Last updated on May 10, 2011 at 8:37AM
On Tuesday, May 10, 2011, during the Maintenance Window, Information Technology services (ITS) will shut down the Personal Web Counter.
This type of Web counter is used to track how many "hits" a web page receives. There are 2 versions of the Web Counter: textual and graphical. The text version was used for individual student, faculty, and staff sites on the Personal server. The image version was also accessible by other Penn State sites.
This utility is being shut down because the server will be upgraded to support "load balancing" this summer, which means better performance and reliability. The counter would need some expensive remodeling and further maintenance to continue working properly with load balancing. Rather than support a limited use application, effort will be better spent on more useful tools, such as Web log analysis tools. Web log analysis can tell site owners much more information than a simple counter program can.
If you still want to use a counter on your web pages, there are free replacement 3rd party web counters available.
Once the counter is shut down, it will be replaced with a blank counter that will interfere the least on sites where the owner may not have the luxury of updating their site right away.
For more information, please contact ITS Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org).