Information about the Usage Statistics
What are these reports counting?
These usage statistics are generated from the SCLS web server logs. They include information about what pages and files were requested from the web server. Please be aware that these numbers are NOT an accurate count of how many times people actually looked at your pages.
There are things that will inflate these statistics, as described in this paragraph from Things to Consider When Selecting a Web Traffic Analysis Tool from Sun.com's Dot-Com Builder:
Caching is another thing which can skew these statistics. Browsers automatically cache files when they are downloaded. ISPs can also cache files for their users. When a users views a cached file, a request is not made to the web server for that file. This means that users may have viewed your pages more times than the web server logs reflect. Any use of cached pages will not be included in these reports.
are more issues to consider, particularly if you are trying to determine
how many sessions or visits your site has had. How
the Web Works, part of the Analog documentation, gives a very
good introduction to all of these issues, and I would strongly recommend
that you read it before using these reports. It will help you understand
what these numbers mean.
Information on the reports
The reports were generated using Analog, a free software program. This software is highly customizable, and I have made some customizations to make the reports clearer:
For more information about website statistics, contact Stef Morrill.