What do the various dashboard analytics stats mean?

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    Probably a dumb question....but I can't find a definitive answer. What exactly do the number in the analytics actually represent?
    I have:
    Page Views
    Page Views Registered
    Page Views Guest
    Page Views Bot
    Unique Visitors
    But what exactly is being represented by each category? I thought I understood them but maybe someone can explain for me.

  • GNU/Linux

    I'm assuming you're referring to the chart in the main admin control panel?


    The two main analytics tracked are pageviews and unique visitors.

    • Page views are fairly self-explanatory, one page load or transition to a new page counts as a new page view.
    • Unique visitors is based on the IP address, and so every time a new IP address shows up in that hour, the count is incremented by one. We also track unique visitors on a daily, weekly, monthly, and all-time basis, for the numbers here:
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    • The "registered", "guest", and "bot" variants for pageviews increment alongside each pageview, but depending on whether the user is logged in (or not), or whether that request came from a bot.
      • "registered" and "guest" should add up to the total pageviews, since you're either registered or not.
      • "bots" are usually also guests, but we use some basic logic to detect whether they're a bot or not (probably user-agent string)
      • For a variety of reasons, the "bot" count is not always predictable, since some bots are rather obscure, or fudge their user-agent strings, so take this number with a grain of salt.

    I hope that answers your questions, let me know if there's anything else you'd like to know.

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