jharvey at irving.lib.tx.us
Fri Mar 13 13:46:12 EST 1998
Setting aside the question of whether or not counters are appropriate on
a library Web page, I have found what I consider to be an attractive
My criteria for our Web page counter were simple: the right price
(free), ease of configuration, and no advertising banners.
I found all of these in WebTracker from FXWeb Web Technologies at
http://www.fxweb.com/. It places a small graphic counter (31x88 pixels)
on your page, showing the number of hits and their company logo, a
cheetah (although I've had people ask, "What is that, a bear or
something?" Like I said, it's a small graphic). In fact, you can
completely disable the graphic; it will still display, but only as a 2x2
pixel transparent gif.
All you have to do is register at their site, setting a public and
private password. You are then given a user code, and instructed to add
one line of HTML code to your page, and you're done. It becomes
effective immediately. You can then get detailed reports that provide
Number of hits
What browsers and operating systems your visitors are using
What hour of the day you're getting the most hits
Breakdown of how many times a visitor has previously been to your
Other options include artificially "bumping" the numbers that your
visitors see, although it doesn't change your actual stats ("Let's
see... one million hits, yeah, that's the ticket."), and ignoring hits
from specified locations, so that it would not, for example, count hits
from your own server.
1) Every time your page loads, it has to communicate with FXWeb's server
(which I've always found to be reasonably fast).
2) It sets a cookie on your visitor's PC, which I know turns some people
3) You can't have more than 500 hits per day.
4) The current release allows only one counter per site, so you only get
statistics for one page.
All in all, if you have to have a counter, I recommend this one. You can
see it in action at http://www.irving.lib.tx.us.
You were sick, but now you're well again, and there's work to be done.
All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author, and in no
way reflect official policies of the Irving Public Library or the City
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