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Why Statistics differ so much after the multidomain reorganization

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9:11 am
September 8, 2009


dumpuse

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Hi,

 

We have reorganized our sites from the multi-domain structure to a “sub-site” structure.

 

1. EARLIER we had (multidomain) :

 

UK.mysite.com

FR.mysite.com

DE.mysite.com

ES.mysite.com

 

This is monitored with 4 Awstats configuration files. And the settings:

HostAliases="uk.mysite.com"

HostAliases="fr.mysite.com"

HostAliases="fr.mysite.com"

HostAliases="fr.mysite.com"

 

 

2. TODAY we have (subdirectories):

Mysite.com/pays/FR

Mysite.com/pays/UK

Mysite.com/pays/DE

Mysite.com/pays/ES

 

And the extraction in Awstats is made  through:

 

HostAliases="mysite.com"

 OnlyFiles="REGEX[pays\\/fr]"

OnlyFiles="REGEX[pays\\/uk]"

OnlyFiles="REGEX[pays\\/de]"

OnlyFiles="REGEX[pays\\/es]"

 

 

This seems to work somewhat. The trends are OK. But the there is significant divergence in the results. Comparing the row numbers, it looks we have lost a lot of visitors/pages/hits.

 

With the new method:

-         The number of visitors have decreased significantly (> 50%)

-         The number of clicks has decreased (From 25 hits/visit to 3 hits/visit)

-         Number of pages decreased slightly.

 

Any idea about the difference. I suppose it could be that there was some spill-over between the sites. A visitor coming from UK.mysite.com to FR.mysite.com might have been  counted as a different user in both statistics.

 

Is the  OnlyFiles="REGEX[pays\\/fr]"  valid approach or is there any other method to use in the current layout to get statistics more comparable to previous ones?

 

Thanks in advance for any comment. 

 

12:13 pm
September 8, 2009


Jean-Luc

Admin

posts 1125

Bonjour,

The way you are using OnlyFiles  is valid. The only issue I can think of is about the count of external referrers.

In your old configuration, a visitor coming from UK.mysite.com  and going to FR.mysite.com  was showing UK.mysite.com  as external referrer in the stats of FR.mysite.com . In the new configuration, a visitor going from mysite.com/pays/UK  to mysite.com/pays/FR  remains on the same web domain (being mysite.com ) and no  external referrer will be counted.

An issue to look at might be related to common files to all language sites. You may have the same .css  file for all languages and if this file is under mysite.com/css_dir , the hits on this file will not be counted in any of the new statistics.

I hope this helps.

12:00 pm
September 9, 2009


dumpuse

Member

posts 13

Bonjour Jean-Luc,

 

Thanks for all these ideas. I think you are completely right.

In fact we also had a main site with the domain name mysite.com, that had the largest number of visitors. And the uk.mysite.com, fr.mysite.com etc were small sites sharing many image and css files with the main site.  

So, I can understand that the number of hits and pages have dramatically decreased.

 

Concerning the impact of  referrers on visits in Awstats:

An external referrer is considered in Awstats a visitor but not an “internal referrer” ? Am I correct?.

 

If so, with the current configuration:

 

Mysite.com

Mysite.com/pays/fr

Mysite.com/pays/uk

And the OnlyFiles option in Awstats

 

 to be able estimate these internal referrers, I  could use an Extrasection such as:

 

ExtraSectionCondition1=”URL,^\\/pays\\/.*\\/$”
ExtraSectionFirstColumnTitle1=”CrossVisitors”
ExtraSectionFirstColumnValues1=”HOST,^(.*)$”
ExtraSectionFirstColumnFormat1=”%s”

 

Or, it would not make any sense?

 

Many thanks.

1:10 pm
September 9, 2009


Jean-Luc

Admin

posts 1125

One would naturally believe that referrers are related to visits or visitors. In fact, in AWStats, they are related to pages and hits (which is technically more correct). For each hit, AWStats checks the referrer. If the referrer is from the same domain, it is an internal referrer. These internal referrrers are usually not displayed in the reports. To have them in the report, replace

IncludeInternalLinksInOriginSection=0

by

IncludeInternalLinksInOriginSection=1

in your AWStats config file.

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