I made this page for testing and reading the counters that are
displayed on the pages of this website.
If you are wondering, here's how I do it:
- The PHP code that runs the counters recognizes my IP address,
and does not trip the counters when I visit my website. In
this way I am free to browse the website and read the
counters. And I can override this feature by using a special
variable on the URL line.
- Alternately, I can use lftp to remove a special file from the
host site. Since this pauses the counters for everyone, I
avoid using this method.
- Browsing to this page allows me to confirm that the counters
are properly ignoring (or responding to) my visits. And this
page is helpful when testing changes to the counter software.
- Additionally this page is good for observing the caching
behavior of the browser. You can do this too. Just
browse to this page (or any page of my site) and compare the effect
(on the counter) of the "Reload current page" button to the hard
refresh button. In Firefox the hard refresh is done by
holding control and pressing F5. The "Reload current page"
button often looks like a circle with an arrow.