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Re: [webalizer] "Visits" versus "Hits" Stats?

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  • Enric Naval
    There is a keyword called PageType. If you say PageType html then you are telling webalizer that all URLs ending in .html are to be considered as pages,
    Message 1 of 5 , Jun 10 7:04 AM
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      There is a keyword called PageType. If you say
      "PageType html" then you are telling webalizer that
      all URLs ending in ".html" are to be considered as
      pages, and not as simple files. Only the extensions
      that are listed in PageType are counted as "visits",
      because visitors hit on pages. A visitor that only
      hits in normal files (jpg files, for example) will not
      be considered a visitor.

      For example, if you have this config in the
      webalizer.conf file:

      PageType htm*
      PageType cgi

      If you receive these hits in the server:

      *.html 5 hits
      *.htm 1 hits
      *.cgi 4 hits
      *.jpg 200 hits
      *.pdf 2500 hits

      Then you will have:

      Hits= 27010 5 + 1 + 4 + 200 + 2500
      Visits= 10 5 + 1 + 4

      The visitors that hit only ".pdf" files will not be
      counted as visitors and they will not be added to the
      total of visits, because you didn't tell webalizer to
      considere ".pdf" as a page.

      This happened a lot to us, because lots of people
      would find one of the pdfs in our site using google,
      and they would only retrieve the pdf and not visit any
      more file in the website. We added "PageType pdf" to
      get that people counted as visitors.

      Perhaps you have a site with PHP, and you don't have
      "PageType php*" in your webalizer.conf. Check if you
      have many hits in a certain type of files, and if you
      want that kind of file to be considered a page.

      NOTE: Perhaps people is linking to images on your
      site, and they are only retrieving the image. Perhaps
      someone is using one of the images in your server to
      decorate a page in other server, so that you are
      paying for the bandwidth of the images decorating the
      webpage belonging to someone else.... I have seen
      people doing this. (An example of a legitime use of
      this is when people is linking to banners in your
      server, instead of copying your banner into their own
      server)



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      Enric Naval
      Estudiante de Inform�tica de Gesti�n en la Udl (Lleida)
      GRIHO webalizer.conf
      http://griho.udl.es/webalizer/webalizer.conf.txt




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