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Website Statistics in cPanel

AWStats is a free, powerful and features rich tool that generates advanced web, streaming, ftp or mail server statistics, graphically.

Awstats produces visual statistics about visitors of your sites.

This log analyzer works as a CGI or from command line and shows you all possible information your log contains, in few graphical web pages. It uses a partial information file to be able to process large log files, often and quickly.

AWStats can analyze log files from all major server tools like Apache, IIS, etc. As AWStats works from the command line but also as a CGI, it can work with all web hosting providers which allow Perl, CGI and log access.

To access AWStats go to cPanel > Metrics and click on Awstats link:

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On the Awstats screen select the website which statictics you want to view and click the View link at the right side. Keep in mind that addon domains are displayed in this table as subdomains of your main hosting domain.

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That's why if we want to see the statistics for hostpulse-demo.com we must look for domain hostpulse-demo.maindomain.net.

View AWStats data

A new interface will appear that displays the AWStats traffic statistics for for the selected website.

AWStats displays the following details about your website's visitors:

Summary - pay attention to the Not viewed traffic - usualy this is the traffic generated by search engine bots which do not comply with robots.txt commands. You must check the website logs to find their IP address and to block their access to the site:

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Monthly, daily, and hourly averages in graphs and tables - useful information if you run promotions on your site to select the highest traffic day:

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Locales of origin - if you have a significant traffic from France may be it is a good idea to include more content in French language on your site:

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Users that generate most traffic - be careful with these users especially if you do not find their IP addresses in the most accessed files or in the Downloads table.

What exactly were they looking for on your site - if you see in the logs many 403 and 404 errors, as well as a lot of POST requests most probably you've found a hacker trying to brute-force your login data or to to hack your hosting account:

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List of search engine bots:

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Visits duration - important information which pages users like to read and which they skip:

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List of the most downloaded files:

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List of most visited pages:

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Very important information - how and from where your visitors had found your site:

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A list of the search terms used by the visitors to find your site:

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HTTP codes. Pay special attention to all 404 errors - make sure all site links lead to existing resources. Check the sitemap - maybe you missed to remove the links to those articles that you deleted, for example.

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Conclusion

Website Statistics provide very important information and every seasoned webmaster knows how to read between the lines the above information and to make the necessary changes accordingly.

AWStats is a graphical representation of the information in the raw access log files. Read our article Access Log Files to learn more about log files and how to use this information.

*Screenshots from AWStats website

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