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Perl counter script for your Website
Introduction and Purpose
  • This script comes as two short scripts: - the counter code and - the Control Panel for creating new counters and changing counter values.
  • This script is mainly intended for applications where a global count of all pages needs to be displayed on each page as well as an individual count for each page across an entire Website or multiple Websites.
  • It was particularly written for this site where HTML pages are spread over many physical servers and domain names.
  • The code in the counter part is tiny, making it suitable for sites that get a lot of hits. It worked without a problem at over 1,000,000 hits an hour in a concurrent test run on this site during peak usage. (No we don't get a million hits an hour - it was a simulated test :)
You can install this script in minutes into your cgi-bin directory of your server. It is called from within the HTML of your Web Pages by a single line of code with two parameters:

<SCRIPT language="JavaScript" SRC=""></SCRIPT>

  • NUMBER - the number you want the counter to start at for this page (or default to if something happens to the counter file) . If you change this number down after the script has run for the first time, it will not change the count - use the control panel for this. You can however increase the number upwards by changing this parameter.
  • FILENAME - the name of the file in the cgi-bin folder that will be used to store the value for this counter. The file cannot be created by the script but only from within the Control Panel script which is part of the downlaod.
  • Change the first line to suit your servers path to perl. Default is #!/usr/bin/perl
  • Upload this script IN ASCII!! to a NEW directory in your servers CGI Directory.
  • CHMOD the file and to 755.
  • Call (the counter code) from within your HTML document as follows:
  • <SCRIPT language="JavaScript" SRC=""></SCRIPT>
  • NUMBER is an integer representing the number the counter will start from for this page.
  • FILENAME is the name of the file in the CGI directory for this counter.
    The Script will not automatically create the counter file. To do this, you need to call (the Control Panel) directly from your Browser and follow the instructions.
    To change the counter value you can do it two ways:
    • To make it less you must call directly from your Browser
    • To make the number more, simply change the value in the HTML or do it in

    (typically use the name of the html file for the file name e.g. index, newpage, page1 etc) You can install multiple copies of this counter on a page each calling a different counter. For example, if your site has three pages called index.htm, page2.htm and page3.htm you could do the following:
    on index.htm put ..../ as well as ..../
    on page2.htm put ..../ as well as ..../
    on page3.htm put ..../ as well as ..../
    You now have two counters on each page showing:
    a. The total counts for your website and
    b. The count for each page.

The counter at the bottom of this page uses

Using the Control Panel
Type the URL of the control panel script into your Browser directly.
  • The first time you call the Control Panel, enter your Admin password twice. This password will be required each time you create new counters. (if you forget it, you can fix it - see README.TXT).
  • Type in the name you would like for this counter e.g. MyPage (note names are case sensitive) and the starting value e.g. 100 and then Click Submit.
  • Repeat for all pages you want counters for.
  • At any time, you can come back to the Control Panel and change the values of any counters.

A future version of this counter will allow for other customization such as how long since the page was last viewed etc. (October 2002: The code for that is now included in the download)

Click for Screen Shot

Tip: To format the way the counter displays put the <SCRIPT>....</SCRIPT> into a Table and set the properties (of the Table) for color, font etc. e.g.


If you use this script, please let us know by dropping by the Message Board sometime. Thanks.



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