AWStats

As much as I like the bstat functionality of bsuite, I never intended it to be a replacement for a full server log-based stats application. That’s why I’m happy my hosting provider offers AWStats. The reports suggested ways to optimize my pages so that I could control my bandwidth consumption — up to 3.7GB/day before optimization, now 1.8GB/day.

But today I found an AWStat feature that got me excited enough to email the university sysadmin about it: email stats. He once claimed that I received the most email of any user on campus, but he had to do the kind of command-line gymnastics that sysadmins are expected to do to figure it out. AWStats makes it easy and pretty, the kind of thing you show the CIO so s/he can bookmark it and know how hard you’re working.

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