1) If the purpose is for his use only, couldn't he just use the web statistics that his host provides?
2) I do have a site where I track visits to specific pages, using some CF code and a MySQL datatbase. My experience is that this tracker also "counts" spider/crawler hits. Some of them I've been able to filter out with code that ignores certain HTTP_USER_AGENTs and REMOTE_ADDRs. Do web statistics count everything, including crawlers? This client is using GoDaddy hosting, if that helps at all. I have not yet used GoDaddy (I use HostMySite).
3) Is it possible to write a simple hit counter and keep track of the hits in a text file instead of a database? If so, I could use some general direction about how to create/edit the file (I'm using Dreamweaver, if that helps). I know that the file would reside on the server. Do I need to worry about someone hacking in to it?
4) What exactly is a "unique" visit? What is the criteria for defining unique? Specifically, I'm looking at the free counter by www.hitcounterland.com
. If I hit my site with the counter in it, it goes up by one, but as I continue to hit it, it doesn't change. So if I hit it tomorrow, will I be counted again? Or am I only counted once ever?