I’d like to suggest a feature that is currently missing not only in Piwik but also in Google Analytics, but would make the life of every website owner a lot easier: reports and widgets beyond the given time frame.
The entire Piwik (and Google Analytics) system relies on the time frame that has been selected by the user. While this is very consistent and necessary for most functions, the downside of this is that some data is deeply hidden. I am talking about very important metrics like yearly, monthly, weekly and daily visitors and pageviews. Currently you cannot view how the website did this week, last week, and the weeks before on one single dashboard page. The same applies to days, months and years. You can of course get to these metrics, but you will have to change the time frame every time.
That is why we need reports and especially widgets beyond the time frame. There should be a couple of widgets that simply don’t care about what time frame you have chosen. This could be the reports and metrics I talked about above, but also something like “total visitors, pageviews, etc. (of all time)” or usage metrics like “how long does a user stay on a single page?”, “how many pages does the average user visit?”, etc.
The German company “etracker” offers these metrics within their analytics software, and that’s pretty much the only thing that attracts me to it currently. In my opinion the above mentioned metrics offer the most important data to most website owners. It would be too bad if this data were hidden behind a time frame.
(Of course it would make sense to also add report pages that display for example the visits and pageviews of all years, all months, all days, and so on.)
Please refer to the attached image for a more visual explanation.