Does anybody here use Live Stats?
sorry noone has responded to your post....usually we are quicker than this.
I personally do not use Live Stats, I use Web Trends, but I am looking for something a little bit better.
Is Live Stats free? I know a good free one, I think it is called HitBox
I use Livestats but unfortunately I dont know Webtrends so dont know how much help I can be.
The package itself does seem to do all the usual stuff but I do use MSAccess on logfiles to get IP addresses. The Watches in the 'virtual Admin' area are well worth the setup effort. These let you watch and track visiters by IP and URL or track links(out) via the Click-Thru Watch which seems to be ideal for reseller links.
I got lots of info on Livestats from the Fasthosts (abuse) forum but this may not be relevant as much of discussion is based around their particular setup.
First of all thanks for the response. I understand not many people probably have used both before. I know Webtrends is very popular, and that is the stat software I am more familiar with.
agerhart, thanks for the response, Live Stats is not free, but it is considerable less than Webtrends. I am not sure if it is better because I just got it and haven't explored the whole package yet.
Halfloaf, since you have Live Stats, can I find out how well I am doing from Search Engines, in other words I know Webtrends has a section that shows you your daily traffic coming in specifically from search engines, this would be particularly great to have?
Also does Live Stats allow you to track the most common paths thru the site?
I agree the Watches do look great, I just need to see a couple of examples of how to set one up, I will be looking for that in the next couple of days.
Thanks for your help.
Below is a sample of the reporting tools for live stats 5.0. I love the program myself, but I have never used anything else.
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Livestats allows you to see entry/exit page counts and other tracking related stats in the 'pages by' section and you have some referral stats in the 'referrer by' section (this seems to be poor and out of date on my Livestats).
The Watches are pretty easy to set up but are a labour intensive exorcise.
You can use the Spider IPs from searchengineworld and from the virtual admin (or yours may be Global Admin) Click: Watches > Create New Watch > New IP Watch then fill in a name for Displayable title (AV204.123.9.*) and IP Address to Watch (204.123.9.*) click the keep detailed event log check box and submit update and you now have a watch for all IPs visiting from 22.214.171.124 to 255 (* = any number of digits and ? = 1 digit).
You can watch doorways on your site by setting up URL watches on them this can be handy because it keeps the data needed to track this stuff on the same page instead of having to check separate pages for each kind of data for any given page.
Doing all/some of the spiders in fairly big IP blocks using the Wildcards took me all day but it is almost impossible using the existing stats to track where any spider has been. If you are installing Livestats yourself maybe there is a quicker method not open to me.
I am in here most days so post any more questions and I will get back to you ASAP.
Thanks pmac and halfloaf for your help, i really appreciate it. I do like how you can receive an email of the previous day's stats and previous month's if you want.
I know there are probably some very powerful features I have not even tapped yet.
Is there a way to find unique visitors? Is that under the sessions tab?
And also is there a user manual I can find somewhere for help with it?
here is the manual for live stats
ps. to the mod of this forum ... i notice in the charter discuss/url's of specific software disallowed but as this thread several days old thought it ok to reference the user manual.