Easy to use webstats

Dear Experts,

I am looking for an easy/quick way to record stats from my web pages (both static and dynamic database driven web pages).  The stats must be nice, easy to read/understand and preferable with charts.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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alain34Commented:
Hello narmi2,

Your best option is google analytics.
http://www.google.com/analytics

Regards,

alain34
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narmi2Author Commented:
Is it free?

Any screenshots of the results/stats?
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Loganathan NatarajanLAMP DeveloperCommented:
Try this,

http://awstats.sourceforge.net/

it is free and very useful
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narmi2Author Commented:
I already have awstats installed on the server.  Easy for me to understand, but I need to setup something easier/more attractive for the Marketing department to use as they find the results from awstats too complex.
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narmi2Author Commented:
So how are the stats recorded with google analytics?  Do they give you script to add to each of your pages?
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markgoodingCommented:
google analytics are pretty awesome. There is a small amount of javascript which you add to each page. The stats would be recorded by url, I believe so if the database driven pages contain AJAX you may not get all the detail you are looking for. However if the variables are passed in the URL it works well.

Has alsorts of useful stats included. Have a look at their tour: http://www.google.com/analytics/en-GB/features.html
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narmi2Author Commented:
I am amazed that google analytics is free!  Or is there are free version and a paid version where the free version is restricted some how?

Could someone please confirm if this is the case with google analytics.
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markgoodingCommented:
It is free. There is no paid version. But google is happy because it ties in quite nicely with their advertising service if you decide to use that.
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narmi2Author Commented:
Yes, I am planing to use the google ads too.  So, it seems that this could be my best option.  I will give it a try and get back to you.

However, before I register, does anyone have an example of the javascript they get you to add to your code?
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markgoodingCommented:

From the google help pages:

"Basic installation Copy and paste the code segment into the bottom of your content, immediately before the </body> tag of each page that you are planning to track. If you use a common include or template, you can enter it there.

You will need to update the "xxxx-x" in the sample above with your own Google Analytics account number. You can access your personalised tracking code in its entirety by following the instructions in Where can I find my tracking code?"
      <script type="text/javascript">
      var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
      document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));
      </script>
 
      <script type="text/javascript">
      var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-xxxxxx-x");
      pageTracker._initData();
      pageTracker._trackPageview();
      </script>

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narmi2Author Commented:
There is a limitation.  5,000,000 hits per month which can be listed if you do Google ads.
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