As a website owner you're naturally keen to know how many people are visiting your site and probably what they look at and when.
Outside the EU and UK
If you are outside the EU and the UK and not subject to the EU GDPR and ePrivacy Directives then you have two fairly straightforward free options (depending upon privacy regulations in your country).
There is a simple visitor counter built into the system which you can switch on in Site Settings --> Site Settings. The counter will show at the bottom of your site - scroll to the footer to see our one. It's not very accurate (because it doesn't discriminate between humans and bots) but it will give you a very rough idea of how your site is doing.
This is pretty much the industry standard stats facility for small and medium websites. It stores huge amounts of information and can be very complex to use, but also very useful in determining how your website is performing. When you sign up for Google Analytics (which is free) you'll be supplied with an identifier something like UA-12345678-1. Enter it in Site Settings --> Advanced Settings and the tracking code will be automatically added to all pages on your site.
Within the EU or UK
Both the methods mentioned above are available to you, but you now have to consider how they are impacted by the legislation which applies - effectively the EU GDPR and ePrivacy Directives. These are too long and complex for us to go into here, but our current summary would be:
If you are a small business or sports club etc...
If you are a parish or community council...
An example of the types of statistics you would get and how they would be presented is shown by the live report for this site below. If you are interested in having this facility on your site contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adding this option to your site will cost you an additional £10 per annum on your annual renewal.
There are alternative analytics and stat counters available on the web. For example Fathom Analytics is another GDPR compliant system, and there are lots of legacy stats counters. If you have one you'd like to implement on your Spanglefish site, email us and we'll look into how best to do this for you.
Page Last Updated: 09 December 2021