Friday, June 4, 2010

How to access your Web analytics tools on cpanel

by Jim Mercado

Time to have a look at a back-end. If your host offers cPanel with your hosting account, you can get access to your Web analytics tools by following 3 straightforward steps :


1. Point your browser to the control panel.

typically, you can obtain access to your cPanel installation by typing your URL, followed by a chop and then cpanel. Here's an example : http://www.yoururl.com/cpanel
That URL will generally direct you to another URL that corresponds with your web hosting supplier, so do not be alarmed if the URL changes. If you know that your hosting company offers cPanel but the instructions above don't take you nywhere, you could need to contact your host provider to get the URL for your cPanel installation.

2. Enter your user name and password and click OK to get access to thecontrol panel.

You are greeted with a pop-up box that indoctrinates you to enter your Name and Password. You'll opt to choose a check box that offers to recollect your password so you don't have to enter it next time around. ( if you've already forgotten your Name and Password, of if you never knew what it was to begin with, contact your website hosting supplier for details. )

3. In the Web/FTP Stats section ( in the middle column, the second category ), click the software that you would like to use.

Voil! You have access to a whole world of data. You'll see one or two different links in this section. The options available in this area rely on what your internet host has enabled for the server. Continue reading to see what type of info these links offer. If your host has enabled several different analytics applications, you're almost certainly wondering which link to click. Do not be disturbed : The choice is not as dramatic as taking the red tablet or the blue tablet. You aren't in The Matrix. The following sections function as a quick guide to understanding what's behind all those'doors' so you can walk through the one you really need.

AWStats statistics
AWStats is a popular, free analytics application that displays your traffic logs graphically. Feature-rich and fast, it's enerally a nice option if you need to get overview information for your site. One of the disadvantages to this choice is that it displays data monthly but does not give you the power to see information for one special day or a date range.

Urchin Stats

as quickly as you click the Urchin link, you can notice that the Urchin control interface is exceptionally graphical. It also parses your log files and exhibits the information graphically, like AWStats. Urchin might run a touch slower due to its graphic-rich interface, but it allows you to see data by day, week, year, or any other custom data range you care to view. Urchin is useful because it offers a word list of terms.

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