Steel White Table has been using a free website tracking tool since 2004 – eXTReMe Tracking. It’s a quick way for me (and visitors, although I doubt they view it much) to see how people reach this site and what pages are viewed.
A couple years ago, Extreme Tracking “upgraded” their free service, providing better tracking of search engines, etc. I didn’t bother to upgrade, mainly because your past statistics weren’t migrated to the “upgraded” service.
Today I noticed this glaring message on Extreme’s Summary page for SWT:
They’re now forcing me to upgrade; fuck you, Extreme Tracking. It doesn’t make sense to NOT migrate your current statistic to the new version: it’s just data! Yet they don’t. They need better developers or DBAs.
In any case, since I have to start anew anyway, I switched to another free website tracking server: StatCounter.com. It has prettier graphs.
I do use Google Analytics, but they don’t provide public access to their statistics.