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How do I configure AWStats to show the country of site visitors?

  • Applies to: All DV

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Time needed: 20 minutes

  • Tools needed: SSH, root access, vi knowledge

 
  • Applies to: All DV
    • Difficulty: Medium
    • Time Needed: 20
    • Tools Required: SSH, root access, vi knowledge

Overview

By default, AWStats does not show the source country for visitors viewing a domain.

Requirements

Before you start, this article has the following dependencies:

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Instructions

To enable this feature, the GeoIP plugin will need to be configured. Information about this plugin from /etc/awstats/awstats.conf:

# Plugin: GeoIP
# Perl modules required: Geo::IP or Geo::IP::PurePerl (from Maxmind)
# Country chart is built from an Internet IP-Country database.
# This plugin is useless for intranet only log files.
# Note: You must choose between using this plugin (need Perl Geo::IP module
# from Maxmind, database more up to date) or the GeoIPfree plugin (need
# Perl Geo::IPfree module, database less up to date).
# This plugin reduces AWStats speed of 8% ! 


Usually, geoip.pm plugin comes with AWStats package. However, the Perl modules necessary for the plugin to work (Geo::IP or Geo::IP::PurePerl) must be installed. You can get all the necessary installation instructions and downloadable plugin files (for example, "Geo::IP::PurePerl Module" library) from here:

The plugin needs to be enabled in the main AWStats configuration files:

/etc/awstats/awstats.conf
/etc/awstats/awstats.model.conf

You will need to edit the files that were already configured by Plesk for every domain which can be found in /usr/local/psa/etc/awstats/*. The line that should be added into all these files looks like:

LoadPlugin="geoip GEOIP_STANDARD /pathto/GeoIP.dat"

Latest GeoIP.dat can be found at http://www.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoIP.dat.gz.

NOTE:

It may take a couple of days for your stats to start accumulating the countries information.

 

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