The new user homepage




We've had all sorts of requests to improve the user homepage to give a better summary of all your sites with one glance. The screenshot above shows you what we have come up with, which you can see for yourself on your user homepage.

This is basically the Super Mega Uber Dashboard. The Dashboard of all dashboards. But hopefully not as controversial as when we launched the new site dashboard :) Our goal was to make the most amazing, user-friendly, as-much-data-as-possible-but-still-clean-and-efficient interface that could possibly be made to overview the traffic on all of your web sites on one page. There is nothing else like this on the market. Well, not yet anyways. Give Woopra and Piwik a couple of weeks - they'll soon have their own imitation of it.

Here's a quick run down of everything:

  • By default, for each site you will see today's visitor and action tally, and a graph on the right of the visitor count for the last 30 days.

  • You can customize the type of data shown for "today". Options include visitors, actions, bounce rate, and goals (which includes revenue, if applicable).

  • Clicking on any of the links under "today" will refresh the graph with that data type. By default it shows visitors but if you click actions, for example, it will refresh with the daily action tally.

  • You can change the date range for this "tally" data with the same options on the normal dashboard - 30, 60, 90, or 180 days, and weekly (26 weeks) or monthly (12 months).

  • You can sort your list of sites by alphanumeric (default), or any of the data types you have enabled for "today" - e.g. most visitors, most actions, etc. Your sort preference is remembered until you change it at a later time.

  • You can also view "popular" data types for each site. By default the options are searches, links, and pages, but you can customize it to have any and all data types available in the drop down menu.

  • You can customize how many results are displayed for popular data. Default is 10, but available options range from 5 to 50.

  • There are "global" menus (in blue) at the very top. If you change the data type to "searches" for example, all of your sites will refresh to show your top searches. Very usefeul and amazing.

  • There is a global date menu shown in this screenshot, but there is a bug with a few of the major web browsers that we haven't been able to fix yet (Surprisingly enough, MSIE is the only browser that actually works 100% correct for this menu. Is it just me or are pigs flying?). Until that is fixed, the global date menu is disabled for all types. But we know you'll find it uber awesome once we get it working right. Being able to, for example, refresh all of your sites with just a few clicks to show the monthly visitor tally, or the top searches from the last 30 days, is insanely amazing.

  • Option to hide the forums from your user homepage, if you find them distracting.

  • Customizaton, sorting, dates, and global menus are only available for premium members. Since free members are limited to 1 site and 30 days of history anyways, this really isn't much of a limitation.


Thoughts? We're really happy with it from our own internal use, but we fear our page view limit is going to drop, with so much data available on one page. We know, the page view is dead and all, but still, it's a number that's hard to let go of.


Update

By popular demand, you can now disable the line graphs. This has the unfortunate side effect of disabling the popular data options as well, since they shared the same space previously. When disabled, you will see "yesterday" and "last 7 days" instead, as shown below. This brings it back to being quite similar to the old userhome, except it looks a lot cleaner, and you still get the sorting options and the ability to choose a few additional types other than just "visitors" and "actions".

37 comments |   Dec 15 2008 8:11pm

Keep tabs on your twitter followers from Clicky

We've partnered with TwitterCounter.com to integrate their data into Clicky, via their just released API. This service monitors the number of followers you have on a daily basis. Your Twitter account isn't necessarily tied directly to your web site, but we have so many bloggers and other people who use both Clicky and twitter (us included) that it made sense to integrate this.

All we need is your twitter username, which you can enter in on the site preferences page. Then your follower count will be integrated into "the basics" dashboard module (you'll notice we also added your FeedBurner count here too):




We also created a simple dashboard module for twitter, if you want to always see the graph by default. (Hot tip: you can also click the red/green percentage next to any item on the dashboard to see its history, including twitter and feedburner):




Check out the Clicky demo to see this all in action!

Anyone have ideas for other third party services that it would make sense to integrate? The two we thought of recently:

- Google PageRank - unfortunately there is no official API to get this data and Google frowns upon any sort of hax0rz to obtain it. Also this number only changes a few times per year at the most for any given site.

- Technorati "authority" - this service used to be huge but I don't think anyone takes it seriously anymore.
18 comments |   Nov 24 2008 11:31pm

Max date range is now 1 year for all Pro members

By far one of our most requested features has been to increase the maximum date range limit of 31 days. We've been delaying this because of the performance penalty our servers take when accessing such a large range of data, but we can ignore your requests no longer. As of now the maximum date range has been increased to 1 year. However, because this does take a lot of extra processing, we can only offer it to our Pro members. And be patient. If you do an entire year, it can literally take several minutes to get the data!

We'll be monitoring how this affects the performance of traffic processing. If it's too big of a hit, we may have to decrease it to 180 days. I don't want to do that, 1 year is kind of a magic number, but we'll see what happens.

Also, the dashboard is still limited to 31 days. Pulling up an entire year's worth of data for potentially ALL data types might cause our servers to explode, so we can't offer you that. But on all individual pages other than the dashboard, and including the API, the max range for all Pro users is now 1 year. When you click the "Custom data range" link in the date drop down menu, it will tell you the max date range for that page. On the dashboard it will always say 31 days, but on all others pages it will say 366 (1 extra day for leap years).
5 comments |   Nov 08 2008 1:21pm

Clicky is now available in 12 languages

The translations are live! Clicky is now available in Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. You can set your "global" language from your user homepage by clicking the "edit" link in the top right corner. This preference will apply throughout the entire getclicky.com. You can also set this preference on a "per site" basis, from any site's preferences page, if for any reason you want one or more of your sites to be in a language other than your main selection.

Note that none of the languages are fully complete yet, although a few of them are really close. Any phrase that is not yet available in your selected language will simply be displayed in English instead. Also note that we haven't fully implemented the translations throughout the entire site yet. It is about 95% on all pages having to do with your stats, but I haven't gotten it into any of the /user/ pages yet. I'll be working on further integration throughout the week.

Now that you can actually use some other languages, you may be feeling more motivated to help us translate them. We'll soon be rewarding the top contributors with free Pro accounts.

We think this system is going to work really well. It auto-updates every night with any new phrases that have crossed the approval threshold, based on user voting. As new phrases are needed, or as we need to change the copy in certain areas, these will be immediately available on the main translations page and will make it into the live service automatically once they have received enough positive votes. This will help ensure all languages stay up to date.

We definitely expect there to be some inconsistencies within languages, and some things that are just plain wrong. Please contact us with anything you notice that needs fixing. One thing we need to add is the ability to assign "admins" to certain languages, so they can add, edit, or change phrases as needed, without users having to vote on them. This will make them more accurate and consistent. If you are interested in being a language admin, please contact Sean.
11 comments |   Nov 04 2008 4:08pm

Translations launching by the end of this week - this time, for reals

We launched our crowd sourced translation framework over 6 months ago. Since then, you've submitted over 6,000 translations, and what have we done with them? Nothing. I apologize. When you run a service like this, things just keep piling up, and it's hard to prioritize.

But this time is different. We are focused 100% on getting this functionality launched by the end of this week. Since April some of the copy on our pages has changed, and we've added quite a bit of new things too, like goals and campaigns. So there are about 150 new phrases to translate. And we'll probably be adding some more as the week goes on.

If you want to help out, the translations page is here. As we mentioned before, we'll be rewarding the top contributors with free Pro accounts, after the system has launched. Thanks for your patience!
6 comments |   Oct 28 2008 11:15am

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