Lies, Damn Lies and More Server Statistics | December 31, 2005
I almost never look at my server stats, so despite some great services such as Mint and Measure Map, I doubt I would get much use out of them. However when Google bought Urchin – effectively removing my hosting companies stats package – I decided to sign up for a free account and give it a whirl.
Google Analytics is a bit of a beast of a package, with far more information that I’d ever need. I have issues with the IA and usability of the package as well as it’s limited support for Safari, which makes Mint and Measure Map seem a lot more attractive. However as a FREE stats package, you can’t really complain.
I was looking at some the stats for this site the other day and thought I’d share some of the information with you.
For the month of December this site attracted a total of 63,716 visitors, working out at an average of 2,123 visitors per day. My highest spike was on the 9th where the site attracted 3,820 visitors while the lowest was on the 24th where the site had 1,142 visitors.
The readership of this site mostly comes from the US (35.49%) and the UK (15.62%), with a smaller proportion from Canada (5.06%) and Germany (5.05%). However the long tail is well in effect on this site, with the remaining countries making up 26.06% of the readership.
The majority of people visiting this site use Firefox (42.32%). However Internet Explorer usage is still surprisingly large at 37.85%. Safari comes in at a fairly respectable 14.39% with Opera coming in fourth at 2.98%.
55.74% of Firefox users are using version 1.5 while another 34.49% are using either 1.0.6 or 1.0.7, leaving 9.77% of people using Firefox 1.0.5 and older.
Statistics for Internet Explorer are very interesting, with a whopping 95.78% of visitors using IE6.0. Only 1.07% of people are using IE5.5 and 1.37% using IE5.0. That still amounts to 626 visitors over the course of the month, but is good news if and when I decide to redesign.
The majority of Opera users (90.58%) are using Opera 8.0 or greater, but that still means 191 Opera users are below that threshold. I had expected the majority of Safari users to have been on the latest version, but surprisingly version numbers were all over the place, one of the problems with having so many updates combined with versions being tied into OS versions.
Lastly I’m going to mention screen resolutions. It is evident that the readers of this site like their larger screen resolutions, with only 5.57% of visitors viewing this site on 800×600. Such a low percentage could make me tempted to optimise any redesign for 1024×768, but 5.57% amounts to a lot of people; 3,790 to be exact.
The most popular configuration is still 1024×768 at 39.77%, with 1280×1024 the second most common at 24.83%. However it was interesting to see that 29.83% of visitors view this site on one of 126 different resolutions. I honestly never knew there were so many resolutions available. The highest screen resolution recorded in December was a whopping 3840×1200. That’s over 4.6 million pixels of viewing pleasure!
If you’ve got a blog, why not post up your stats?
Posted at December 31, 2005 11:50 AM