Site StatisticsChris Ryan  <email@example.com>
I have an almost complete set of log files for the Chroma site from January 1, 2000 to present (there are a few days missing here and there for various reasons); in 1999 I only had counters on the site. To put together the following statistics, I used Sawmill for analysis of log files from 2000 to 2006, and Google Analytics, which I added to the site in mid-2006, for 2007 and beyond.
This page doesn't get a lot of visits—only 18 unique views in 2010—so I have been slow to update it in recent years. I'm working on it, slowly.
As of January 10, 2010.
|Word count (HTML only)||1,137,197|
|Number of files comprising the site||2,327|
|Total file size (megabytes)||391|
*This number includes four hidden pages, three of which are accessible to those who have donated to the site. It also includes the ChromaTalk List Tools page, which shares the site design but is hosted on informationaddiction.com where the mailing list lives.
The number of visitors to the site increased by almost a factor of five from 2000 to 2006, and since then has, apparently, declined. One possible explanation for the sudden difference in numbers is that I switched from log file analysis to Google Analytics; the latter may treat the numbers differently. However, Google Analytics is so much less work that, though I continue to save the log files, the amount of work to do analysis on them is prohibitive.
*I have to go back and check page views for 2006.
The following chart shows the number of monthly site visitors from 2000.01.01 to 2008.12.31.
The stagnation and decline in visits during 2004 may be due to the lack of updates; I was devoting my time to developing the new site. Visits did not increase from 2004 to 2005, almost certainly because of the move from redrooffs.com/chroma to rhodeschroma.com in January 2005. It took some time for the new site's search results ranking to increase, and some months for people to change links to the new domain (there are still links I am trying to have changed, and in a Google search for "rhodes chroma" the old site is still on the first results page, as of early 2009).
From Anchorage to Auckland, Santiago to Qikiqtarjuaq, Tromsø to Lagos, the Chroma site has seen visitors from north and south, east and west, far and wide. The following table shows information on the percentage of visitors to the site coming from countries representing at least 1% of visitors in at least one of the years, from mid-2006, when I started using Google Analytics, through the end of 2010.
1The site is created and hosted in Canada; however, no hits come from me as I work and browse from a local copy.
Safari and Firefox came out of nowhere to reduce dramatically Internet Explorer's once-commanding share. At least on this site, IE has not been used by a majority of visitors since some time in 2006, and by 2008 it was ahead of Firefox by only the smallest of margins. (It's important to note, though, that Firefox has not added as much to the Mozilla browser family's share as may initially appear: Netscape has plummeted from 31% to 0.3% in these nine years; and Mozilla itself has been stagnant, and is now discontinued.)
Most of these browsers are cross-platform (except Chrome, coming for Mac OS X and Linux in 2009; Camino, Mac OS X only; and Konqueror, for Linux). I have split out the numbers for Internet Explorer, since it has been the most popular browser and its (long-discontinued) Mac version actually used a completely different rendering engine (unlike Firefox, which is the same engine cross platform). I have also detailed the OS split for Firefox, as it is the only other cross-platform browser with significant current market share; and Safari, as its WebKit engine is becoming a force, not only emerging on mobile devices (iPhone and iPod touch) but also in Chrome.
|Mac OS X||0.1||1.7||3.1||5.6||9.8|
|Mac OS X||2.1||6.1||10.7||11.4||13.5||13.3|
1Internet Explorer for Mac (discontinued as of 2003) runs on "classic" Mac OS as well as Mac OS X. These numbers are, through 2006, estimates based on adding numbers for non-Windows version numbers (i.e., 5.1 through 5.23) for 2003-2006; and counting "unknown" OS hits for IE as Mac previous to 2003.
2There were 41 hits from Konqueror in 2000, and 146 hits in 2002, neither of which amounted to 0.1% of the total.
The browser data above provides a bit of a picture of operating systems used by site visitors. However, Sawmill seemed to identify many Mac OS visitors as "unknown" (for instance, those using Internet Explorer 5.2 which only existed on the Mac), whereas Google Analytics appears to be more accurate. Unfortunately, I only have Google Analytics data from mid-2006 to present. Hopefully I will be able to work out the flaw in Sawmill and present accurate historical data, but here is the picture for 2006 through 2011 (partial year, through September) for platforms with at least 1% of the total for at least one of the years.
