How to access your website traffic analysis, and details on what is being tracked.
Your statistics are available though your account control panel. To get to the statistics for your domain name:
1) Connect to your account control panel at: http://www.example.com/admin
2) Click the Web Stats tab at the top of the page.
3) Click the Current Web Stats item from the Web Stats submenu on the left side of the page.
4) Choose the domain that you want to view the stats for from the pull down menu and click the 'Show Statistics' submit button. This will bring up the main webalizer graph and charts.
The webalizer stats are kept for a year, and then discarded. So at any point in time you can look back to your stats one year. If you want to save statistics, you can use your browser's "File->Save" feature to save the HTML page with the statistics. The Webalizer statistics are updated every morning around 1:00 AM Eastern Time. Webalizer presents the statistics in a fairly easy to read manner, but there is some terminology used that needs explanation.
Below is a snapshot of the Yearly view:
Hits - Measures the total number of requests sent to server, roughly equal to Pages plus Files, but not quite. Reason for this being that some hits are not recognized, and CGI requests don't fall into "Pages" or "Files" - though they still count as hits.
Files - This measures all of the file requests sent to the servers, not counting HTML pages. Images, movies, audio, or any other file link to your website.
Pages - This counts the total amount of HTML web pages requested from the server.
Visits - The total number of visits to your website. If someone visits your website, looks around for 3 minutes and leaves, that counts as one visit.
Sites - This is a measure of the total UNIQUE visitors to your website. So if someone comes to your website once a day every month - they register as one Site.
KBytes - This tracks how much data transfer your website is generating in Kilobytes. To get a grasp on the conversions:
1 Megabyte = 1024 Kilobytes
1 Gigabyte = 1048576 Kilobytes
So if your data transfer reading is "3478271 Kbytes" you have used about 3.31 Gigabytes of data transfer.
The monthly detail provides further specifics on the stats mentioned in the yearly view, and introduces some new elements as well:
Sites - Same as the Yearly page.
URL's - The number of URL's that were called under your domain name.
Referrers - A referrer is a website that links to yours in some way, so this measures the number of links to your website that were used in the month.
User Agents - A user agent is the type of browser used to view your site. This lets you know how many different types of web browsers were used to see your website.
These statistics are further analyzed further down on the monthly page.
Hits By Response Code
All hits are categorized into response codes, indicating what type of success or failure the server encountered. The 2xx class of status code indicates that the client's HTTP request was successfully received, understood, and accepted by the server.
200 - Indicates that everything went just fine
206 - Indicates that only part of the request was needed, usually due to the browser having an few items cached.
The 3xx class indicates some type of redirection; further action must taken by the user agent in order to fulfill the HTTP request, usually completely invisible to the visitor.
301 - Indicates that a page has been moved temporarily. Often it means that a typographical error has been made in the URL - a lowercase letter instead of an uppercase one, a missing leading slash, or something similar.
302 - This is generated when someone types in http://www.example.com and is directed http://www.example.com/index.html
304 - Indicates that the requested page was served entirely from the browsers cache.
The 4xx class includes the most number of specific codes. This class indicates a client error -- a problem found with the Web surfer, and not with the Web server.
401 - The web surfer attempted to enter a directory that is not openly viewable
403 - The web surfer incorrectly entered a username/ and password on the website
408 - The web surfer cancelled the request before it could be completed
The 5xx class indicates an error on the server, not with the web surfer.
500 - A script that the web surfer was attempting to use, failed.
For further detailed explanation on Webalizer's features, visit its developers' web site HERE