Visitor Counter is a facility that allows clients to record the number of visitors to their web sites.
Although a typical hit counter records the number of times a (usually Home) page is viewed, the IIS Hit Counter records the number of times the site was entered i.e. the number of visitors which is much more meaningful.
A normal hit counter will increment every time a page is refreshed or returned to via the web site's navigation system. The IIS Visitor Counter increments once when the site's Home page is visited and not again unless there is inactivity by the web site viewer for 20 minutes or so and the viewer then returns to the Home page, or unless the viewer opens a new web browser window to view the site.
The IIS Visitor Counter does much more than recording hits. It allows the client to log on to an administrative page and view visitor statistics by Current Month, Last Three Months or by a submitted date range covering the last 6 years.
The client can see the date and time of the visit and the country of origin of the web site visitor. The client can also configure his system to display IP addresses or keep them hidden.
The client can also reset the hit counter on the Home page to any number under 1 000 000 (the visitor count statistics remain unaffected) and decide whether or not to display the counter on the Home page.
- clients can now also view stats summarised by country i.e. total number of visits for each country
- clients can now view stats for the current day
- Performance improved when writing stats by updating to an hourly table - this means you won't see stats for the current hour. The hourly table is merged into the total table on the hour.
The IIS visitor counter can be implemented not only on web sites hosted by IIS but also on web sites that are not hosted by IIS providing the hosting Server supports Microsoft's ASP - contact IIS for details and how to go about inserting the facility on your site.
There is no additional monthly hosting charge for the IIS Hit Counter if your web site is hosted at IIS. There is a one-time charge for its implementation during which the web site is configured for the counter, the database initialised and a client login ID and password issued. For web sites that are not hosted with IIS there is a one-time charge and a small monthly fee. Contact IIS for details.
The demo Home Page www.iisgroup.co.za/hitcounterdemo shows a typical Home page with the visitor counter implemented. By logging on to www.iisgroup.co.za/hitcounter and using the login ID of demo and password of demo you can access the statistics management for the demo page and view the statistics, reset the counter, display or hide it on the demo Home page etc.
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