How to Install and Use Your Own Webalizer
If stats are important to you or you want to share them, you can install your own copy of Webalizer on your computer. Unfortunately, the instructions that come with it are written for Linux/Unix systems and not for Windows, even in the Windows install!
1. Download a copy of Webalizer at http://www.mrunix.net/webalizer/download.html
Get the Binary distribution for Win32.
2. Unzip it to a folder on your hard drive such as x:\webalizer where x is the drive designation.
3. In a text editor or, better yet, a proper file editor such as tswebeditor
, open the sample.conf file. Click on File, Save As, and save it as webalizer.conf. This is the name Webalizer will be looking for when it runs.
4. Now browse through the file. All the variables have been commented out with a “#” and there are full explanations preceding them. You will want to uncomment most of the variables and make changes where necessary.
Read the explanations. Be sure not to uncomment the explanations.
For testing purposes, you may wish to download a raw log file into your webalizer folder and set LogFile in line 28 to the name of it. You should comment it out when done.
OutputDir in line 42 should be set to a subdirectory of the webalizer directory or to some other folder such as c:/webalizer/output or c:/mysitestats
HostName in line 94 should be set to your domain name.
PageType in lines 108-112 are fine by default but you may want to add .php as a type.
DNSCache in line 131 should not be uncommented if running webalizer in Windows. It only works with Linux/Unix. You won’t be able to resolve countries because of this.
GMTTime in line 221 may be changed to yes if you prefer GMT time.
VisitTimeout in line 252 may be changed if you wish. The default is fine too.
IndexAlias on lines 253 and 254, be careful about adding to these or even uncommenting them. They will slow webalizer down.
Hide* , the Hide commands can be used to tailor your reports and eliminate various items or group them together. You will have to play with these to get what you want.
MangleAgents on line 512 may be changed if you really care what browser they used. You should change it to something above 0.
DumpPath in line 545 leave commented out to send the output to the output file you specified instead.
DumpExtension in line 561 should be changed to csv if you might want to use Excel to look at the results.
Dump* in lines 566-571 may be changed to yes to dump for Excel. Not necessary otherwise.
5. Test your installation. Run webalizer.exe. If you don’t get any errors and you get output, congratulations! If you do get errors, check your conf file again.
6. Now you will want to comment out LogFile in line 28 again.
7. Download your raw access files to the webalizer folder.
8. To run Webalizer, go to Start, Run and type in path\webalizer.exe filename.gz
ie c:\webalizer\webalizer.exe mysite.com-may-2004.gz
Be sure to move the output to another folder or subfolder to keep it.
This could all be automated with a simple batch file:
echo LIST of STATS (.gz) FILES
for %%A in (*.gz) do echo %%A
set /p file=ENTER FILE NAME(I.E. mysite.com-month-year.gz)
set /p folder=ENTER THE STATS FOLDER NAME(I.E. May2004)
move c:\webalizer\output\*.* c:\webalizer\%folder%
Copy and paste it in a text editor like Notepad (NOT a word processor like Word) and edit the paths. Save it to a file in your webalizer folder. Name it what you please as long as it ends in .bat such as "stats.bat". The :labels are included in case you are feeling adventurous and want to add error checking.
HINT: If you want to share stats with someone else such as a customer, you can upload the output folder to your account under public_html and have them browse to it. It works like any other web page. You can password protect the folder with Web Protect in Cpanel if you wish. You could also design a custom Excel file using dumps to show off the stats since this would be easy to email. Or you can zip up the output folder and attach to an email.