web page counters

Dan Kissane dfk at snyoneva.cc.oneonta.edu
Thu Dec 4 14:29:50 EST 1997

The answer is yes, no, maybe so.

A counter can be done with HTML alone if you use a free counter service
such as www.webcounter.org.  However, this could slow things down as the
free counters are often very busy.

The provider probably has a counter built-in to the web server which he
could activate for you. If other pages on the server have counters you
could look at the code for these pages and try similiar code that
reference your page and see if it works. Ask the provider and he should be
able to tell you this information. 

If the reason to provide the counter is to measure hits, you may want to
ask the provider for a monthly statistical analysis that includes the
number of hits and where they are from.

Counters in general are in questionable HTML taste as you are giving the
information s/he did not request.

Dan Kissane
Milne Library
SUNY College at Oneonta
Oneonta, NY
kissandf at oneonta.edu

 On Thu, 4 Dec 1997, Katherine Kendall wrote:

> Our library web page is hosted at no charge by a local internet
> provider.  I would like to add a counter to the main page to
> measure hits.  Can this be done with html on our page alone or
> is this a cgi thing that might bother the provider?  I haven't
> done a lot of interactive stuff, so speak slowly in words of 
> one syllable.
> Thanks muchly,
> Katherine Kendall, Head of Technology Services
> Mentor Public Library
> Mentor, Ohio 
> http://www.mentor.lib.oh.us
> kk at harborcom.net

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