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Awstats Vs. Webalizer
Posted 05 September 2010 - 12:18 PM
If I missed the answer to this question somewhere else, I apologize in advance.
I have two basic stats programs: AWStats and Webalizer.
Webalizer reports substantially more visitors per month than AWStats. I'm not setting world records by any stretch, believe me!
Which one would you trust more?
I like to think conservatively, and pick the smaller number.
But the numbers are so different, I'm thinking of simply adding them and dividing by two to get an average.
They shouldn't be off by a factor of 10, should they?
Posted 05 September 2010 - 10:16 PM
Posted 06 September 2010 - 11:08 AM
GA is much more in depth and really useful in lots of ways (and free) but I don't entirely rely on the numbers from that either.
I think either of the server side ones you mention, configured properly, should give reasonably accurate numbers for page views, bandwidth, file types and some other things, but they have a tendency to over count by counting some actions twice or more when they shouldn't - I have an AJAX page that gets called on every shopping page and according to Awstats is my most popular page, although I know it's not and can ignore this snafu
Bearing all that in mind, I use stats as a general measure of direction - e.g. over a given period of time x tends to = y, therefore action Z needs taking to increase/diminish that trend.
Posted 07 September 2010 - 03:22 AM
When it comes to Website analytics, trust nothing in particular and don't rely on just one solution and learn to follow trends.
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