Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page
What Possible benefits will my
company gain from a Web Site?
There are several possible benefits: Your customers can easily
access your contact information. If you have your own domain name, the internet can work like a phone book or a yellow page ad. You can
also offer goods and services to your existing customer base and find new customers.
The most important benefit is that a web presence can give your customers
easy and fast access to your products and services.
How much will a Poverty
Island designed website cost me?
Our sites have been averaging $400.00 for the
top page (Including consultation, image scanning content development and
proofing) and $100.00 for each additional page after that. If you
provide the images, logos and content, your site would cost even less!
In addition to our design charges, there is a monthly hosting fee of
$19.95 per month and a Network Solutions domain name charge of $35.00 per
Wait a minute...I know of web
developers that charge over $4,000.00 for a skimpy little five page website!
Sadly, that is way too common. Since professional web designers
no longer do the HTML coding manually, the time needed to format
and upload a website is about the same as typing and printing a letter! At Poverty
Island, we charge by the
hour. In fact, we often turn a three-fold brochure into a handsome,
functional web site in 3 hours or less (~$200.00), and that includes account and domain setup!
Gosh, you guys are really Great! What
else can you do?
I am so glad you asked. In addition to our website design and
hosting services, we offer site maintenance for your existing site, which
can range from minor updates to a total site redesign. If you aren't
happy with your present hosting situation, we can move your site (free!)
to one of our new servers and offer a 99.9% uptime or your
month is free! We also can convert your printed catalog to a PDF file for
distribution from your website, floppy disk or CD-Rom! Then, of
course, we still offer Photography, Marine Surveying, AutoCAD Design and
General Marine Contracting Services as well. Call for details. "If
we can't do it, we'll know who can"
RECORDS - What do they mean?
The yearly (index) report shows statistics for a 12 Month period, and
links to each month. The monthly report has detailed statistics for that
month with additional links to any URL's and referrers found. The various
totals shown are explained below.
Any request made to the server which is logged, is considered a 'hit'. The
requests can be for anything... html pages, graphic images, audio files,
cgi scripts, etc... Each valid line in the server log is counted as a hit.
This number represents the total number of requests that were made to the
server during the specified report period.
Some requests made to the server, require that the server then send
something back to the requesting client, such as a html page or graphic
image. When this happens, it is considered a 'file' and the files total is
incremented. The relationship between 'hits' and 'files' can be thought of
as 'incoming requests' and 'outgoing responses'.
Pages are, well, pages! Generally, any HTML document, or anything that
generates an HTML document, would be considered a page. This does not
include the other stuff that goes into a document, such as graphic images,
audio clips, etc... This number represents the number of 'pages' requested
only, and does not include the other 'stuff' that is in the page. What
actually constitutes a 'page' can vary from server to server. The default
action is to treat anything with the extension '.htm', '.html' or '.cgi'
as a page. A lot of sites will probably define other extensions, such as
'.phtml', '.php3' and '.pl' as pages as well. Some people consider this
number as the number of 'pure' hits... I'm not sure if I totaly agree with
that viewpoint. Some other programs (and people :) refer to this as 'Pageviews'.
Whenever a request is made to the server from a given IP address (site),
the amount of time since a previous request by the address is calculated
(if any). If the time difference is greater than a pre-configured 'visit
timeout' value (or has never made a request before), it is
considered a 'new visit', and this total is incremented (both for the
site, and the IP address). The default timeout value is 30 minutes (can be
changed), so if a user visits your site at 1:00
in the afternoon, and then returns at 3:00, two visits would be
registered. Note: in the 'Top Sites' table, the visits total should be
discounted on 'Grouped' records, and thought of as the "Minimum number of
visits" that came from that grouping instead. Note: Visits only occur on
PageType requests, that is, for any request whose URL is one of the 'page'
types defined with the PageType option. Due to the limitation of the HTTP
protocol, log rotations and other factors, this number should not be taken
as absolutely accurate, rather, it should be considered a pretty close
Each request made to the server comes from a unique 'site', which can be
referenced by a name or ultimately, an IP address. The 'sites' number
shows how many unique IP addresses made requests to the server during the
reporting time period. This DOES NOT mean the
number of unique individual users (real people) that visited, which is
impossible to determine using just logs and the HTTP protocol (however,
this number might be about as close as you will get).
The KBytes (kilobytes) value shows the amount of data, in KB, which was
sent out by the server during the specified reporting period. This value
is generated directly from the log file, so it is up to the web server to
produce accurate numbers in the logs (some web servers do stupid things
when it comes to reporting the number of bytes). In general, this should
be a fairly accurate representation of the amount of outgoing traffic the
server had, regardless of the web servers reporting quirks. (Note: A
kilobyte is 1024 bytes, not 1000 bytes)
Top Entry and Exit Pages
The Top Entry and Exit Pages give rough estimates of what URL’s are used
to enter your site, and what the last pages viewed are. Because of
limitations in the HTTP protocol, log rotations, etc... This number should
be considered a good "rough guess" of the actual numbers, however will
give a good indication of the overall trend in where users come into, and
exit, your site.