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Your site stats offer daily and monthly traffic stats for your domain(s), including:

  • total number of requests
  • traffic by domain
  • traffic by file
  • requests by browser type
  • requests by operating system
  • requests by referring URLs
  • and much much much more!

Your stats can be accessed at www.yourdomain.com/stats - (replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain name).


How do I get DNS lookups on my stats?

Do you want to see domain names instead of IP addresses in your stats reports?

Its super easy, just goto the Status :: Statistics section of the Web Panel and choose the link to customize your domains Daily or Monthly reports. Just make sure Enable DNS Lookups is checked and save your changes. You should start seeing domain names instead of IP addresses the next time stats runs for your domain.


All of your analog questions answered here!

Well, not here exactly. :)

DreamHost provides an installation of Analog for all domains hosted with us. We didn't create Analog, so please refer to the official Analog FAQ for the most up-to-date information.

What are analog's default report settings?

The following shows which reports are ON/OFF by default and their respective settings (the following is for the daily report only):
<font size=+1> General Summary [ON] General Summary lines on: all Yearly Report [OFF] Quarterly Report [OFF] Monthly Report [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Maximum number of rows: unlimited Graphing by requests for pages Displaying earliest dates at top Weekly Report [OFF] Daily Report [OFF] Daily Summary [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Graphing by requests for pages Hourly Report [OFF] Hour of the Week Summary [OFF] Hourly Summary [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Graphing by requests for pages Quarter-Hour Report [OFF] Quarter-Hour Summary [OFF] Five-Minute Report [OFF] Five-Minute Summary [OFF] Domain Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting by number of bytes Floor is: Top 10 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of bytes Floor for sub-items is: 0.5% of the bytes Plotting pie chart by number of bytes Organisation Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 20 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of requests Floor for sub-items is: 0.5% of the requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Host Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting alphabetically Floor is: Top 20 items by number of requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Host Redirection Report [OFF] Host Failure Report [OFF] User Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 10 items by number of requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests User Redirection Report [OFF] User Failure Report [OFF] Redirected Referrer Report [OFF] Failed Referrer Report [OFF] Referrer Report [ON] Columns: #requests #pages %bytes Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 50 items by number of requests for pages Sorting sub-items by number of requests Floor for sub-items is: 10 requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Including (+) and excluding (-) the following in the report: All included, then - http://www.idsp.net/* Including (+) and excluding (-) the following links in the report: All excluded, then + * Referring Site Report [OFF] Search Query Report [ON] Columns: #requests Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 20 items by number of requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Search Word Report [ON] Columns: #requests Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 30 items by number of requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Browser Report [OFF] Browser Summary [ON] Columns: number #requests #pages Sorting by number of requests for pages Floor is: Top 5 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of requests for pages Floor for sub-items is: Top 10 items by number of requests for pages Plotting pie chart by number of requests for pages Operating System Report [ON] Columns: number #requests #pages Sorting by number of requests for pages Floor is: Top 10 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of requests for pages Floor for sub-items is: [all items] Plotting pie chart by number of requests for pages Virtual Host Report [OFF] Virtual Host Redirection Report [OFF] Virtual Host Failure Report [OFF] Status Code Report [ON] Columns: #requests Sorting alphabetically Floor is: [all items] Plotting pie chart by number of requests Processing Time Report [OFF] File Size Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Plotting pie chart by number of requests File Type Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting by number of bytes Floor is: Top 15 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of bytes Floor for sub-items is: 0.1% of the bytes Plotting pie chart by number of bytes Aliasing in the report as follows: .html -> .html [Hypertext Markup Language] .htm -> .htm [Hypertext Markup Language] .shtml -> .shtml [Server-parsed HTML] .ps -> .ps [PostScript] .gz -> .gz [Gzip compressed files] .tar.gz -> .tar.gz [Compressed archives] .jpg -> .jpg [JPEG graphics] .jpeg -> .jpeg [JPEG graphics] .gif -> .gif [GIF graphics] .png -> .png [PNG graphics] .txt -> .txt [Plain text] .cgi -> .cgi [CGI scripts] .pl -> .pl [Perl scripts] .css -> .css [Cascading Style Sheets] .class -> .class [Java class files] .pdf -> .pdf [Adobe Portable Document Format] .zip -> .zip [Zip archives] .hqx -> .hqx [Macintosh BinHex files] .exe -> .exe [Executables] .wav -> .wav [WAV sound files] .avi -> .avi [AVI movies] .arc -> .arc [Compressed archives] .mid -> .mid [MIDI sound files] .mp3 -> .mp3 [MP3 sound files] .doc -> .doc [Microsoft Word document] .rtf -> .rtf [Rich Text Format] .mov -> .mov [Quick Time movie] .mpg -> .mpg [MPEG movie] .mpeg -> .mpeg [MPEG movie] .asp -> .asp [Active Server Pages] .jsp -> .jsp [Java Server Pages] .cfm -> .cfm [Cold Fusion] .php -> .php [PHP] .js -> .js [JavaScript code] Directory Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes Sorting by number of bytes Floor is: Top 15 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of bytes Floor for sub-items is: 0.01% of the bytes Plotting pie chart by number of bytes Redirection Report [OFF] Failure Report [ON] Columns: #requests Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 10 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of requests Floor for sub-items is: 10 requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Internal Search Query Report [OFF] Internal Search Word Report [OFF] Request Report [ON] Columns: #requests %bytes last-time Sorting by number of requests Floor is: Top 30 items by number of requests Sorting sub-items by number of requests Floor for sub-items is: 10 requests Plotting pie chart by number of requests Including (+) and excluding (-) the following in the report: All excluded, then + pages Including (+) and excluding (-) the following links in the report: All excluded, then + pages </font>
The monthly report defaults are the same as the daily report settings except for the following:
<font size=+1> Daily Report [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Maximum number of rows: 42 Graphing by requests for pages Displaying earliest dates at top User Report [OFF] Referrer Report [ON] Columns: #requests Floor is: Top 40 items by number of requests </font>
The longterm report defaults are the same as the daily report settings except for the following:
<font size=+1> Yearly Report [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Maximum number of rows: unlimited Graphing by requests for pages Displaying earliest dates at top Weekly Report [ON] Columns: #requests #pages Maximum number of rows: unlimited Graphing by requests for pages Displaying earliest dates at top Domain Report [OFF] Organisation Report [OFF] Host Report [OFF] User Report [OFF] Referrer Report [OFF] Search Query Report [OFF] Search Word Report [OFF] Browser Summary [OFF] Operating System Report [OFF] File Type Report [OFF] Directory Report [OFF] Failure Report [OFF] Request Report [OFF] 

