Website Tracker Comparison
WHICH STATS ARE BEST?
Urchin, Webalizer, Sawmill, Phpee, Extreme and Sitemeter
and brief mention of HitBox, WebTrends, and
Omniture Site Catalyst
with screen shots of AWStats
|Modified from a
recent chat article... by Alan Pattinson, President, A-1 Pacific Websites.
Well, taking a quick look at
Sawmill's webstats, they are a lot better than Webaliser!
I was going to suggest DeepMatrix, which I have looked at before, but
their website is off...
I did a quick comparison of Sawmill.net, and Phpee.com and Urchin.com.
My preference, in descending order would be Urchin first, then Sawmill,
then AWStats, last would be Phpee.
seems to have some great features that I could drill down with that
gave some good results. They give excellent value for the cost. You can
customize any range of dates or look at just one day. The easy-to-read
graphs show more if you hover your mouse over some features, which will
give more info about that item. Many features, graphs, or lists are
exportable to Word, Excel, or tab-separated text.
It is possible to "drill down" with a certain search term to find out
how your site visitors moved through your site, i.e., which pages they
went to. This could be valuable for tracking your sales and marketing
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Screen shots of AWStats:
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- gives good, basic statistics information
- summarized by each month. If you have had Webalizer
for over a year, you get a yearly summary
- see a typical statistic: (click to enlarge)
- does not give individual "where did that person come
- they don't have Google listed in the Search Engines? although the
Googlebot is listed in the spiders. (2003)
- they don't list all the search words together, for some reason the
"single" words are separate from the "terms"
- if you have access to your website's log files, you can try out
Sawmill on them by downloading here:
- their webpage:
- One time charge of $99 for one installation. 5 or more, or students,
- will record numbers of downloads (e.g. your zip files you offer to
- see their own web stats here - you will be able to see your own
entry right at the top, showing your host, IP (computer number),
browser, operating system, resolution:
- not cheap (starting at $40 USD per month)
- offers a ton of information about people's habits and preferences
- place a snippet of their code on every page you want to track and
then login to your account on the HitBox website to view your analytics
at any time
- quite expensive ($30/month?)
- overkill for most web designers
- better suited for large websites (like corporate intranets) that
have a team of in-house web gurus.
Omniture Site Catalyst
- you can tell where your people are coming from (something you can
use on Overture to limit the ads displaying, and produce a better CTR)
- tracks conversion of the clicks that come to your site. This will
allow you to see if the clicks are really bringing cash in, and will
allow you to calculate the true cost per conversion.
Presently, what I do for my clients is run two free programs, Extreme
and Sitemeter. In the past, for my own website, I have paid for Sitemeter
(still, it only shows last 1,000 visit details). The basic advantages of
- remembers all website referrers since first install.
- lists all search terms since first install
- has good overview of traffic numbers - increasing or decreasing
- see the two most valuable features of Extreme tracker on this
typical index: (click to enlarge)
- they have a free version and a $5/month version
- Extreme tracker sign-up page:
- excellent value for the money (the free version!)
- free version shows last 100 visit details, the paid version
($6.95/month or $59/year) shows data for the
last 1,000 visitors. If you are getting 100 visitors/day, then you do
not have accumulated information past 10 days - a serious drawback)
- has good yearly/monthly graph of visitors
- shows average time spent on site
- live, current reports - sometimes you can see your own visit listed!
- graph of time zones of visitors
- individual visits: search terms, engine, time spent on site.
- see a sample here:
- Visit their FAQ page for some good general info about search
statistics (e.g. what is the difference between a visit and a
page view ?
- Comparison between their free version and their paid version:
What I look for in a good web stats program:
- Graph of visitors over time e.g.:
- Listing of visitor's keywords (search strings)
- Search engine used to find site
- Which page was first accessed.
- Which page was the last page accessed
- How many 404's were found
- entry pages
- exit pages
- time spent per page, and average
- visitor id by name, not number
- all website referrers
What I am NOT interested in (I'm a marketer, not a tech!):
- hits (of course the pages with images will show lots of hits, but
visitors - yes, yes, show me the visitor numbers),
- bandwidth, files, Kbytes, User agents...
- Big vote here for Urchin.
All prices quoted are in US dollars.