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Analyzing Server Logs With HTTP-Analyze
Find out how popular your site really is.

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According to its official Web site at http://www.http-analyze.org/, http-analyze is "a logfile analyzer for Web servers...it creates a comprehensive statistics report in HTML...of all accesses sorted by various criteria in tabular and in graphical form". Developed and sold under a commercial license, http-analyze is one of the most popular tools for calculating the popularity of your Web site. You must buy a license for the software if you intend to use it for commercial purposes; however, non-commercial users and educational institutions may use it for free, with restrictions.

http-analyze works by parsing the access log file generated by your Web server and converting the data within it into a detailed HTML report which you can read in your browser. Its greatest strength is its report generation module - http-analyze can produce reports showing you the number of hits and page views per day, week and month; the ten most requested items on your site; the number of files cached; detailed referrer information and client signatures (browser type, requesting IP et al); information on total bytes sent; and monthly report summaries for comparison purposes.

If the thought of wading through raw numbers scares you, http-analyze also has the ability to draw a picture for you. Since the software is closely linked with the open-source GD library, it breaks up the raw data with easy-to-understand graphs and pie charts so as to offer a Webmaster a visual picture of traffic and site usage. Reports are fully configurable - you can alter the layout of the reports, and even suppress information in them - and filter out irrelevant URLs or referrers for greater clarity. Finally, a built-in 3D module even supports report generation in VRML, so if you have a VRML plug-in for your browser, you can navigate your traffic statistics in 3D!

The software is stable, easy to customize and well supported by its developers. It's also standard with most Web hosting accounts, and if you have your own Internet server, you can easily install it yourself. Flip the page, and let me show you how.

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