When it comes to your website, you want to make sure you know whose visiting and how many visitors you are receiving. Sure, you could get one of those counters, but those are likely counting your refreshes and each time you click a link to that main page, you are getting counted as a visitor. Very unreliable and not the best way to know whose visiting.
While I'm here today to cover CrawlTrack, there are 2 other ways that I recommend, and those will not be covered here: Google Analytics which is as easy as placing a file or a code on your server, and of course, the Control Panel's statistics that record who visits the pages.
CrawlTrack will give you detailed statistics in graph format about who is visiting, the referring site (site holding the link to your site they clicked on from another site), the bots who visited your site and how often, the server load, hack attempts, how many pages were visited and for how long, among other useful information.
You want to know as accurately as possible whose visiting and from where, so you know who to cater to and of course, when it comes to a flow of people, whether its time to get some advertising on your site.
So here is another very reliable program that many sites use called CrawlTrack.
The easiest way to display this information is in steps.
1. Download it here: http://www.crawltrack.net/download.php
2. After you've downloaded the package, unzip, and upload the entire folder as is or into a folder of a similar name (CrawlTrack, Tracking, etc.)
You will want to CHMOD the entire folder including subdirectories to 777.
3. After the CHMOD, type this in to the address bar: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/
This is the installation and you will go through a series of screens.Part 1: Language Select your language and click Ok.
Part 2: Explanation Part 3: Database information-> SQL Username
-> SQL Password
-> SQL Host
-> SQL Database
If you've entered in the information correctly, CrawlTrack will automatically set up everything for you and you should see:
:::Connection files OK.
:::Tables creation OK.
Part 4: Website Information.Website name:
You are now set up.
If you want to add your site to the CrawlTrack directory, you may do so by visiting this link: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/
I believe they do ask for a reciprocal link. If you check out my other tutorial about Advertising and Promoting your Website, it is probably not a bad idea to link exchange with them, as it may help your site greatly.
Site Information for crawltrack.net on Alexa Traffic Rank: 80,313
You should be taken to the login screen from here. If not, type in the address: http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/ and the login should appear. Type in your information and enter.
You have now installed CrawlTrack.
4. Make sure you CHMOD all your files to 655.
5. In order to activate CrawlTrack, place this code in the index file that is your home page where your visitors are entering, above everything:
<?php$crawltsite=1;require_once("/home/www/mysite.com/CrawlTrack/crawltrack.php");?>If you are already using php, than you just need to copy the code between the <?php tag and the ?> tag.
Congratulations. You can now use CrawlTrack to gather an assorted amount of useful statistics data.
To visit your daily track record, you can simply type in http://forums.xisto.com/no_longer_exists/ and enter from there.
You also have the ability to make this a public view and your visitors can see your data without you having to worry about any security breaches.
The first thing you should do is test it. Once logged in, click on the Wrench Icon which is your Administration page, and create a Test Crawler. You can leave this test on from 2-24 hours but don't forget to delete the Test Crawler afterwards, or your server is taking quite a bit of the load from a test bot.
Explore around. It's an amazing tool to have in addition to Google Analytics and your AwStats in your Control Panel.
For more advanced protection, download CrawlProtect: http://www.crawltrack.net/crawlprotect/download.php
While a tutorial on setup for CrawlProtect will not be covered at this time, installation is very similar. Upload the files to a directory called CrawlProtect, chmod to 777, type in mysite.com/CrawlProtect/index.php and enter in the information. Chmod the files back to 644 afterwards.
CrawlProtect protects you in two ways: By making changes through Chmod to important folders and by making changes to the .htaccess file, which can be very useful in stopping any attempts at hacking to your site dead in its path.
Caution: CrawlProtect will make changes to the .htaccess file after you specify it to do so. A more detailed tutorial on CrawlProtect may be released in the future. You should only take certain things from this .htaccess file or else you could be locked out of your site. So be very careful when making any changes to the .htaccess file!