With your website set up, there are various ways in which you can obtain information about the statistics of your website and how well it is performing. In this article, we will be looking at the Hits and the Tracker Code sections of Site Settings.
Basic Information - Hits
The Hits field displays a number that represents the number of clicks you have received on your site. The number in this box increases by 1 each time a person either visits your site or when they click each one of the page buttons or links within your website.
*Tip* - you can reset your Hits any time by deleting the numbers in this box and then clicking the Update button at the bottom of the page. This is useful if you have been testing your website whilst initially building it (chances are you have acquired a fair amount of clicks during this period and want to start a fresh when you have finished).
Basic Information - Tracker Code
The Tracker box allows you to install a third party tracker on your website. A tracker is essentially a more advanced hit counter that can provide you with information such as where your visitors are coming from, what pages they visit, their geographic location, and much more. A hit counter such as your Hits box cannot provide this information on its own.
There are hundreds, if not thousands of trackers available online (both free and paid services) that you can use with your Freestart website. If you are looking to keep your site statistics private and acquire all the information you need to know about your website traffic, we strongly recommend signing up for Google Analytics as a first port of call.
Once you have signed up for your tracker, you will be given a piece of code. This code then needs to be copied and pasted directly into the Tracker Code box as demonstrated in the image above. Clicking the Update button at the bottom of the page will save the tracker to your website and you will be able to track your stats usually within a few hours of doing this through the Google Analytics website (or whichever tracking service you have signed up for).