Website statistics monitoring number of hits and visitors.

Posted on 2008-11-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a hosting service that I have about 7 clients individual websites on. I currently can monitor the number of hits/visitors/bandwidth/etc through my main cpanel. I have a client who's webmaster wants to be able to track the visitors (to only their domain) and I will not give him my main access cpanel because that will give access to all the domains hosted on that server. Is there a script that I can install under their domain that will allow him to log in and track this information without giving him access to my entire hosting service?
Question by:bbrunning
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    by:Ryan Chong
    what web server is you using to host your websites?

    you may try AWstats:
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    Google analyticsis an amazing tool that should help:

    It is not hard to set up at all, but will need a little work on his/her end.

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    I decided to use webalizer. I enabled it through my hosting company and had to use ssh to set everything up.
    ryancys: awstats only works for an entire system unless you have full control over a hosting service, but thanks for the attemp.
    locotechcj: google analyticsis is horrible and does nothing like what I was asking. It's more of a test program for generating hits and advertisements.

    Thanks for the tries though.
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    I agree that Webalizer is a great tool as well and will probably fulfill part of your needs for hits, visitors, and bandwidth.  But I think you underestimate the usefulness of Google Analytics. It is not simply for ads and generating hits, although it does that very well.  You'll find that, if using both GA and Webalizer, you'll get completely different numbers. This is a good thing, because they work two ends of the spectrum. Google keeps track of specific visitors and users' locals better than Webalizer because it takes advantage of cookies, whereas Webalizer gives you a raw number of hits, regardless of who or what hit (Including robots and "page not found" hits).  If your looking for stats that matter, that you can use to determine business decisions, I would go with GA any day.  But then again, I use both. Webalizer can track unique visitors, sort of, but makes a lot of assumptions to do so.  It shows server logs very well. Google is better at your site's usage.  The downside of Google is that the few users who choose to disable cookies are not tracked.  So, for what it's worth, I think both are necessary to get a better picture of your website statistics.   I would not rely solely on either, but recommend taking advantage of both, especially considering they are free to use.


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