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By AK Sarkar ·
I maintain a web site where our programmers have put a counter on the home page which increments by one for every new session. My web hosting service provider gives us a log analyser report which measures the number of hits of the web site by measuring every request that the web server receives. That means that if I have a static web page with 5 images, then that counter will be incremented by 6 for every new visitor to that page, one for the page request, and five for the five images. I want to know which is the correct way of measuring web site hits? Do you increment for every one session, or do you increment for every request that the web server gets? 'Shall be grateful for any help.

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by tspitzer In reply to Web Site Hits

I think that's a policy question. I would prefer to record page accesses, rather than accesses to each item on each page. The IIS service logs each such item as a separate request, which is why your Web service provider works that way. Assuming thatyour programmers are using Active Server Pages, they can detect the initiation of new sessions, and update a counter on a per session basis. That would be preferable to me.

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by lakota In reply to Web Site Hits

Sarkar:

I manage a "not for Profit" site in NJ that relys on our web stats to stay in business. When I look at our web stats and deliver a presentation every month to the Board of D's, I give them the overview with the information based on a persession count. This seems to me to make for a better set of statistic. The reports I run show information based off of each page visited rather than a per request basis. I have found that if we have a particular page up with a higher graphics count and users that have slower connections hit this page, they may be reloading after severeal minutes or to submit a form or request for information. This can sometimes be very misleading for information unless you can plot the demographics of your user's connection type and speed. Some ISP's and host companies can do this. Although these numbers help to differentiate actual stats vs. reloads or sumbissions, the connection speed numbers may sometime be off depending on how detailed the log information the ISP can

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