What counts as a "visit" in AWStats?

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  1. Fergal

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    Do you know how visits are counted in AWStats? E.g. if I visit a website ten times in one hour, from the same PC, would that be counted as ten visits?
     
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    I checked AWStats own documentation, and in their Glossary of Terms it says:

    "A unique visitor is a person or computer (host) that had made at least 1 hit on 1 page during the current period shown by the report. If this user makes several visits during this period, it is counted only once."

    Using that criteria, I would think that multiple visits by the same person, using the same computer, would count as only one visit.
     
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    Well, the "number of visit" is actually the number of the visit, mean that if you visit a website 10 times in one hour, from the same PC, it counted as 10 visits

    If you look at the AWstats, you can actually found another called as "unique visitor", it is different to "number of visitor". For the same case as above, you visit the website 10 time, it counted as 1
     
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    No, that user may be called as returning user and your returning user value increases. Each tool get the 1 visit from the an IP.
     
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    Visits:
    Number of visits made by all visitors.
    Think "session" here, say a unique IP accesses a page, and then requests three other pages within an hour. All of the "pages" are included in the visit, therefore you should expect multiple pages per visit and multiple visits per unique visitor (assuming that some of the unique IPs are logged with more than an hour between requests)


    http://awstats.sourceforge.net/docs/awstats_glossary.html#3
     
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    Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. It's a little confusing but I think I understand it now. Am I correct in stating the following;

    If I visit a site and go to quite a few different pages on that site (using the same PC and IP address) within an hour, that would be counted as one visit. However, if I visit a site, then leave it and go back to it a few times, within the same hour, that would be counted as multiple visits?
     
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    Yes. But when go to the "unique visit", then both of them are counted as one.
    That's the different between visit and unique visit
     
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    Thanks for the clarification Sigma, that is very helpful.
     
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    Note that the above says at least 1 hit on 1 page, not "1 hit on 1 page". It also says "several visits during this period (are) counted only once".

    The important part here is where it says "multiple visits per unique visitor (assuming some of the unique IPs are logged with more than an hour between requests.

    Taking a look at the posts quoted above, it seems that visiting multiple pages, then leaving and returning one or more times within an hour, would be counted as one visit.
     
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    Thanks Joseph, it's not that easy to understand how visits are calculated, but that does help clarify it.
     
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    Thanks very much J Greig, that is really helpful. It is an excellent article that explains the topic very well.
     
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    I do compare both anaytics and AW stat, it report differently, what makes the different?
     
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    I also get very different figures from Analytics than AWStats altcom. I don't know what causes it, unfortunately.
     

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