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.
- It is difficult to track files that you cannot place
- 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
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 stats 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
SurfStats Log Analyzer
Quality, Accurate and Affordable Website Stats
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
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
stats 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.