SurfStats Website Analytics and SurfStatsLive - Differences

How does SurfStats Website Analytics differ from SurfStatsLive? The table below lists the differences between the two web site statistics product groups:

SurfStats Website Analytics SurfStatsLive
Client- or Server-based Installation. Server-based Installation.
Runs on Microsoft Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, 2003, Vista, 2008 and XP. Log files can be read from most types of web servers. Runs on Windows 2000/2003/2008 Server only, although log files can be read from most types of web servers.
On-demand interactive and scheduled web site statistics report generation through SurfStats Website Analytics application and SurfStats Scheduler. On-demand interactive web site statistics report generation through web browser accessing SurfStatsLive Real-Time Reporting Server on a Virtual Web Server.
No user authentication. Interactive and scheduled running of application. User authentication system.
  • Three user levels.
  • Authenticates SurfStatsLive users and Profile Administrators.
  • Authenticate Server Administrators on Windows user database (SAM) or Windows domain.
Site profiles identify web site specifics like name and location of log files, filters, home page URL, language, theme, GMT offset etc. Site profiles identify web site specifics like name and location of log files, filters, home page URL, language, theme, GMT offset etc. Site profile also stores SurfStatsLive users' (end users') login credentials (username and password).
On-demand or scheduled collection of log files, update of site profile databases and generation of reports in one step. Scheduled collection of log files and update of site profile databases in one step (performed by SurfStatsLive Merging Service on Server). Report generation interactively done when requested by end-user with web browser.
Scans IIS Metabase with IIS Import Wizard. Treats IIS Metabase as read-only. Scans IIS Metabase on SurfStatsLive Server and other content web servers upon Server Administrator's request. Treats IIS Metabase as read-only.
Collection of log files from file folders and FTP Servers. Collection of log files from file folders only.
Interactive and scheduled report output to screen, folder, FTP Server and e-mail. Interactive report output to screen (in web browser).
Grouping of site profiles (on screen only). Grouping of site profiles in profile groups and categorizing of profile groups.
Licensing per machine (client or server). Unlimited site profiles with Professional and Enterprise Edition. Licensing per server and number of log sources. Log source packs increase number of site profiles available in quantities of 100.
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