There are times when you talk to advertisers telling them how great your website or your blog is and then they are asking you for a proof. It’s a valid request especially if you are claiming a good amount of traffic per day or a demographic area of your visitors. AWStats is a good traffic statistic and it normally comes by default when you are in a shared web host account. Unfortunately, you can’t see the stat unless if you are logged in to your cPanel account.
There is a simple hack though to make awstats available to public through a simple PHP script.
The script to make AWStats public can be accessed on Josheli.com.
You simply have to create a PHP file (or just save the one from the Josheli.com), change a few lines on the script and then upload the script anywhere on your site:
$user = 'yourUsername';//your cpanel username
$pass = 'yourPassword';//your cpanel password
$domain = 'cravingtech.com/blog';//do not include 'http://' or 'www.'
$config_domain = '';
I also changed the dynamic_images variable to true.
$dynamic_images = true;
There doesn’t seem to be a way to limit what information can be hidden or displayed so you are going to give the advertisers the full stats. Whether this is a good or bad thing, I let you decide.
There are also some arguments whether AWStats gives a more accurate visitors statistics or Google Analytics’ but I’m not gonna discuss it here. Feel free to discuss it on the comments, though.