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What size hosting do I need for a 15 page website?
You did not give much information there. Generally
speaking if your building the website yourself, after your finished
completing it just point your cursor at the file it's saved in. This
should show the file size. If not right click the file and go down to
properties and click it to see the size. Now, decide how many e-mail
addresses you'll need for the website and multiply it by 5 Mgs. Add
both together and that the minimum size you need. It's always best to
get a little more than what you figure you'll need for growth.
What's transfer rate?
I'd like to see the control panel and features your
How do I read the information about who visits my website? And what do I
do with it?
- Getting traffic to your web site
without analyzing it, is like being blindfolded in a crowd. You hear
voices, but you donít know which direction they are coming from or who
Without analyzing your web site traffic, itís difficult to improve your
web site marketing.
You should be aware of the different terms used to describe web site
traffic, so as not to be confused about your web site visitors.
Here are the main terms used:
Visit - these are all requests made by a specific user to the site
during a set period of time. The visit is ended if a set period of time
(say 30 minutes) goes by with no further accesses. Users are identified
by cookies, username or hostnames/Ip addresses
Hit - this is a request to the server for a file not a page. Your
page can be made up of different files, such as graphic files, audio
that page. Each of these requests is called a hit.
Counting hits is not the same as tracking page views. It takes multiple
hits to view a page.
Page view/Impression this is the number of times a page is
accessed as a whole.
Unique Visitor - Visit by a unique person within a 24 hour period
who has never been to your website.
Referrer - A page that links to your site. By looking at your
referrers will tell you who's linked to your site. This can be
particularly valuable for seeing where your search engine traffic is
User Agent - This refers to the software used to access your
site. Sometimes known as a "browser" or "client", the term user agent
can describe a PHP script, a browser like Internet Explorer, or a search
engine spider like GoogleBot. If you can identify what software is being
used to access your site, you'll be able to tell if users are abusing
it, and when the search engines last crawled your pages.
Analyzing log data can give you a good idea of where your site visitors
are coming from, which pages they are visiting, how long they stay, and
which browsers they are using. Before signing on with a hosting company,
make sure they offer access to raw log files. Even if you don't need
them immediately, sooner or later you'll be glad to have them.
There are also different types of log files - access, referrer, error,
and agent are the primary ones.
Analyzing the access log will give you information about who visited
your site, which pages they visited, and how long they stayed on the
site. This is useful information in determining whether or not your site
is working as you intend.
The record below shows the visitor's IP number or hostname, date and
time of the request, the command received from the client, the status
code returned, the size of the document transferred, and the browser and
operating system the visitor was using.
nas-112-52.slc.navinet.net - - [29/Jan/2000:17:17:12 -0500] "GET
page.html HTTP/1.1" 200 23443
"http://www.mydomain.com/page.html" "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;
MSIE 5.01; Windows 98)"
The referrer log contains referral information - the source that
referred the visitor to your site. If the referrer was a search
engine, you will also find the keywords that were entered to find your
site - very useful information. Here are some example records. The
record below shows that the visitor followed a link from somedomain.com
to the index page of the site.
This record shows that the visitor came to my site from a search engine
link. Notice the keyword data is included in the record.
The Agent log provides information on which browser and operating system
was used to access your site. Such as:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;MSIE 5.01; Windows 98)
The error log obviously provides a record of errors generated by the
server and sent back to the client. The record below shows the type of
server, date and time of the error, client identification, explanation
of the error code generated by the server, and the path to the file that
caused the error.
apache: [Sun Jan 30 10:09:57 2000][error] [client 18.104.22.168]
File does not exist:/u/web/mydomain/favicon.ico
As you can see, log files contain a wealth of information about how your
visitors are using your site.
Web traffic statistics provide very valuable information about your web
site. You can make better marketing decisions through them telling you:
Which Web pages are most popular and which are least used.
Who is visiting your Web site.
Which Web browsers to optimize your Web pages for.
Which Web search engines are most useful to you, and which are the least
Where errors or bad links may be occurring in your Web pages.
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