Add-on How to count hits?


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There are several counters in xf and addons.
The easiest one i have seen in an addon for resources. There is a table with one col collecting the resource_ids.
Then a count for ids fills another field in another table while we delete the cols in that count_table.

Now my question: What would be the best way, when i want to count unique hits for 60 minutes?

user-id, ip, cookies?

And how i should count?

Insert something, count it, delete it? Maybe with a unique index on id and ip?

Or update a counter?