Some hosted web stats companies would want you to believe that...
- Web Stats Outsourcing is the way to go - no log files, no
hardware, no software, no administration, no maintenance, no
- Log Analyzers are history and all statistics companies now
have a hosted edition
- Log Analyzers are not accurate
...but what do you get from an outsourced hosted web stats
- Reports that takes ages to load
track, even for small sites.
page or if incorrect.
in, e.g. Flash pages, images, etc.
- Costly monthly service - usually even more than what you
pay for your site hosting.
- Usually only 1 site profile with an extra charge if you
have more than 50000 page views.
- No Robot activity reporting, e.g. is Googlebot is spidering
- No error reporting to tell you that there is a major problem
on your site, e.g. invalid links (404 errors) and hacking attempts.
The fact is that analyzing raw server log files is still the
best method to track and analyze website traffic.
The new generation of SurfStats Software's website analytics
and traffic reporting products goes one step better because it can
- Place cookies on visitors computers to distinguish between
- The difference between the SurfStats cookie and the hosted
site cookies is that the SurfStats Cookie is a 1st party cookie
whereas the outsourced hosted cookie is a 3rd party cookie.
1st Party cookies are much more acceptable than 3rd party cookies.
- Track visitors by using a combination of cookies or IP addresses
or session cookies
- Easily distinguish between visitors and spiders
- If SurfStats sometimes make a mistake by thinking a spider
is a visitor then the user can change it and it is immediately
reflected in all reports.
- Distinguish between a log file with tagging code and without
Tagging and other entries
SurfStatsLive Statistics Server
Quality, Accurate and Affordable Website Analytics Traffic Reports
SurfStats Software aims to provide good quality website analytics
and traffic reporting software products at affordable prices. Our
products analyses raw server log files and can provide additional
come standard with state of the art features, comprehensive reports
and no additional database requirements. It's low hardware requirements
means that it can run on an entry level server and will not overload
your pc or server.
On demand real-time web stats server
Our Server products, SurfStatsLive Statistics Server and SurfStatsLive
Statistics Server Enterprise Edition provide website analytics and
traffic reporting stats that can be administered and accessed with
a browser. They are geared towards anyone that wants to provide
affordable and quality website analytics and traffic statistics
to users and clients. It is the only real-time website analytics
product that provides web stats reporting down to sub-directory
level and has three authorization levels - Server Administrator,
Profile Administrator and End User. This makes it an ideal solution
for Webhosts and ISPs with resellers. It can even be used as web
stats server to analyze log files located on various web servers
running various Operating Systems.
SurfStats Log Analyzer generates Website Traffic Activity and
Conversion Tracking reports from log files. Reports can be generated
in various languages with output to screen, file directories, ftp
or email. It supports most common log file formats with automatic
log file format and compressed format detection. It comes with all
the necessary tools designed to automate and simplify log file analyzing
like a Fast Reporting mode, an Interactive Reporting mode, a Report
Viewer and Printer, a FTP Client, a Task Scheduler, DNS Lookup,
Report E-mailer, Filter Control Panel for dynamic filtering on dates,
visitors, referrers and files, a File Viewer for displaying, searching
and printing of log files, a Report Theme Editor to change logos,
backgrounds, fonts and colors on reports and a Language Editor to
modify language phrases on reports.