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Knowledgebase: Stats/Logs
Stat Terms and Definitions
Posted on 24 October 2003 06:11 PM
The following is a list of terms, along with a short explanation of their meaning, which should help you to interpret your web site's statistics.
  • Hits:
    A Hit is counted as any file that is downloaded. For example, if you have a page with 10 images, and a visitor loads that page, 11 hits are recorded. One hit for the page itself plus one hit for each image on the page.

  • Files:
    Any request that returns a file is counted as a File. If a browser has a page in its cache, it will ask the server when the page was last modified. If it has not been modified since the last time it was downloaded, the server sends a 304 - Not Modified response. The browser then serves the page from its cache and it does not count as a File - however, it does count as a Hit.

  • Pageviews:
    A Pageview is any hit to a file ending in .html, .htm, .shtml, .php, or .php3. This would be the most accurate method of measuring site traffic.

  • Sessions:
    If a user visits your site and hits 4 pages within a one-hour period, it is counted as 4 Pageviews, but only one Session. This would be the best way to count Unique visitors.

  • KBytes sent:
    Whenever a user visits a page, downloads a file, or views an image, data is transferred. KBytes sent is a measure of the amount of data that has transferred, measured in Kilobytes, or Kb. This is also equates to the amount of bandwidth being transferred.

    If you need to know how many Megabytes has been transferred, divide this number by 1024. To convert to Gigabytes, simply divide again by 1024. You may also type the number Kbytes sent in the form below to have the total calculated for you.

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These terms are used throughout the stats tutorials. More information on how the stats are logged and how to interpret the results can be found at this site.