I have several sites up and running perfectly. What I wanted to know is, does anybody know the exact way to implement the webpage “Counter” in order for it to start counting correctly? I tried everything in the counter instructions but was unclear about the linking phase.
Here is how it is presented:
“All Dreamhost site hosting plans give you access to our free counter script, which allows you to place a counter on your pages (even those on non-CGI enabled plans!). All you need to do is create a link to the counter script, specifying a location to a data file which stores your count.”- How do you create this link? When I did this in my program Dreamweaver, it simply links to display the file created and cannot do so. For instance, I created a file called goof.dat. Then linked to that file in Dreamweaver. And then when you run your mouse over the displayed counter it wants to display the file. A wrong move…

“The counter script automatically creates a new data file if you link to it, with the count starting at 0. If you’d like a number other than 0, please contact tech support.”- This does not work with my configuration.

“Copy the following image tag HTML into your page for a quick and easy counter. Remember to change the data file from ‘username-countername.dat’ to your own name. Optionally, you can specify the counter style (as shown below) as well. Just add the indicated paramaters to the URL below.”- I did this, but what “username” do I use? I used my dreamhost username like this johnny77-goof.dat as is displayed below.

< img src=‘’>

All I get is a counter with a “1” displayed at the location where I placed it on the page when displayed in one browser,. when I used a second browser to view the page I got the same number as though it is not counting visitors. What is going on here?

Crossposting just pisses people off – this is the 3rd category you’ve posted this in.

It’s possible the counters are counting different IPs. I think this may be so we can avoid artifically inflating our own page view counts. You might try using an entirely different machine, or someone else’s machine at a different location, to see what happens.