Web log analysis software

Web log analysis software (also called a web log analyzer) is a kind of web analytics software that parses a server log file from a web server, and based on the values contained in the log file, derives indicators about when, how, and by whom a web server is visited. Reports are usually generated immediately, but data extracted from the log files can alternatively be stored in a database, allowing various reports to be generated on demand.

Features supported by log analysis packages may include "hit filters", which use pattern matching to examine selected log data.

Common indicators

  • Number of visits and number of unique visitors
  • Visit duration and last visits
  • Authenticated users, and last authenticated visits
  • Days of week and rush hours
  • Domains/countries of host's visitors.
  • Hosts list
  • Number of page views
  • Most viewed, entry, and exit pages
  • File types
  • OS used
  • Browsers used
  • Robots used
  • HTTP referrer
  • Search engines, key phrases and keywords used to find the analyzed web site
  • HTTP errors
  • Some of the log analyzers also report on who is on the site, conversion tracking, visit time and page navigation.

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