Anyone have suggestions on this? It seems the entire industry is hell bent on using client side technologies for tracking web statistics. But besides the ease of setup, I see more disadvantages than I do advantages. "Back in the day"... I used webtrends and it handled everything we needed... but they got greedy and increased their price to $50,000+... so I stopped using them. Fast forward 10 years and I'm surprised that I still don't see any decent server side web analytics software... I just want to point a config file to my website's access log, throw a script into cron, and forget about it. There's always a chance my perspective is flawed... so I'd love for someone to "set me straight"... but here's how I see it: Disadvantages to Server Side Analytics compared to Client Side - Takes more knowledge to setup - Takes server resources (though they can be offloaded) - If you screw up your cached history somehow, it's a pain to fix. Advantages to Server Side Analytics Over Client Side - Real Time Analytics is possible - Processing can be offloaded to another server. - No waiting for 3rd party websites to register each http request - No more extra http requests hitting a third party .js file - Keeps nosy 3rd party sites out of my business - Decrease page load times - Gain total control over everything I've tried piwik, webalizer, awstats... and found them lacking. So which is it?... is there a good option out there that I'm missing?.... or are client side analytics programs simply the greatest invention ever?