Chapter 09

How to See All Your Websites in a Single View

By Anna Tomalik

When you collect information about several websites using Piwik PRO, for example, the main website, member site, and site version for developers, you usually track them under different Piwik PRO websites with unique tracking codes and separate reporting views. This is a good approach considering that each of these websites has its own goal and people behave differently when interacting with them. But what if you want to combine data from multiple websites to see how your business is performing overall? No worries, you don’t have to run an export to Google Sheets and do the math. All you need to do is set up meta site reporting. It’s easy as a pie! In this chapter we’ll show you how.

All websites dashboard

In our Clear Bank example, we’ve got two websites: clearbank.com with the bank’s offer, blog, and help center, and app.clearbank.com with the banking app.

We’ve set these sites under separate Piwik PRO websites. To view statistics for each site, we switch between them using the website picker. When we want to see both of the websites together, we open the all websites dashboard.

To view the all websites dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics.
  2. From the drop-down website menu, choose All websites.
  3. View the dashboard.

The all websites dashboard gives us a sneak peak into what is happening on all of the sites — number of visits, pageviews, revenue, and evolution — but this isn’t not enough. We want to gain more information about these sites, so we need to set up the meta site reporting.

Setting up meta site reporting

To create meta site reporting, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics settings.
  2. Navigate to Meta sites and click Add new meta site.
  3. Name the Meta site and click Add.
  4. If you want to combine all websites, click Connect all, confirm your choice, and you’re done. If you want to combine a few selected websites, click Connect a website and follow the next steps.
  5. Type in the website ID or name.
  6. Click Add.
  7. Repeat Step 5 and 6 for other websites.
  8. When done, check if you have all the websites that you want connected.

Viewing meta site reporting

Now that you have your meta site reporting set up, Piwik PRO will start gathering data from all connected websites and present it as a single site. You can still view individual websites like you used to, nothing changes for them after setting up meta site reporting.

To view meta site reporting, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics.
  2. From the drop-down website menu choose a meta site you’ve created. You will see every meta site marked with the prefix [Meta] or [Meta site] in the website menu.
  3. View reports.

Using meta site reporting you can access and export all reports as you would for a regular website. In an event report you will see combined data about events. And in goals you will see connected data about goals. In live reports, like a visitor log report (Analytics > Visitors > Visitor Log) and visitors in a real-time dashboard (Analytics > Dashboard) you will see how your visitors float between your websites — enter one domain, move around and pass to another domain.

To wrap up, with meta site reporting you will understand better how your business performs as a whole. But read the data carefully, because the metrics you are used to, when combined, may indicate different visitor behavior. For example, the average time on page for the Clear Bank website is 5 minutes and for the Clear Bank’s app is 2 minutes. The difference is because people who enter Clear Bank’s full website need more time to surf through the bank’s offer, blog, and help center than people who log in to the app to quickly make a transfer or check their current account. Therefore, when you see these numbers combined together in meta site reporting, don’t jump to oversimplified conclusions about user behavior.