Over 260,000 visits to the Charlbury website in 2014
West Oxfordshire's tourism website, www.oxfordshirecotswolds.org, is celebrating having achieved 360,000 visits in 2014.
We thought we'd check out how many visits the Charlbury website has attracted in that same time, and are delighted to report that it's reached 263,000 - three-quarters the West Oxfordshire total, for just one small town.
The site typically attracts between 5,000 and 6,000 unique visitors every month - where a "unique visitor" is one person viewing the site on a single computer or phone, counted just once even if they return repeatedly within the month. July and August are the busiest months, largely because of festival visitors and other tourists, while the winter months are the quietest. (Visitor numbers are counted by a program called Piwik running on our own server, rather than handing the browsing data over to Google as many sites do.)
In 2015, we'll be unveiling a complete rewrite of the code that makes the site run, and greatly expanding the features available to authors of community pages.
The Charlbury website is run entirely on a voluntary basis, and receives no funding other than a kind donation from the Garden Society which helps to pay for the domain names. Most of all, it succeeds because of the messages - events, news, adverts and forum - that Charlbury people post on the site; thank you to everyone who continues to make it a success.