Using IRCStats requires some knowledge about the system used so I wouldn't recommend
the program for complete newbies. IRCStats is available only as source package but
it's easy to compile (and instructions are included). Once compiled IRCStats can do a
html file representing stats according to a logfile that it was given. Everything is done
on a commandline so no GUI access is needed.
Because IRCStats is only able to parse logfiles, some kind of bot or irc client
is needed to record the action of a channel to a log. Currently IRCStats only
support the logfile format used in mIRC so a converter is in most cases needed
to make the logfile look right. The links page has links
to such programs. The generated html file can then be transfered to a httpd server
with other programs that are almost always already installed in the system. The whole
process can be made automatic using for example crontab.
It's true that IRCStats isn't as easy to use as for example mIRCStats is because there's
no GUI to help chosing settings and managing files. However various other commandline tools
make it easy to automate tasks that can't be done in a GUI environment.