Tracking of Pageviews and Unique Users at Category and Tag Level

I am curious if you have advice on tracking community health metrics at the category and/or tag level.
For example, I’d love to have a clearer sense of the daily number of pageviews and user visits (both known and anonymous users, and ideally by specific group-members) on topic-threads under each category and tag.

In /admin/dashboard/reports, new topics and new post have reports that can be filtered to the category level, user profile_views can be filtered by group, and there are sitewide metrics on page views and other useful info.

I suspect some of this can be set-up somehow in Google Analytics, but that’s not obvious to me since it’s not obvious how to associate topic urls with tags and categories in google analytics. I also suspect this may be done via the /admin/plugins/explorer, but I haven’t had any success.

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.


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Do you have any advice here @hawk? It seems like a reasonable question and maybe new dashboard / reports covers this a bit?

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It does seem like a reasonable request, yes. At the moment the reports on the dashboard aren’t segment-able but if we can work out a way to do that I think it would be an excellent addition to v2. We’ve also talked about exposing approved Data Explorer queries on the dashboard.

cc @joffreyjaffeux – do you have plans to revisit the dashboard any time soon?


Yes, it will be step by step but might come to something close to this. I don‘t want it to become too complex though and it will never be a “combine any segment you want”, there’s sql (and data-explorer) for this. But will probably try to provide this on a per report basis where we think it makes sense.


This query is specifically about pageviews per category, which I don’t think can be handled with Data Explorer can they?

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Yes, I would also be interested in a report about the unique users on my site.

Yes this specific report is using ApplicationRequest table, which doesn’t have any notion of category. So not possible through reports, data-explorer or raw sql.

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Can we pull a report on the number of anonymous users instead of the number of pages viewed anonymously?

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Do you mean the number of people that have used the anonymous posting feature? They all get unique anonymous usernames so it will be very easy to pull a report from Data Explorer

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I’m trying to find out how many people are visiting the site who have not logged in at all and do not have an account.