Many times we get asked the questions:
What's the difference between SurfStats
Website Analytics and SurfStatsLive
Although both process web server log
files to generate website staistics and analytics reports, the main
difference between the two products is that:
SurfStats Website Analytics
is a Windows based application that generates web site statistics
reports on a client or server computer. The log files are parsed
to a database and all the reports are generated after parsing. These
reports can then be viewed from the program or through a web browser.
Note that for SurfStats Website Analytics the log parsing,
profile database update and report generation are performed in one
SurfStatsLive is a server based
system with administrative features and web site statistics reports
accessible through a web browser. The log files are parsed to a
database but the reports are not generated afterwards. The report
menu is accessed with a browser and a requested report is generated
on demand. Note that for SurfStatsLive the log parsing and profile
database update are performed in one step and report generation
is a separate step.
In the diagram below the difference in
operation between the two products are shown.
Which is the right web site statistics
product to use?
The right option would depend on your
SurfStatsLive would be the best suited
are a website host, ISP or organization
that have a Windows 2000/2003/2008 web server available,
need to provide website statistics
on multiple websites to multiple users,
have fairly busy website/s
The main advantages with SurfStatsLive
Any user with a web browser (and
the necessary credentials) can access the web site statistics
reports by logging onto the service.
The product requires less processing
resources because the log files are continuously parsed in the
background and only the requested reports are generated when
SurfStats Website Analytics would
be the best suited if you
are hosting your web site at a site
host (which does not provide a statistics service, just log
are the only party requiring access
to the web site statistics
have to host the reports on a server
other than Windows OS. You would then generate the reports from
a Windows machine to a folder on the (Linux, Mac, etc) server.
Please refer to the
for more detail on the differences between the two products.