The Logs Panel in your cPanel hosting account is a great place to get data about what is going on in your account and more specifically in each of your Web sites. Though you may be using Google analytics, the web hosting account Logs panel can give you very specific information in very great detail that can supplement what you are learning with Google analytics.
Some veterans use the raw log data as a main source of information, that is something that will be covered in another article because the raw data are hard to read and digest without some time to learn how to decipher the information.
This function shows you the last 300 people that have accessed your site. It is a great way to get an idea of who is visiting. You see their IP address and also the different pages they visited.
This feature lets you see the bandwidth usage for your site. It shows the current month’s bandwidth usage as well as your total bandwidth usage. This includes all HTTP (web) and POP (mail) bandwidth usage and may include FTP bandwidth usage if your system administrator has enabled FTP bandwidth logging. It is a way to monitor how much of a pipeline you are using. If things get tight, it might be time to go to a dedicated server for $20 a month rather than staying with a shared server.
Webalizer is a complex stats program that produces a variety of charts and graphs about who has visited your site. It is a way of seeing how many hits and files are served up,how many pages and visits occur on a daily and monthly basis to a particular web site. It is a good way to get an overall picture of what is going on for a specific site in your portfolio.
Webalizer FTP is a complex stats program that produces a variety of charts and graphs about who has visited your site using ftp protocol. This performs the same function as Webalizer only for all the ftp accounts you have set up.
Raw Access logs
Raw Access Logs allow you to see who has accessed your site without the use of graphs, charts or other graphics. You can use the Raw Access Logs menu to download a zipped version of the server’s access log for your site. This can be very useful when you need to see who is accessing your site quickly.
This function will display the last 300 errors for your site. This can be very useful for determining what links are broken on your site, or what files do not exist that should. Checking this log frequently can help keep your site running smoothly.
Choose Log programs
This function allows you to choose what stats programs you will use when viewing site statistics, if you are allowed to do so. Don’t worry about this function until you have more time and experience.
Awstats produces visual statistics about visitors of your site. This is by far one of the most useful functions. It breaks down data by month, day, hour so you can see trends and determine your best chronological data. It will show where your visitors are coming from, what pages they are accessing, keywords and keyword phrases used. It will tell you which search engine bots are crawling your site, what countries of origin your visitors are coming from.
Awstats is a great way to supplement other analytics you are using and is very easy to understand. You should definitely take a look and try it out for yourself.
The cPanel logs panel is a great resource to use and find out how your web sites are doing. The data will certainly help you determine what is working and what is not. Use it along with some of the other tools at your disposal like Google analytics. Best of all it comes at no additional cost to your monthly subscription fee to your web host.
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