A couple of weeks ago I was looking at the Stone Steps Webalizer website stats and noticed a sharp drop in visits. Usually that would mean that there was something wrong with the infrastructure, but taking a closer look at the server and the network I couldn't find anything that would point to the problem. The next day was similar, which made me wonder what kind of a world event has happened that drew traffic away off my site.
Today I figured out that this world event was nothing else but the release of the next version of the original Webalizer. The new version, 2.20.01, has a few security fixes and a number of new features, some of which inspired by various Webalizer forks, including Stone Steps Webalizer:
- MaxMind's GeoIP support
- Multi-year history
- IIS (W3C) log file support
- DNS improvements (CacheIPs and CacheTTL)
- Query strings support (StripCGI and SearchCaseI)
- Disable aliasing the default index HTML file
- Configurable graph component colors
- Some HTML improvements (e.g. adding the lang attribute)
- Support for spaces in group configuration options
- Support for case-insensitive configuration values
- Country flag support in the Country Report
Some of the new features are fairly interesting and worth considering for Stone Steps Webalizer some time down the road.
- bzip2 compressed log files (.bz2) support
- IPv6 support
- Support for log files larger than 2GB (LFS)
- Increased size of most internal counters to handle larger sites
- Unconditionally-generated summary report (index.html)
- Ability to control links in the top referrers table
- Support for counting pages matching the criteria as just files
- Prefix-based page identification
I must say that I was quite surprised to see another release of The Webalizer, which, incidentally, cost me a few downloads this month. However, I'm glad the original Webalizer was revived - this means there will be more Webalizer users and some, eventually, will be looking for an alternative implementation. Go, Webalizer, Go!