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Hi everyone! My name is Vince Bennett from the TMDHosting.com Genius Support Team and in this article we will talk about the best tools to track the stats of your website.

Nowadays we all know how important is to have the right information and statistics for our website: we can easily track the visitors, monitor the uptime and gain other useful information, so we can build our business plan and see how successful the website really is.

The tools provided below are divided into two groups: Website Uptime Monitoring and Web Analytics Tools.

Web Analytics Tools:

1. AWStats

AWStats comes pre-installed on all our hosting packages and you can easily access it via your cPanel -> Logs -> AWStats. This free tool offers a great range of information for your website. You can also view daily and monthly stats for your visitors, bandwidth, total hist and so on. The tool is really useful and it will provide you with the information you might expect from such statistics package.

2. Google Analytics

This is one of the most used tools worldwide. The free tool provided by Google allows you to track different pieces of information for your website. It gives accurate statistics for almost all stats a cookie can track: your visitors, browsers, different countries and so on. Also, you can integrate it with another Google tool called Adwords, so you can measure the efficiency of your advertising campaigns. You can also check our introduction to Google Analytics in the following blog post.

3. Sitemeter

Sitemeter is real time website tracking and counter tool which will provide you with important information and data about your audience. With their comprehensive report you will understand from where your visitors come from, what are their interests and much more. The tool has two versions, free and paid. In most cases the free version will provide you with enough data, but if you want even more detailed reports, you may consider upgrading to their paid service.

4. GoStats

GoStats offers free analytics tool and free stats counter for your website. The interesting part of that tool is that it also offers a prediction figure, which may come in handy if you want to get more information how the visitors graph of your
website will grow in future.

5. Piwik

This is a self-hosted analytics solution, which is very similar to the Google Analytics tool. It comes with tons of useful graphs and information, it is absolutely free and you can install it only with a few clicks (it is included into our
Softaculous Auto Installer) and you can install it to test its functionality. With only a few lines of code added to your website you will get accurate stats about your visitors and traffic.

Website Uptime Monitoring:

6. Uptime Robot

This free uptime monitoring tool checks the header status of your website every five minutes and if it notices an issue it continues with further checks, so you can know when there is an issue with the accessibility to your site. With it you can monitor up to 50 websites with one account and you can get notifications via email, SMS and RSS.

7. Pingdom

Pingdom offers two types of accounts: free and paid. With the basic free account you can monitor only one website and you have the option to choose the time when your website will be checked: from one minute upwards. Also, you can use the an iPhone application to receive push notifications when there is an issue with the access to the monitored website. Another possible methods for alerts are email and SMS notifications. The paid version of the tool of course will extend the notifications and the total number of websites you can monitor.

8. BasicState

This is another free site uptime monitor and alert service. With it you can check unlimited number of websites via single free account and you can get notified if there is an issue via email or SMS. Another great feature of the service is that you can generate a daily uptime report with history of the uptime of each website for the last 14 days.

9. Mon.Itor.Us

This tools is fast and fully customized free monitoring solution for your needs. You can track your site’s response time and performance from different checkpoint locations in major markets worldwide. Additionally, there are other features you can use, such as network, server and full-page load monitoring tools.

10. Site Uptime

The last tool we will talk about in this article is called Site Uptime. It is a website monitoring service that checks your website or server at predefined intervals and notifies you via email or SMS if a problem is detected. With the free account you can monitor one website at 30 or 60 minutes interval from various locations around the world. The paid plan will extend the functionality of the service with different add- ons like error details, statistics download feature and many more.

All those tools are really helpful and can serve you if you want to get an accurate and detailed information about the visitors of your website and its overall uptime status. They all are widely used by millions of people and you should definitely try some of them. Feel free to discuss in the comments below which one of them is your favorite one or share if you are using a different one.