You don’t need to install Piwik to see what it can do for you. Let’s take a quick tour around the demo site at demo.piwik.org
There are three things to notice here:
The rest of the page is the page content, in this case your Dashboard.
By default, Piwik will show data for ‘yesterday’. You can click on the calendar and select another date range to view reports. Piwik supports any day, week, month, year or custom date ranges.
Example of a custom date range:
You can change the default date that loads in the reports in in the User Settings.
Here is what a standard Piwik report looks like.
This is what all those icons mean:
It is safe to experiment with clicking on these icons. You can easily go back to the original appearance by clicking the relevant icon. If you hover your mouse over any of these icons a tooltip will appear to remind you of what they do.
You can add new widgets to your Dashboard, to ensure it reports on all of your most important metrics. Click on the “Add a Widget” link: it will expand and you will see a list of categories. Run your mouse over the list and it will display a list of the individual widgets available. There are more than 30 in total. In the example below, the mouse hovers over Visitors and the top item on the list is “Visitor countries (world map)”.
Click on the widget name to add it to the Dashboard. By default any new widget will appear in the top left of the Dashboard.Click and hold on the dark grey title bar to drag and drop the widget into a new position.
You might not be interested in some of the default widgets; it’s easy to remove them from your Dashboard. Hover your mouse over that widget (anywhere within the gray outline box) and you will see a cross appear in the top right corner of the box. Click the cross, validate, and the widget will be removed from the Dashboard.
You can also select a different Dashboard layout. You could, for example have a wider column on the left and 2 narrow columns on the right:
There are several column layouts that you can choose from the “Dashboard & Widgets” menu:
Often, there are widgets we wish to see monthly or weekly, but others we must check daily. For this purpose and others, we recommend to create Custom Dashboards. For example one could track in the default dashboard the sources of traffic (campaigns, websites, keywords) but have another dashboard with widdgets focusing more on the users behaviour (top pages, engagement, time on site) and Goals conversions.
You can create new dashboard, reset dashboard to the default widget layout, rename dashboards, remove dashboards:
In a given report, there are often several metrics that are relevant (visits, page views, bounce rate, conversions, revenue, timme on site, etc.). By default, graphs in Piwik will show the historical evolution of a given metric. You can also choose to plot on the graph a different metric to the default one:
You can also plot several metrics at once, for example here we compare Ecommerce orders and Total Ecommerce revenue:
When a report title is hovered, a Help icon appears which will display a short description of the current report and the “freshness” of the report.
Several reports in Piwik can be organised in groups: Page URLs are grouped by directory name, Custom Variable values are grouped by name, a click on a Search Engine Keyword will display the list of search engines used.
It is sometimes useful to “flatten” the table so as to compare all elements together. For example, the Page URLs report by default looks like:
At the bottom of the table you will find the Configure icon. When hovered, it will look like this:
If you click on “Make it flat” the report will be flattened: all sub pages, for example all pages inside the directory /photos/ will be expanded and grouped into the Flat Page URLs report:
Piwik provides a very useful feature which we call “Row Evolution”. You can hover the mouse on any row, click on the little graph icon, and it will open a detailed view of the historical values for this specific row:
You can also compare several rows together, for example to compare Browser market share over the last 30 months:
Or compare the Mobile devices used:
Check out the following videos for a good overview of Piwik’s features: