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VPS v2: FreeBSD Ports: Count 2.5 Hit Counter

bullet Introduction

Count 2.5 is a CGI program to keep record of the raw hits of a Web page. It generates a GIF image of the number of hits and returns to the browser as an in-line image. The program also has a run-time option not to show the digit images, this way the hits can be kept without displaying it. The hits can be be monitored without incrementing from a separate page as well. Almost all of the features are run-time options.


bullet Installation

Count 2.5 is part of the Ports Collection.


bullet Configuration

Configure the Count CGI by editing the ~/usr/local/etc/Counter/conf/count.cfg file. Add your Virtual Private Server IP address and domain name to the list of authorized IP addresses and domain names at the bottom of the file. Also, add any and all other domain names such as Virtual Subhosts hosted on your Virtual Private Server that will be using the Count CGI to the authorized list. Feel free to remove the other bogus IP addresses and domain names.

The pertinent part of the count.cfg file is shown below.

; All possible names and IP addresses by which your host can be referred.
; These hosts can access the counter remotely or locally. Host running
; the http server must exist here. Wild card can be used. one item per line.


bullet Usage

The Count 2.5 CGI has already been compiled for your use. All that you need to do is create a test page with the appropriate HTML source and try it out. Examples of HTML source that can be used are given below:

<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?dd=B|frgb=69;139;116&df=home.dat" 
<img src="/cgi-bin/Count.cgi?frgb=69;139;116&display=clock" 


bullet Documentation

Local documentation will be installed on your Virtual Private Server when you install the Count CGI. This documenation can be accessed in the following directory:


Or through your web browser at:



bullet More Information

This documentation is also available at the Count CGI Web site:

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