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  Frequently Asked Questions ...

Q What do the terms in our web stats mean?
 
A
Web Stats use some fairly unique terminology to describe the activity of people viewing your website. A list of the most important terms are listed below :

Unique Visitor:
A unique visitor is a person that has made at least one visit to one page of your web site during the current period shown by the report. If this person make views several pages it is counted only once.
 
Visits:
Unique visits are determned by the IP address of the visitor, but an IP address is often re-allocated to a different user by the ISP if the IP address is inactive for a period of time. Think "session" here, say a unique IP accesses a page, and then requests three others without an hour between any of the requests, all of the "pages" are included in the visit, therefore you should expect multiple pages per visit and multiple visits per unique visitor (assuming that some of the unique IPs are logged with more than an hour between requests)

Pages:
The number of "pages" viewed. One 'visitor' may visit 10 pages of the site, therefore 10 is added to the number of pages views. You'll see that the stats shows an average of x.xx pages viewed per visit .
 
Hits:
Any files requested from the server including web page files.
This is the highest figure and is of no real use in assessing how many people have viewed your website.
 
Bandwidth:
Total number of bytes for pages, images and files downloaded by web browsing.
This is used to determin the level of hosting service that you require.
 
Entry Page:
First page viewed by a visitor during its visit.
Note: When a visit started at end of month to end at beginning of next month, you might have an Entry page for the month report and no Exit pages.
That's why Entry pages can be different than Exit pages.

 
Exit Page:
Last page viewed by a visitor during its visit.
Note: When a visit started at end of month to end at beginning of next month, you might have an Entry page for the month report and no Exit pages.
That's why Entry pages can be different than Exit pages.

 
Session Duration:
The time a visitor spent on your site for each visit.
Some Visits durations are 'unknown' because they can't always be calculated. This is the major reason for this:
− Visit was not finished when 'update' occured.
− Visit started the last hour (after 23:00) of the last day of a month (A technical reason prevents AWStats from calculating duration of such sessions).

 

 


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