What is a dashboard?
A dashboard is a special type of Google Analytics report that aggregates a collection of statistics on a single page. It is a way to view data that would otherwise be found in separate reports all at once on a single report. You can create dashboards around a single kind of statistic like visitors, or around a variety of statistics that may be useful to you.
The dashboard you create is visible only in the specific login in which it was created. That means it can only be seen when using your login information. To share your dashboard results via email or export as a .PDF document, click the Email or Export menu options in the grey toolbar above your results (Figure 1).
You can create up to 20 dashboards and each dashboard can consist of up to 12 report elements called widgets. A widget can contain statistics in the form of a pie chart, a timeline, a data table, or a single data point.
When viewing a dashboard, the period of the displayed data covers the last 30 days, but you can easily adjust the time frame to view data for any period, and to make comparisons to prior periods.
There are two methods of adding data to a dashboard:
- Add data using the “Add a Widget” wizard, under the Home > Dashboards menu.
- Add data using the “Add to Dashboard” option, after first obtaining the data you want by pulling it up in a Standard or Custom report.
Both methods create the same results, however, the second method creates clickable widgets allowing you to drill down to the underlying report.
How to add a report to your dashboard
You can add all reports to your dashboard. In the following example we will add a Video by View report to a dashboard.
- After you have run a report and the results are on the screen, click Add to Dashboard at the top of the report (Figure 1).
- Click the Select Dashboard dropdown menu and click the dashboard to which you want to add this widget. Click New Dashboard to create an entirely new dashboard (Figure 2).
- Click the checkbox next to the widget you want to add (Figure 3.1).
Graph displays a graphical line chart. Table displays the data as text in a table.
- Click Add to Dashboard (Figure 3.2).
- Your new widget appears on your dashboard (Figure 4.1).
- Rearrange widgets on your dashboard simply by clicking the title bar and dragging it to where you want it (Figure 4.2).
- Click Standard Reporting to return to the main Analytics page for this account (Figure 5.1).
- Click the title bar of any widget to go to that specific report page (Figure 5.2).