AWStats updated to version 7.4
We’ve updated the AWStats software we use to generate website statistics. The statistics beginning January 1, 2016 use the latest version 7.4.
This version has support for newer browsers, operating systems, and search engines, and is somewhat better at identifying and filtering out traffic from non-human visitors. This may mean your statistics show a slight reduction in human visitors (and a slight increase in non-human visitors, shown as “Not viewed traffic”) starting January 1, 2016, particularly on sites that aren’t very busy.
We should probably mention that if you’re relying on AWStats for information about the behavior of human visitors, you can usually get more accurate statistics using Google Analytics, which works in a different way than simply analyzing log data after the fact. We have a page explaining more about the difference between AWStats and Google Analytics.