Will Scully-Power

The New Google Analytics: Dashboards
March 24, 2011, 2:59 am
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Google recently announced their new dashboards.
Custom Dashboards

For most Google Analytics users, the dashboard is the first thing you see when viewing your reports. Dashboards in the new version of Google Analytics have been redesigned to be completely widget-based and highly customizable.
There are four types of widgets: Metric, Pie Chart, Timeline, and Table. This gives you the ability to choose the visualization that best suits the data you want in your dashboard.
The Dashboard uses a three-column layout, and you can customize the layout by dragging and dropping the widgets as you’d like.
  • Metric: Shows the value of a metric and a sparkline of that metric over the selected time period
  • Pie Chart: Best suited for displaying breakdowns of a metric by a certain dimension. E.g., Visits by Browser Type.
  • Timeline: A graph of any metric over time. You can also compare two metrics in the same graph.
  • Table: Think of this as a mini-custom report. You can show one dimension with two metrics and up to 10 rows of data in a table.
Multiple Dashboards

A common request we heard from you all is that one dashboard isn’t enough. You told us that wanted the ability to customize multiple dashboards for different analyses.
Thanks to the new Google Analytics platform, we’re happy to give you the power to create multiple custom dashboards, up to 20 per profile. You might start with an overall “Company KPIs” Dashboard that includes the most important performance indicators for your company, then create an “SEO” Dashboard for your search engine optimization efforts, and a “Content” Dashboard that centers around the content of your website.

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Thks for this article. Would you by any chance know if in the new version you can have the starting dashboard with all accounts you handle. In there you had ie number of site visitors and % visitors up/down compared to last 30 days. In new analytics this overview is sadly missing, but perhaps it is possible to get it back?

Comment by handsonadvies

Try the Google Analytics Blog.


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