12/30/2013 – Keep Track of Your Site Data with cPanel
Posted by Jamison on 30 12 2013.
Keeping track of data is essential to the success of any operation, and that includes the operation of your website. When it comes to keeping track of information, nothing beats the functionality of cPanel’s Logs section features. It has various tools that can keep track of all the statistics you need to know about how your site is doing.
So what are the various functions of the Logs section and what do they keep track of?
- Latest visitors. Clicking on this icon will show you the last 300 people who have visited your site or subdomains. It also shows the IP address of the visitor, what time the page was visited, how much data was accessed, the URL visited, from what URL the visitor linked to your site from and browser used.
- Bandwidth. Bandwidth refers to maximum amount of data transferred at any given time. Exceeding your allowed bandwidth can disrupt your website operations. This function displays the traffic of the day’s operations as well as for the last seven days.
The bandwidth data will be displayed into six categories; for HTTP (web traffic), POP3 (receiving email), IMAP (receiving email), FTP (file transfer) and SMTP (sending email).
Visitor traffic and statistics
The Logs section has four other tools to track not just people who have visited your site but where they come from and their IP addresses and other data. These are Webalizer, Webalizer FTP, Analog Stats and Awstats.
- Webalizer. This program is an extremely fast analytical tool, being able to process 70,000 records per second, or roughly a log file with at least 2 million hits, in about half a minute.
It searches for hits, files, pages, visits, sites and kilobytes and presents data in easy to understand charts and graphs
The Webalizer FTP is similar to Webalizer, but it also shows how many people visited your site using FTP.
- Analog Stats. This fast and scalable tool shows the statistics of people who have viewed your site within a specific month. Monthly reports are divided into categories and graphs for easier analysis.
- Awstats. Think of Advanced Web Statistics as a breakdown of Analog Stats, this tool shows information about who is accessing your website and this information can be broken down to monthly, daily and hourly averages. AWStats also shows data about your visitors, including referers, HTTP error codes, what operating system they are using, browsers and their countries of origin.
You can set which program to keep tabs on your domain and subdomains (analog, awstats or webalizaer) via the Choose Log Programs icon
- Raw Access Log. This shows you how many people visited your site without showing charts and graphs, ideal if want to learn about these figures quickly. You can download a zipped version of this data for your file.
The Error Log shows the last 300 error messages that have been generated on your site. This is ideal for checking for broken links or missing files. It is recommended you check this regularly to ensure the smooth running of your website.
When running a website it pays to know the information worth knowing. Make sure you get only the data that should matter.