Use dashboards to organize data


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There are days when it feels like you’re drowning in web data and jumping from one report to the next in the hope of stumbling upon what you need. It’s no fun at all. But don’t worry, there’s a way to always have the necessary data to hand by placing it on dashboards.

You can create dedicated dashboards for individual teams, such as marketing, product or HR. You can also create them for different parts of your website, like your blog, help center or careers page. But you can also organize your data in other ways.

In this article, we’ll show you how to create and use dashboards.

Create a dashboard

To build a dashboard, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics.
  2. Navigate to Dashboards.
  3. On the left, click Add a dashboard.
  4. Name the dashboard.
  5. In Visibility, choose Author or All users. All users lets you share this dashboard with your teammates.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  6. (Optional) Check All sites & apps to make this dashboard visible across all sites and apps.
  7. Click Save.
  8. On the right, click Add a widget and choose one of the following types: Line chart, Bar chart, Pie chart, Flat table, Counter, Text or Map.
    Add a widget in Piwik PRO

    Note: Text and map widgets are available from version 16.4.0 onwards.

  9. Name the widget.
  10. On the right, select the data you want to see on the dashboard. Depending on the type of widget, you can either select metrics or a combination of metrics and dimensions.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  11. Drag and drop the data into the designing space. 
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO

    Note: For a flat table widget, you can set default sorting options. This makes the data appear in the report in a specific order based on the selected dimension or metric.

  12. (Optional) Apply filters to dimensions or metrics. For example, if we only want to see data from our blog, we can apply the following filter: Page URL contains blog.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  13. Click Refresh preview to get a sneak peek of the report. The preview shows sample data.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  14. When you’re happy with the widget, click Save.
  15. Create and add other widgets.
  16. When done, drag and drop widgets into the desired positions on your dashboard.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  17. (Optional) You can star your dashboard to make it appear at the top of the list.
    Dashboards in Piwik PRO
  18. Task completed! Your dashboard is ready.

    Tip: Send your teammates a link to your dashboard by simply clicking on Share in the upper right corner. But note that you need to make the shared dashboard visible to “All users” – not just you – and these users need to have access to your site/app.

Edit, copy, save as PDF or delete a dashboard

You can make changes to your dashboard, copy it to another site/app, export it as a PDF or delete it at any time.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics.
  2. Navigate to Dashboards.
  3. Select the dashboard you want to work with.
  4. On the right, click the three-dot icon. 
    Edit a dashboard in Piwik PRO
  5. Click on one of the following options: EditCopyDelete, Save as a PDF or Create a PDF scheduled report.
  6. Follow the steps on the screen.
  7. All done!

Edit, copy, delete a widget or export widget data

You can edit your widget, copy it to another site/app, delete it or export data from the widget at any time.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Menu > Analytics.
  2. Navigate to Dashboards.
  3. Select the dashboard you want to work with.
  4. Select a widget.
  5. On the right, click the three-dot icon.
    Widgets in Piwik PRO
  6. Click Edit, Copy, Remove or Export data.
  7. Follow the steps on the screen. 
  8. All set!

Dashboard examples

Dashboards are a great tool because they let you display data essential to your business in a way that suits you. So, instead of creating spreadsheets, you can create dashboards that show you exactly what you need.

To spark some ideas, here’s an example of a dashboard for displaying goals on a sample Clear Bank website. Use it as inspiration for your own dashboard.

Dashboards in Piwik PRO

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