2There were 7 iPhone visits in 2007, or about 0.02%.
Yahoo declines, MSN surges around 2002 then recedes, and AltaVista all but disappears, while Google solidifies and maintains its dominance. (These numbers include only search engines which accounted for at least 1% of search engine referrals in at least one year; "0.0" indicates that hits were received but did not amount to one tenth of one percent of the total.)
1Northern Light now "provides search and content integration technology and solutions for enterprises and individuals."
2Goto is now a US yellow pages search engine.
As of January 2009, this site was the number one result for a search on "rhodes chroma" for all of the above search engines—except Excite, for which it is fourth, after Google Chrome (apparently assuming a typo), Quality Optical Filters (weird), and EEFX Custom Chroma Key FX. Perhaps such wacky results demonstrates why Excite is not a particularly popular search engine!
This table shows the pages that have ranked in the top ten in terms of page views at least once since 2000.
|Rise & Fall of ARP||8||6||5||7||4||4||5||3||3|
|Registry: Model 21031||5||3||4||4|
|Schematics & Drawings||?||?||11||7|
|Synthesizer von Gestern||~100||14||9||14||11||9||14|
|Pressure Sensor & Interface||24||2||13||33||30||39||43|
|Keyboard Velocity Curves||~45||~60||6||57||~85||~90||83||67|
1Until 2005, a single registry page listed all entries across model numbers; now it is an introductory page and there are separate pages for each of the models (2101, 2102, 2103, 2104, and a new page for the Polaris, models 2121/2123).
2The Patches page was used as an introductory page in 2000 and resurrected in 2005; in the interim, the Downloads page pointed to the Patch Downloads page.
3Downloads were integrated throughout the site as of 2005.
4Links were integrated throughout the site as of 2005.
The success of the Polaris page — ranked #2 only after the home page since its inception — surprised me. I don't own a Polaris and don't know how many were produced in comparison to the original Chroma. I have to wonder if there is more interest in this instrument than I had assumed. In informal analysis, I noticed that "polaris schematics" seems to have been a popular search term, and it has occurred to me that some might have been looking for the pool, the snowmobile, or the ballistic missile of the same name. This is impossible to know; it is the shortcoming of Web analytics, which only answers the questions of what occurs, not why.
This table shows each site that has ranked in the top ten non-search referrers at least once since 2000. I have omitted sites that "deep link" to a graphic or sound file, along with the site where where ChromaTalk is hosted.
|Site; main referring pages||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008|
|wikipedia.org (a, b, c, etc.)||-||-||-||-||14||9||3||1||1|
|synthzone.com (a, b)||1||1||1||2||2||1||2||4||5|
|vintagesynth.com (a, b)||-||4||4||5||5||7||4||8||7|
|sonicstate.com (a, b)||4||3||6||9||7||22||19||14||20|
1redrooffs.com/chroma was the home of the Chroma site from 2000 to early 2005; there are still a number of links that point to the old URL, and since redrooffs is my personal site I will maintain a redirect indefinitely.
2In 2002 and 2004, there were only "deep link" hits from harmony-central.com (no page views).
3Syntronics (formerly on charter.net) was pointing to redrooffs.com/chroma until about mid-December 2006, when it was updated to link to the site's new url.
4Synrise was still linking to redrooffs.com/chroma until about mid-2007.
5The page (~clark/emusic/rhodes/chroma.html) has disappeared as of 2009.
6Site down as of 2009.
7sirius.com/~three/cryan/chroma was the original home of the Chroma site in 1999, redirected to redrooffs.com/chroma as of January 2000 and removed by 2001. (Sirius was an ISP in the California Bay Area; sirius.com is now owned by a satellite radio company.)
It is interesting to see how sites come and go. Wikipedia has quickly become the number one referring site. The auction sites have come out of nowhere; eBay is a good source of visitors, along with craigslist. A few have been remarkably consistent over the years. In particular, the Rhodes Super Site, Synth Zone, Vintage Synth Explorer, Don Tillman's site, and The Ultimate ARP Odyssey Information Resource Page have been great sources of visitors for the Chroma site.