AWStats is an open source web Analytics reporting tool, suited for analyzing data from Internet services such as streaming media, Web mail, and FTP services. AWStats analyzes and parses server log files, and produces HTML reports. AWStats provides a visual representation of data with reports prepared in tables and bar graphs format. Reporting is supported through a web browser CGI program and static reports are created through command line interface. The following web server log file formats are supported by AWStats- Apache, Common log format( CLF), Web star, IIS and other web server log formats.
AWStats is written in Perl and works on almost all operating systems. AWStats effectively is a server administration tool with packages compatible with Linux distributions. AWStats can be installed on the workstation, like Microsoft Windows. It comes pre installed by many web hosting companies. It can also be downloaded for personal use. Unlike other analytics packages, AWStats leverages greater depth in analyzing site referral information. AWStats helps its users check whether there is unauthorized linking of files from the user’s website. Apart from being a monitoring tool it also provides other useful tools for the statistics project. For website and blog owners the easiest way to have control over statistical data of a website’s visitors is through the cPanel domain. cPanel includes AWStats which has exclusive information providing features like – unique visitors count, hits count, Daily bandwidth count, visitors country IP address, bot visit, visit duration, the operation system of the user, browser of the user, referral visitors and the search keywords. CPanel also features Webalizer and analog data of visitors, they become handy tools for blog and website owners if the hosting provider’s grants extended access to them.
AWStats features as one of the best web Analysis tools. The main interface is a single page divided into different sections summarily providing statistical data. AWStats provides specific details on web access. It is open source and supports various types of files. It efficiently allows the user to view web compression stats and displays common HTTP errors. Their server side feature effectively processes Raw Log files. AWStats provides information on bandwidth usage as well as it tells how much how much of bandwidth has been used by robots and crawlers. AWStats comes pre- installed on cPanel and is updated on a daily basis. It has dual viewing option namely viewing the monthly traffic or viewing the annual statistics. The AWStats interface is a simple and straightforward statistics reporting tool which stands true to its credentials in reproducing concrete statistics and visitor tracking data.