Customize Piwik PRO Dashboard in 7 easy steps

Published: December 3, 2015 Updated: October 30, 2018 Author Category Product Best Practices

Do you know what is the one thing our customers love about Piwik PRO?

They love us for providing customizable web analytics with customizable look and feel, customizable reports and (I know you’ve already guessed this one), customizable dashboard.

In this blog post we will focus on the dashboard part. What makes it so flexible? How to add and remove widgets from it? How to adjust it for your business needs? Spoiler alert: it is as easy as a pie.

You know how important it is to adjust your web analytics so you can draw the right conclusions for your business. By default Piwik PRO’s dashboard comes with a variety of reports, which may seem overwhelming at first. Luckily, you can easily customize the way your data is displayed.

If you’d like to have a bit fun with Piwik PRO dashboard by yourself, check our demo. It gives you an overview of Piwik PRO functionality.

Adding particular widgets to your dashboard can give you a convenient overview of the data you want without having to click through all the panels. Take advantage of it to enhance your business and to make valuable advancements that will improve your website and attract more traffic.

Read on to learn how to deploy your own set of reports and widgets and adjust the dashboard to your liking.

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7 steps to customize dashboard in Piwik PRO for enhanced experience

  1. Change Your Dashboard Layout

    By default, widgets are laid out in three equal columns. You can change it just with a few clicks. Over the report area, next to the Date Range block, you will see a Dashboard button. Click it to bring up a menu. Under Manage Dashboard, there is Change Dashboard Layout. You can choose from many different configurations and save your selections.

    piwik layouts

  2. Set a Date Range

    We have already mentioned the Date Range button. You can use it to select another range to view reports. Piwik PRO supports any day, week, month, year, or custom date range. It is handy if you need a quick view of your traffic within three years, for example.

  3. customize date range

  4. Add Widgets to the Dashboard

    There is a wide range of reports and widgets you can add to your dashboard. Start with selecting the Dashboard button; you will see the Add a Widget subsection. By hovering over the widget’s name you can see a preview before making your selection. Click on it to add the widget to the dashboard. If the widget link isn’t clickable, it means that it has already been added.

  5. Move and Remove Widgets

    Every new widget by default appears at the top-left corner of the dashboard, but it doesn’t have to stay there. Click and hold on the dark-grey title bar to drag and drop the widget anywhere on the dashboard. Removing a widget is as simple as clicking on the cross in the top-right corner of the box. Validate your choice and the widget will be removed from the dashboard.

  6. Creating and Customizing a New Dashboard

    There are some widgets we wish to see monthly or weekly, while other ones must be checked on a daily basis. For this purpose, it is recommended to create Custom Dashboards. For example, one could track user behaviour (top pages, engagement, time on site), while another focuses on the sources of traffic (campaigns, websites, keywords). Select the Dashboard button, where you will find the Manage Dashboard menu. Select the Create New Dashboard option, name it in a meaningful way and start customizing right away.
    piwik create dashboard

  7. Removing a dashboard is easy as well. After selecting the Dashboard button, find Remove Dashboard under the Manage Dashboard sub-heading. Click and it is done!

  8. Data Visualization

    You can freely change the way your data is displayed in a widget on your dashboard. At the bottom of most widgets, you can find icons representing the way your data will be presented. Do you prefer a simple table or maybe a pie chart? It’s up to you.

    In a given report you can also plot several metrics at once. For example, the Visits Over Time graph can also present Unique Visitors and Visits With Conversion to provide you with deeper insights.

    piwik graph

  9. Comparison Dashboard

    Even more advanced forms of data display come with the Comparison Dashboard feature. You can add it to your dashboard like any other widget to view up to three different segments of data all in one place. It enables you to see how particular segments perform against each other. This feature can highlight important information which otherwise may go unseen. For more information check out Comparison Dashboard User Guide

  10. Below you can see the example of comparison dashboard for A/B test run in Optimizely. But of course you can create one to set side-by-side any other segments, depending on the device, actions, campaign, or any other factor.

    AB test tracker and comparison dashboard

    Thanks to these seven steps you will be able to freely customize your dashboard and track diverse metrics without clicking through all the Piwik PRO’s panels. Remember to update it according to your current needs.

    The new has come – let us introduce you to Piwik PRO Custom Reports

    We’re extremely happy to announce that our Analytics Suite has got bigger and now includes also a Custom Reports module. What’s new? We’ve dug into the guts of our analytics platform to improve our custom reporting in four main areas:

    • Speed – Minimal pre-computing is required to create a report or filter results of an existing one.
    • Ease of use – Drag and drop metrics and dimensions to specify a report and filter the input data. Create a wide variety of reports without database know-how or technical expertise.
    • Flexibility – Select from a handful of tabular and graphical report formats, then add variables such as metrics, dimensions and custom events. Initially we’ll offer bar and line graphs plus flat and nested tables, with more options to be added in future versions.
    • Scalability – You won’t see a performance hit, even for very large datasets.
    If you want to learn more about the practical applications of our Custom Reports, here you go:

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Karolina Gawron, Content Marketer

Content manager at Piwik PRO

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