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From Owen Boyle <>
Subject Re: Stats
Date Fri, 01 Mar 2002 08:34:59 GMT
"Maceira, Joseph" wrote:
> By users I mean how many internet users are currently connected to my
> website at any given moment in time.

That's easy - the answer is zero. 

The internet is a connectionless medium. A user requests a page - that's
one transaction. Then your server twiddles its thumbs. A little later
that user requests another page - that's another transaction.

In the time between the first and second transaction, was the user
connected? Probably, you would say "yes" - but you only say that because
he asked for a 2nd page... Put it another way, if someone requests your
homepage and then never requests another - is he connected? Was he ever
connected? The ideas of "being connected" is meaningless - this is true
even for password accessed areas.

At any instant in time, you cannot know how many people are looking at
your site. You can tell who looked, what they looked at and when and
also which trail of documents they followed but only by analysis after
the event. 

BTW, It's all in the log-files...


Owen Boyle

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