We use Google Analytics.
We've been asked to produce traffic analysis for our web site - just the basic stuff like number of visitors, most common pages, etc. Our ISP doesn't offer anything like this, instead just sending us access log files and telling us to use some analysis software to read them. So - what are people's preferred tools for reading these files? A quick (and possibly poor) Google search came up with too much noise to be useful...
Another vote for Google Analytics here.
Is that looking at our own log files, or would we need to put some code on the pages to send the traffic data to Google?
I think that I'm more after an application which can present the data we already have, rather than a service gathering the data over again, although I'm not entirely sure why I prefer that!
webman (20th January 2009)
The trouble with Google Analytics is that if you are the slightest bit web-savy (or know someone who is) you can install NoScript (under Firefox) and specifically block any Google Analytics scripts. Thus you cannot trust the reports that it produces, no matter how "impressive" they may be.
As a user, you may also want to think about the implications of having Google analyse data extracted from web-pages, YouTube, Google Earth, GMail etc. They can start to build up quite a profile of you as not only do they know what you look at, but know who you e-mail and probably know where you live ('cos we have all Google-Earthed our own house haven't we ).
Another vote for Google Stats, also Awstats.
Ultimately, what these companies can achieve by assimilating this data is presumably a better, more targeted service for me the customer. Result, I say. Sadly though, they're not using it, so Amazon continue to spam me about the latest Girls Aloud CD or whatever, when they could easily work out that I have no interest whatsoever in it.
Last edited by enjay; 20th January 2009 at 03:58 PM.
Webalizer is indeed very good for Apache web statistics.
We also use use ISA log files and sometimes data from Google Webmaster Tools.
Microsoft log parser can read most web log files (not just IIS but Apache and anything else which logs in W3C log format).
You can query directly against the text files (or, probably better) import the data to a SQL database and then do your own queries.
There's some good stuff here about how to use log parser.
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