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How can I add a hit counter to my web page? I have it on other sites but I can't seem to find it as an option.
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You do want to be careful with things like these. Some of them come complete with malware code.

We removed the counter because they are really a relic of the past. They do not provide the meaningful statistics that a real tracking system does, and they don't look all that good. Google actually might ding your ranking for having one as well.
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Web-Site statistics tells me everything I need to know and then some!
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Retrospectivly they also show how few visitors your site has had and with that, preconceptions about the information on the pages. 
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If a lot of users want a Hit Counter - why can't Homestead give us one ? Some of us still want 'a relic of the past ' . Surely Homestead have to put customers first - not private opinions.
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I am sorry, but it is only a very few users that want it, which is why we direct them to Google an HTML option. It was removed because not only does it not give valuable information, it can hurt your search results. Every element we add to Sitebuilder puts more overhead in the program and can affect performance, so we will only add elements that are beneficial to the web site design process.
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HI Brian, I undestand where your coming from but as mieleman has listed there are dozens of HTML hit counters of all shapes, sizes, clours, styles to suit every site and taste. It would be imposible for Homestead to even scratch the surface if they had a hundred to choose from. They were quite often used back in 1999 ( I still have one on an RAF Squadron website I built back then) and its a bit of a warm feeling to see now it has had more than 38,500 visitors . But that was when I first started but they lost a lot of their appeal over the years. Search engines dont like them so will rate your site lower, and, although its a specialist intertest site, 38k visitors is not a great deal over 15 years. I don't know, it could be just one visitor who has come back 38k times :)... you get my point. The figures mean nothing, provide no information that would help me improve my site. If your running a business via your website you need accurate statistical info to keep you ahead of the game.Google analyitics is apparently treamendous source of info ( If ever I get to understand it) bing webmaster tools is another great source of recording your web traffic, How long they stay, what pages do well, which pages dont do so well ( there the ones you want to look at and improve) All this info is readily available.... Visitor counters are kind like the old Nokia phones with a green screen and no internet access or camera, emails etc quaint, functionable and a nice memory to the begining of cell phones.... but would you want to go back to one. If you want a visitor counter, you have one, its your site and your the Webmaster... But check all the leading name websites.. how many of them have counters?... whatever you decide to do I wish you good luck
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Thank you Brian and Drew for getting back for my request for a Hit Counter. As Drew himself has written 'free' HTML from the internet is not free and can contain ads, malware and viruses.I have been with Homestead for 16 years, have 14 separate historical ( not commercial) websites and combined would have well over 1,000,000 hits on my sites, near 800,000 on my main site.  So that's over 1,000,000 times I have advertised (free) on the footer for Homestead. I will not use unknown HTML as I have kept my system clean for the last 16 years. As far as Google goes if you type 'vintagespeedway' you will find my site is #1 and has has been for many many years.The hit counters on every page have not resulted in Google problems. I fully understand Homestead have no desire to help me in this matter and it disappoints me as a loyal customer of 16 years..Brian
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I am sorry, and it isn't that we don't want to help, it's just that it is not possible for us to add things for so few people, that do not server a useful purpose.

It is possible to find counters that do not contain malicious code, but it may require more research and a bit of code knowledge. Again, I am sorry that we will be unable to accommodate you in this request.


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