Analog is an open-source website statistics analysis program, and is installed at every shared-hosted domain at DreamHost at http://domain.com/stats/, where domain.com is your domain name.
This directory is password protected and you can manage login usernames and passwords as well as change what reports are shown at the "Status > Site Statistics" area of our web panel.
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Here are what the various reports mean:
- General Summary
- The General Summary provides the user with a brief snapshot of overall site statistics for the specified period. Key Metrics are the number of Requests (downloaded files) and the number of requests for Pages (a specific count of the number of pages).
- Distinct hosts served
- Basically, how many different people visited your site. The number can be a little deceiving though, as customers of some large ISPs (e.g. AOL), go through a proxy server. As a result, a large number of visitors may be represented as a small number of distinct hosts.
- Successful requests
- The number of times someone succeeded in accessing any file at your site.
- Successful requests for pages
- The number of times someone succeeded in accessing a "page" file at your site (files ending in .html, .htm, .php, .cgi, etc...)
- Failed requests
- The number of times someone attempted to access a file from your site, but for whatever reason, was unsuccessful.
- Redirected requests
- The number of times a visitor attempted to access a particular file, but was redirected to a different one by the server.
Two main reasons this happens are: the visitor has incorrectly requested a directory name without the following slash: eg; a request for www.yourdomain.com/yourdirectory (the incorrect name) returns www.yourdomain.com/yourdirectory/ (the correct name) "Click-thru" banner ads can also cause a request to be redirected. Distinct files requested - How many files (pages, pictures, programs, etc.) were requested from your site.
- Time Reports
- these reports relate to requests for each specified timeframe.
- Host Reports
- shows all the individual computers that accessed information on your website.
- Domain Report
- lists the individual countries where computers accessed information on your website from.
- Organization Report
- lists the organizations, institutions and ISPs which the computers that accessed information were registered under.
- Host Redirection Report & Host Failure Report
- listing of all computers which went through redirects and errors.
- The Request Report
- listing of all the files / pages that were downloaded from your website over the specified time period.
- The Directory Report
- listing of the Directories from which files were downloaded from.
- The Redirection Report
- listing of all the files that ended in redirections
- The Failure Report
- listing of filenames which caused error
- The Referrer Report & The Referring Site Report
- pages that have linked to your files and the servers those referrers were on.
- The Search Query Report and the Search Word Report
- listing of the terms users have entered to find your website on Search Engines.
- The User Report
- a listing of all the users who have visited your site over the specified time period - if your website requires users to authenticate themselves (login) their username will appear otherwise the user's cookie will be displayed.
- The Status Code Report
- listing of each of the HTTP Status Codes you have had.
- File type report
- The number of times each file type (ie; image, page, etc.) was requested from your site.
- File size report
- The number of times a file within a certain size range (ie 1-10 MB) was accessed. A good way of tracking bandwidth use.
- Operating System Report
- A list of operating systems used by people visiting your site (ie; Windows, Linux, NT, etc.) Sorted by number of requests.
For more information about Analog, check out their documentation here