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Chapter 10. Microsoft FrontPage Components > Using the Hit Counter Component

Using the Hit Counter Component

One popular element on the home page of many sites is a counter that indicates how many people have visited the page. When counters first started to appear on pages, they were simply text, but later Web content providers got fancy and sent images to the browser to represent the digits in the visitor count. This enabled counters to take on various looks—some looked like a car odometer and others looked like an LED readout. Either way, counters add a little pizzazz to a page and give the page's owner a sense of how popular the page is with Web surfers.

It used to be that you had to code a CGI script to retrieve the previous count, add one to it, and then display the result. Further coding was needed if you were going to parse the visitor count and send each digit as an image. But now, FrontPage relieves you of all that by providing a Hit Counter Component that you drop into place on a page.


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