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What are Counters?

11/7/2013 8:27:36 AM | by Anonymous

Counters

Counters can refer to devices that count objects or they can refer to counter tops that are present in kitchen and bars. This article will be covering a little bit of both. A counter, also known as a counter top, bench top or kitchen bench refers to flat surfaces that are present in bathrooms, kitchens, food preparation areas and also bars.


These counters are usually put at a height that will be good for all users depending on its purpose. For example, if it was a bar or if the counter top is to be used as a dining area, then the counter top will be placed at a higher level to accommodate the chairs. However, if the counter top is going to be used for food preparation or for any standing activities then it will be placed at a lower height. These counter tops are usually complemented with things such as cabinets and drawers. Sometimes, appliances are also in built into the counter tops to achieve a seamless design.


Such counter tops can be made out of a variety of materials such as stones, metals and many more. Considerations such as hygiene, functionality, appearance, durability and cost have to be made before choosing an appropriate material for the counter top. As once the countertop material is chosen, it will be mounted and attached to the floor, making it very difficult to replace. The reason why these counters are mounted is so that liquids and food will not land behind these cabinets. It also ensures that pests do not breed in those areas, especially in kitchens where hygiene is of utmost importance.


The next type of counter is used in computers and they are known as hit counters. To be more specific, hit counters are used in websites to track the number of people that visited the site. These hit counters are essentially a piece of code that the user puts on the website. Basic hit counters just show the number of people that visited the site. The more advanced hit counters are able to track what the user has been doing on the website or which links the user are clicking once they enter the website. Hit counters are used mainly for feedback purposes to show the website owners how much traffic there is and how people discover the site. The website owner can then use this information to make the appropriate changes to improve the website.


Hit counters are also able to track where the users come from and other important information through a user’s IP address. The IP address may also shows the type of internet service provider that the visitor is using. However, unlike the visitor count, this information is quite sensitive and the website owner should not be displaying such information on the website. The information should also be used for administrative purposes only.

 

Hit counters can come in many different formats. Most of the times, the hit counters are not visible to the visitors and the visitors do not know that they are being tracked by the track counter. Other people use these hit counters to show how popular their website is as this may matter to certain visitors. There are also hit counters that show a list of countries and where the users come from. However, most websites do not show the hit counters and such information.


Hit counters can easily be found on websites by just simply copying the code and pasting it on your own website. However, it is important to be specific while searching as the code for visible or invisible hit counters is different. Some hit counters may also have suspicious code and cookies so it is important to check the code first before embedding it on a website.

 

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