Analysing Website Statistics with AWStats
AWStats is an open source tool to analyse log files that are produced by web servers and produce HTML reports against each of them. These log files are generated as user download pages and websites.
In a nutshell, AWStats is a web analytics and reporting system. Analysing website statistics with AWStats include streaming media, web, FTP servers and mails. The analysed data is presented visually with tables, graphs and texts.
Most of the major server log files are supported by AWStats. The various formats supported by the tool include Webstar, Apache, IIS and many more. As this is an open source system, it is open for developers to work on it and modify its capabilities.
AWStats is written in the language Perl. Therefore it is flexible and can be used on any operating system. That is why it has become so popular as a server administration tool.
Some key information that can be found while analysing website statistics with AWStats are:
- Overall statistics for the website
- Summary report by time, day, week, month
- Number count of the pages viewed
- Web filtering to lead to certain sub sites
- Daily hit count for each page
- Auto add feature of hit counts to the monthly statistics
- Files type
- Host list
- Worm attacks
- Web compression statistics
There are also other reports that are included in the AWStats:
- Error Report
- Page not found
- Operating Systems
- Robots/Spiders visitors
- Search key words
As a free and very powerful tool, AWStats is able to process log files of large sizes very efficiently and quickly.
It is one of the best available.