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Google Analytics Dashboard – Real-Time Reports

Google Analytics Dashboard for WP v4.2 will have an additional dashboard, capable to display Real-Time Analytics for your website.

At this time, the Real-Time tab uses a beta feature of Google Analytics Real-Time Reporting API, which is available as a developer preview in limited beta, invitation only. Because an invitation from Google Developers is needed to have access to this API, if you use Google Analytics Dashboard for WP with your own API Project you won’t be able to display Real-Time stats, at this moment.

A short demo for this feature is available below:

The Real-Time Analytics dashboard

As you can see, the Real-Time dashboard is split in three main areas.

The first area (form top left) will display the total number of visitors, in real-time, browsing your website.

The second area gives info about the total traffic coming from referrals, searches, social networks and direct access. In this area a new vs returning report is also displayed. If you hover the Referrals, Organic or Social link, a tooltip will show up, containing a report with more details about selected traffic source.

The third area contains a list with top N pages and the corresponding number of visitors (real-time visitors) for each page. If you hover a page link, a tooltip will indicate the page title, traffic sources and a short report for each source type.

Settings for the Real-Time feature

You can setup the maximum number of pages to be displayed on the Real-Time tab, on your administration dashboard, by going to Google Analytics -> Backend Settings -> Real-Time Settings. There is no limit for the number of pages to be displayed, but you should keep this option to a reasonable value (to avoid a negative impact on dashboard’s look and its loading speeds).