As a pretty new user of Piwik I am kinda confused by the way in which data is presented in the live widgets. That is, in the past 10 years in ALL previous analitycs i have used, with or without a live component, the numbers for today were ever increasing. That is, for example, at a glance:
At 14:34 I had 150 visitors and 424 pageviews.
At 15:56 I had 174 vistors and 567 pageviews.
At 21:44 I had 380 visitors and 712 pageviews.
And so forth, you get the point, the numbers only kept growing. This way I was having a clear picture of my site
s traffic because i had a clear reference in the past. On the other hand piwik, in widgets, both simplelastvisitcount and live lastvisits dont work this way, with a reset to 0 at midnight. Leaving computer now with 159 visitors (during last 24 hours), returning 40 minutes later and I have 110 visitors. This is not a helpful information, at least not for me. You would expect todays visitors to stay the same or grow, not to decrease.
I did however find a widget that is doing this the correct way, that is visitors summary, which counts visits and pageviews starting with midnight. But sadly only works by manual refreshing. I removed everything except for visits and pageviews to load instantly, and manual refresh it, as a temporary solution. I tried so hard in past week or so to make “today” meaning “starting from midnight until now” in a live widget. I am not php literate, but i tried like a monkey not knowing very well what he was doing to get the function working… No success kid here, unfortunately . I am thinking that if Piwik can count easily in real-time with auto-refreshing from 4 pm today until 4 pm yesterday without the need to access the archives like the visitors summary does, it should be able to count from 4 pm today until only 0:00 am today, right? It is less of a time span, not more.
Any ideas? Or is it there a simple function that i can replace in the live plugin php or templates to make this happen? I can`t believe I am the only one wanting live stats starting with “today”, not a continuum today-yesterday. I dont think it is something that has to do with getting used to it. It is just not natural to me. Any help or indication would be appreciated.