Get started with dashboards (classic)
By default, Piwik PRO takes you to the dashboard screen when you log in. In other words, the first thing you see upon entering the tool is a customized (by you) overview of all the most important data. Here is where you have everything you want at your fingertips!
Setting up a new dashboard
To set up a new dashboard or customize your current one, follow these steps:
- Go to Menu > Analytics.
- You are in the default Dashboard.
- In the drop-down Dashboard menu, click Create new dashboard or pick an action from Manage dashboards.
- Give a name to your dashboard, pick an empty dashboard, and click OK.
- From the drop-down Dashboard menu pick Change dashboard layout, and select a layout.
- From the drop-down Dashboard menu pick a new report (a widget).
- Pick more reports, and drag and drop them in a layout to organize it as you wish.
Tip: When creating a new dashboard it’s useful to choose a very specific name to identify it, based on the set of information it is displaying. This way you will be able to quickly find and select it for comparison later.
All widgets, available from the drop-down dashboard menu, are the reports that you’ve seen in visitor, action, referrer reports. Once you set up goals and funnels, the reports for them will also be available for any dashboard.
Tip: Resist the urge to “dump” data onto your dashboard. There may be the temptation to keep an eye on as many metrics as possible, but try asking yourself “What exact actions do I want to take after viewing this dashboard?” Then select the widgets that will provide the data you need to ake them.
Things to do on a dashboard
With your dashboard set up, it’s time to start using it! Obviously the main strength of your dashboard is the ability to quickly cover the main data sets that are important to you. Each widget gives you a bite-sized look at a particular metric or group of metrics. But you can also take a closer look at your data by going deeper into each widget and what it shows.
For instance you can enlarge the visitor log report using the maximize button in the top right corner to see results more clearly. From that window you can click on view visitor profile to see each individual visitor and their actions displayed in even more detail.
Another example is the visits over time widget. By default, this report shows – just as the name suggests – visits over a given period of time. However, clicking the small graph icon under the widget title will bring up a popup menu where you can choose to plot more metrics on the same graph.
Likewise, there may also be times when you want to explore historical data for an individual item within a report.
If you are looking at the pages widget window you may wish to see what has been happening with that page over time. To do this, all you have to do is hover over the line item and then click the graph icon which appears. This will show you the row evolution of that particular page title – and allow you to plot a range of metrics for the given time frame.
Dashboards and segments
Dashboards are great for giving you a clear view of the data you need. But they become even more powerful when combined with Piwik PRO segments.
Your list of segments resides in the drop-down menu immediately to the left of the dashboard menu. By default, Piwik PRO displays the data in all the widgets on your dashboard for all visits. When you choose to apply a different segment, the data will be automatically filtered across all widgets. In some cases, this may result in a widget being empty. But never fear – your analytics are still working correctly!