The Urchin System Overview

Important: The Urchin System was officially deprecated in 2012. We are taking steps toward retiring this service. Please contact the Analytics Support team if you need assistance with obtaining web usage data on pages hosted on the legacy (e.g. - non-CMS) NYU web server.

Urchin tracks the general traffic through your site, what content is most heavily read, and other useful statistics for analyzing the way people use your website.

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How to Access Urchin

Eligibility and Accounts

Urchin is available to those content providers who manage pages on the legacy (e.g. - non-CMS) NYU web server.

To obtain access, please contact the Analytics Support team.

Logging in and Acccessing Analytics

You can only view stats from a computer connected via NYU-NET. Connecting via the NYU-NET proxy does not work at this time.

  • Step 1: Login using your NYU NetID and password.
    • In order to login and have access to a report, you must be affiliated with a Web site in the Webmasters Registry and be enabled to retrieve statistics. If you are the primary webmaster for your site, you can enable this for yourself; otherwise you must get in touch with either your site's primary webmaster or request access from the NYU Web team.
    • If you are affiliated with a Web site in the Webmasters Registry but are not enabled for stats, you will be able to login but will not see any reports.
    • Note: It takes about an hour for Urchin to be notified of a new, "stats enabled" webmaster.
  • Step 2: Click the link to the appropriate profile for your content. It will take you to the Reports for your site.
    • CMS users should select the "" profile.
    • Non-CMS users should select the " - non-CMS" profile.
    • If your content spans both environments, you are encouraged to evaluate both profiles and decide which stats best satisfy your needs.
  • Step 3: From the left-hand menu, select IT Reports > Pages and Files > File Drilldown.
    • This report lists each directory and page that was accessed during the currently selected Date Range. By clicking on any folder icon, you can drill-down to subdirectories and eventually the actual Pages themselves.
  • Step 4: The top 10 most viewed directories on the NYU Web site will be initially displayed. Use Urchin's navigational tools or the search filter to find your site's top-level directory.
    • If you manage a directory inside one of the main school sites, click on the link for the school site first, then find your directory. If your directory is within the classes, pages, projects, or pubs directories, click on the link for that directory first, then find your site.
  • Please note that Urchin only keeps stats for one year.