do myself, but some people don’t feel that way.
    If you actually want to put in a server somewhere, though Billy for cost sake, I’d be happy to help you out and write up a howto or whatever you need. Just depends on how you want to attack your technical problems.