PBS Wiki Statistics

Kipp McMichael kimcmich@hotmail.com
Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:39:59 PST

  I looked over the stats and wondered if the section titles "LastDay" is showing hits by hour. The spikes at 11pm/midnight and the spike at noon makes me think a significant part of the measured traffic may be automated web crawling software. The operating system and referrer stats also show big numbers for "unknown." That makes me think somewhere between 1/2 and 1/3 of the hits measured are not people but software. 20K hits a week is still significant - but it does look like alot of the "pure" hits are non-human (which is pretty standard for websites generally).


> Date: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 08:29:35 -0800
> To: pbs@lists.ibiblio.org
> From: msittner@mcn.org
> Subject: [pbs] PBS Wiki Statistics
> Hi,
> PmWiki which is the wiki software we are currently using has many 
> recipes you can add to create new features. We have tried to keep our 
> wiki simple so haven't added a lot of them although from time to time 
> David Pilling has found ones that we think are useful and installed 
> them.  A little more than a week ago he added a recipe that allows us 
> to look at how many times each page is accessed. In a little over a 
> week there have been 42,664 page views at my last look. I believe 
> this justifies all of the time that has been put into creating the pbs wiki.
> Our previous wiki kept track of how many hits each page got and we 
> had a Most Popular page so you could see which pages were viewed the 
> most often. Although this might seem to be a way of determining which 
> bulb was most popular, since a lot of the people who viewed the wiki 
> are referred by a Google search engine, the more unusual bulbs would 
> have less competition for pages to find information so could get more 
> hits. In addition we have split up a lot of the pages that we have a 
> lot of pictures of so each page won't take so long to load and 
> sometimes adding a hybrid page to distinguish from the species page, 
> so have multiple pages for :
> Albuca, Allium, Alstroemeria, Amaryllis, Arisaema, Babiana, Brodiaea, 
> Calochortus, Colchicum, Crinum, Crocus, Cyclamen, Cyrtanthus, 
> Delphinium, Drimia, Erythronium, Favorite Blue Bulbs,  Favorite 
> Orange Bulbs, Favorite Pink Bulbs, Favorite White Bulbs, Favorite 
> Yellow Bulbs, Fritillaria, Geissorhiza, Gladiolus, Haemanthus, 
> Hesperantha, Hippeastrum, Homeria, Hymenocallis, Iris, Ismene, Ixia, 
> Lachenalia, Legacy Bulbs, Lilium, Mendocino Sonoma Coast, Moraea, 
> Narcissus, Namaqualand, Nerine, Ornithogalum, Oxalis, Pelargonium, 
> Roggeveld, Romulea, Sparaxis, Tigridia, TOW (Topic of the Week), 
> Trillium, Triteleia, Tritonia, Tulipa, Watsonia, Zephyranthes
> For some of these we may have just one or two extra pages and for 
> others we have a lot of pages. Allium, Arisaema, Calochortus, Crinum, 
> Crocus, Fritillaria, Gladiolus, Iris, Lilium, Narcissus are a few of 
> the ones with many pages. So to measure their popularity you'd have 
> to add up all the hits for all the pages.
> When we changed to the new wiki I saved the most popular page from 
> the old wiki. The thirty pages with the most hits in the old wiki in 
> order were:
> HomePage
> MostPopular
> PhotographsAndInformation
> Iris
> Nothoscordum
> Lilium
> TitleSearch
> RecentChanges
> Hippeastrum
> HardinessZoneMaps
> Alstroemeria
> Crocus
> Zephyranthes
> BeardlessIrises
> Curcuma
> Tigridia
> Freesia
> Amaryllis
> MendocinoCoastBotanicalGardens
> Oxalis
> UploadFile
> Nerine
> NarcissusHybrids
> Hymenocallis
> Ornithogalum
> Scilla
> Crinum
> Tulipa
> SouthAfricanOxalis
> Begonia
> Alocasia
> If you are interested in seeing the 30 pages that were viewed the 
> most in the past week you can add to any wiki page:
> ?action=totalcounter
> It will also tell you the pages viewed that day and the referral 
> sources and a number of other things. You can expand beyond 30 by 
> adding the number you want to see to this  &TotalCounterMaxItems=
> For example:
> <http://pacificbulbsociety.org/pbswiki/index.php/…>
> will allow you to see a count for the hits for 500 wiki pages (if 
> that many have had hits) since David added the counter. You can see 
> if the same things are still the most popular (and many of them are).
> This recipe seems to self destruct over time so we don't know how 
> long it will last, but in the meantime I am finding it very 
> interesting. We hope it will encourage some of you who are just 
> adding photos to your own websites to learn how to use the wiki and 
> help us fill in our missing gaps and make this an even better resource.
> Mary Sue
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