Site Traffic Statistical Reports
Detailed information about your web site traffic allows you to adapt your
web site to your visitors' needs. Our Virtual Server system allows you to
easily obtain all the statistical information you need to know about usage
of your web site.
Log File Types
Your Virtual Server logs all the traffic at your Web site to log files
located on your server. Those log files are located in the ~/usr/local/etc/httpd/logs
directory on your Virtual Server. Virtual Servers are configured by default
to log in the Combined Log Format. All information is logged to these
two log files:
Log File Analysis Programs
The actual data logged in the web server log files is in a raw data format.
To make any sense of it, you need a log file analysis program to process
and analyze it for you. Fortunately there are numerous programs that will
do just that.
Blue Reef provides you with four free analysis tools that reside on your
server, listed alphabetically here:
These programs analyze your web server log files and then create HTML, text,
or even e-mail reports of your Virtual web server traffic. They have been
preconfigured for easy installation are are free to you.
Reef offers discounts on an easy statistical analysis program that runs
on your own PC: WebTrends. WebTrends
produces attractive graphical reports of your your web site traffic. Simply
configure the program to automatically download your Virtual server log
files to your PC and create predefined statistical reports. Those reports
can remain on your PC, or be automatically uploaded back to your Virtual
Server. You can order WebTrends from our Order
Your Virtual Web Server log files are augmented each time your web site
is accessed. If you are not regularly managing these log files they can
grow to be quite large and eventually consume all your available disk
space. There are several utilities provided to manage your web server
Setting Log Formats
Change your log format to any
type you choose.
Clearing log files
This utility will empty your log files
Rotating log files
This utility will help you rotate
older log file using temporary files to store older data.
Regularly Clearing Your Log files Using Cron
This tutorial will help you use
cron to automatically manage your log files