Deleting a stats user

  1. Log in to your Account Control Panel. Select the Status tab, and click on the Statistics link.
  2. Click on the Users link next to the domain of interest.
  3. Click on the delete link next to the name of the user you wish to delete. You will NOT be asked to confirm the deletion, so be careful!

What can my site stats tell me?

Your site usage stats give you information about web traffic to your site. Reports are generated daily, and you can view hourly, daily, weekly, and monthly statistics. You can customize your reports to generate the information that you want about your site, and you can view your stats daily at http://www.yourdomain.com/stats.

Below, the term request refers to an attempt by a visitor torequ access a file from your site. Different kinds of files include: pages on your site, images on a page, etc.

Your site stats report contains the following information:

  • Distinct hosts served: Basically, how many UNIQUE 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.
  • Domain report: A breakdown of the number of visitors to your site, by top-level domain --- that is, how many visitors you had whose own URLs ended in .org, .gov, .com, .net, and so on.
  • Organization report: A list of which domains (usually organized by country) made requests to your site. This report is also sometimes spelled using the british variation "organisation".
  • Directory Report: A breakdown of traffic your site received, organized by directory.
  • 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.
  • Status code report: The number of times a request returned a given status code (successful, not found, denied, etc.)
  • Request Report A list of files from your site that were downloaded by visitors 20 times or more, sorted by the most downloaded.
  • Failure Report A list of files that were requested, but not successfully transferred. Sorted by the number of failed requests.
  • Referrer Report A list of the last URL where each visitor was before coming to your site. Sorted by number of requests.
  • Browser Summary A list of browsers your visitors used (ie; Internet Explorer, Netscape, etc.). Sorted by number of requests.
  • 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 info please see: http://www.analog.cx/docs/meaning.html


Changing your stats user's password

  1. Log in to the Account Control Panel. Select the Status tab, and click on the Statistics link.
  2. Click on the users link for the domain you're interested in.
  3. Click on the edit link.
  4. Enter a new password for this user: <img src = "./images/illustrations/passwordbox.gif">
  5. NOTE: Entering a different username will create an entirely new user.
  6. Click on the Submit Query button:

Adding stats report users

  1. Log in to the Account Control Panel. Select the Status tab, and click on the Statistics link.
  2. Click the Users link next to the domain to which you'd like this user to have access to.
  3. Click the Add Stats User link.
  4. Enter a name and password for this stats user:

    <img src = "./images/illustrations/passwordbox.gif">

  5. Click the Submit Query button.

Using the web panel to customize stats reports

  1. Go to the Account Control Panel.
  2. Go to the Status area, then the Statistics sub-area of the Panel.
  3. Click on the Customize link next to the domain of interest.
  4. Select Daily or Monthly to customize your daily or monthly report.
  5. When you see the following screen, check off the items that you would like in your report, then press the Save Changes button --- It's that simple! <img src="./images/illustrations/statsreport.gif">
  6. View your report at www.yourdomain.com/stats.

If you are unfamiliar with the terminology used on the configuration page and in the reports, you can refer to the official documentation at http://www.analog.cx/docs/reports.html. Terms like 'Search Query Reports' and 'Processing Time Reports' will be made clear!

Where can I view my stats?

To view your statistics report, visit the following URL:

http://www.yourdomain.com/stats/

...replacing "yourdomain.com" with your actual domain.

The report is password protected. Your username and password for the report are not necessarily the same as your Web Panel login, and each of your domains may have different usernames and passwords. This can be configured within the web panel.

To do so, visit the Status :: Statistics section of the DreamHost Web Panel to see a listing of your domains. Click on "Users" to see a listing of that domain's usernames for Stats access. If you've forgotten your Stats password(s), please contact Technical Support. Alternatively, you can also just create a brand new Stats username and give it a password of your choosing.

Note that some web application software such as WordPress, Greymatter, and Drupal may 'steal' the /stats request and try to process it itself instead of letting you view your stats. Typically the stealing of the URL is done with a set of mod_rewrite rules in a .htaccess file. You must amend the rule set to pass through the stats request. Refer to Making_stats_accessible_with_htaccess for more information.

Note: If you need the raw log files for your domain, rather than a statistics report, you may view them in your home directory, contained in a directory named "logs". For example, if your home directory is:

/home/username/

...the logs would be located in:

/home/username/logs/

How and when are site usage stats generated?

Stats are generated once a day early in the morning, by analyzing logs from the previous day. Stats for a given day should be available by noon of the next day, Pacific Standard Time.