Page Overlay shows analytics data directly on your website.
By doing this, it takes you closer the experience of your visitors and helps you understand traffic patterns.
Page Overlay can be launched from the rows of the actions report. Just move you mouse over the page you want to see the Overlay for and click the bubble icon. It will open Page Overlay in a new tab.
Page Overlay displays the actual website and puts bubbles next to the links on the page that show how many visitors clicked the link.
Next to your website, there’s a sidebar with additional data and actions.
You can click links inside the website and Page Overlay will update the sidebar and also show analytics data for each page you visit (as long as it has the Piwik tracker on it). And it doesn’t only show data for internal links, it even works for downloads and outlinks.
When you hover a link, the target URL is shown in the lower right. Also, you can see the absolute number of clicks and how many links point the the exact same location.
It is important to understand that Page Overlay doesn’t really record the click on the link. Instead, it uses the data Piwik gathers anyway to determine which pages were viewed directly after visiting the current page. If there are multiple links to this page, it cannot tell which link was used how many times. This is why Page Overlay shows you how many links point to this location and it also highlights the bubbles next to the other links when you move your mouse over one of them.
Piwik Page Overlay lets you see how links perform by looking at your actual website. With this visualization, you can derive additional insight like which areas of the website perform better or worse than others.
Together with the Transitions report, it helps you understand the paths visitors take in your website. Clicking through your website and seeing the paths takes you much closer to your visitors and gives you new ideas for improving your content and navigation.
Since redirects are not tracked in Piwik, links that point to URLs that will redirect to a different URL can’t be annotated in Page Overlay. The most common case when this happens is when a navigation includes a category that shows a submenu after clicking it and redirects to the first subcategory.
Piwik Page Overlay can handle URLs with http or https and with or without www. If you have different domains, it will record the pages as different actions and Page Overlay will only show you the following pages for one domain. To avoid this, you can use the Java Script tracker method setCustomUrl() to track pageviews for only one domain by replacing alias domains with the main domains in Java Script.
If you see “loading following pages…” in the lower right for a long time, that means that your Piwik server can’t find the following pages quickly. To find these pages, Overlay uses the Transitions in the background. Therefore, speeding up Transitions is identical to speeding up Page Overlay.
To solve your problem, please take a look at the FAQ about speeding up Transitions.
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