Sometimes people ask us to put a hit counter on their website. That dates back to the early days. There are much better reporting features that a hit counter. Our website hosting comes with a full featured set of statistics that lets you monitor just about anything you would want to know. You can find out how many people are visiting, what days of the week, what hours of the day, where they came from, what they typed to find you, etc. It also provides a great way to monitor your online advertising dollars as you'll be able to tell exactly how many people came to your site from someone else's site. And if that isn't enough, we can install Google Analytics which even tracks some different trends and stats. Web Stats are updated daily and all history is retained making it an excellent comparitive tool.
Checking Your Stats
You can check web stats anytime you want just by logging into your control panel. To log into your control panel, open up a web browser and type "www.yourdomain.com/cpanel" into the address bar (replacing yourdomain.com with your website name). This should prompt you for your username and password. If you are unsure what that is, contact us.
Scroll down to the "Logs" section. These are all programs that will tell you information about your website traffic. I personally like and only use 'Awstats'. You are free to look at them all and find one you like too. Click the "Awstats" icon. Then click the magnifying glass icon next to your domain name. This will give you detailed stats of everything probably want to know about the traffic your website gets. On the left are a bunch of links and on the right, summary information that is based on the reporting period you choose from the top of the page. Have fun! The number of visits is how many visitors you are getting to the site. Unique Visitors are how many unique visitors came to your site. For instance, one person might "visit" your site several times that month, but it only gets counted as 1 "unique visitor" while maybe racking up 4 visits.
Hits vs. Visitors
Don't be misled! The word "hits" does NOT mean visitors. "Hits" refers to how many times your web browser "hit" the server to request information from it. One single web page on your site might require "hitting" the server 5-15 times until it retrieves all the images and information needed to display and load the page correctly. If someone is bragging about how many "hits" they get on their site, now maybe you can talk intelligently about that subject matter.