COUNTING DAILY VISITORS TO YOUR HOMEPAGE IS FUN & GAMES

If you are using a Windows NT server the following tricks should make it relatively easy to count the daily number of visitors to your homepage.

The webmaster on my son's server created the following directories AFTER my "bobrich" homepage for me:

A: "vistor" directory spelled just that way. There is nothing in it.

B:W3SVC18 (all caps) which displays ALL daily visitor logs for the past few months in the format of ex020409.log = March 9, 2002 etc..

I go to this directory every evening at 8 pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time which is midnight UTC and click the day's file. This gives me the option of saving the file in my d:\demo directory which I do.

I then close the W3SVC18 directory and go to the DOS d:\demo directory and run a tiny program which I wrote that counts the number of times my users went to the index function which gives me the number of visitors that day that visited my homepage. I write the number down and then go to my favorite drawing program, ZSoft's old Paintbrush 5+.

The fundamental layout of the visitors .gif graphic named marapr.gif for March and April is all visitors of March are displayed day by day and visitors for April drawn in day by day as the month proceeds. The marapr.gif for April 8, 2002 is shown below

My next step is to go to my d:lviewpro directory and set the background color to light blue with Lviewpro.exe and then I save it in my g:\hotdog directory for a later move to my / directory which is what you see on my homepage. I am almost done in about 5 minutes so far.

In my start direcory I select "Programs" and then select WS_FTP95 LE which makes me set my password and then my ISP which then loads and displays my / directory on the right side. On the top left side I set G:\hotdog and then transfer the new marapr.gif file to the / directory.

Though this all sounds pretty time consuming but it only takes me about 10 minutes to acomplish including going to my Bookmark directory and checking my "PC Assembly Language tutorials and demos" pages for any mistakes. There are of course easier and faster ways to do all these functions in Windows 95, but I do not know how. I feel lucky as a 75 year old doodler who hates Windows 95 to have gotten this far.

Good luck!