PAGEANT - "Education is the future"
Pageant Website Statistics
Month-by-month data since March 2004
The website structure has remained unchanged since 2004, but its size has increased steadily over the years. The following graphs show how three important measures of website usage have varied on a monthly basis. Short term variations result in a 'spiky' appearance, but moving the mouse over the graphs shows the trends more clearly by showing graphs with running averages over 12 months.
This is the number of html pages and other documents viewed each month. It is the best measure of website activity, even though 'hits' is more frequently quotes because it gives a bigger number!
This is the total number of bytes downloaded each month. It is a good measure of resources needed to run the website. The scale on the left of the graph below is in megabytes.
There are two other statistics, which are not particularly useful, so we don't show graphs for them:
Unique visitors - This is a count of the number of different people accessing the site, as determined by their IP addresses. These are sometimes assigned temporarily each time someone logs on to their server, so a new IP address doesn't always mean a new user.
Number of visits - A single visit covers a series of pages which are looked at without leaving the Pageant website.
The graph below shows 12 month totals for 'pages viewed', 'hits' and 'bandwidth' from 2004 up to 2018, with 2018 estimated from the totals so far this year. Website usage reached a peak in 2008, with a steady fall until 2013. Usage then increased to a new peak in 2015, before falling once again. A recovery started during 2017 and was maintained through 2018. We have a theory that this pattern could mirror UK economic conditions. During recessions, fewer people have spare cash for charities, and therefore are less interested in charity websites.
[All the data used was collected with Awstats]
Mobile phones and responsive pages
In 2015 it was becoming obvious that smartphones and other mobile devices would soon be the main way of accessing the internet - overtaking laptops and desktops. At that time, the Pageant website had serious usability issues when viewed on smartphones. Google also began to penalise mobile unfriendly websites with lower rankings.
It was decided to begin a programme to make the most important pages mobile friendly. We have a large website, with many old pages retained as an archive of Pageant's activities. Our scheme was to convert pages to a responsive format, so that on large screen devices they appear similar to the old pages, but at the same time being accessible on mobile phones without needing any horizontal scrolling. The main pages have now been converted, and all new pages will be in responsive format. There is now a background task of converting less frequently accessed pages. At the moment out of pages are in responsive format. Looking at pages viewed of these views were of responsive pages, though they were not necessarily viewed on small screen devices.
So our website is now mobile friendly for a very large proportion of pages viewed. However, the proportion of users who are accessing it from smartphones and other small screen devices is low compared with the internet in general. The table below shows our best estimate of the proportion of 'hits' from mobiles over the last few years.
|Pageant site access from mobile phones|