Thx for reply… yeah, unfortunately i am not a developer… yet, i managed to do what i need, google was my friend
I think that most of my changes are only suitable for a small site… but let`s see
While waiting for the real-time pinging for accurate time on page feature I have in the meantime some sort of “active right-now” visual aid by having different colors for “active” browsing sessions and “old” ones. Created a conditional “if last action is newer than 300 seconds, then apply this css”, eg, a dark green background. Again, this is only suitable if you have like in my case 1 visit every 5-10 minutes or so, on a small site… otherwise all of them would be green. Also, I modified the clock css (it was too hard for me to read and distinguish it) and other small things which are rather a matter of personal taste, not suitable for core modification…
added visitID and also userID (in case it is set)… i believe these are important, and i also use them for distinguishing between actions via the real-time web-desktop notification php script i have.Without visistID it would be hard to distinguish between those notifications that pop-up in the corner, who is doing what.
I could never get used with counting visits and actions for “last 24 hours” so i added a function of “today” in plugin/live/controller.php… in any moment of the day i can see at a glance visitors and actions done since the midnight (like in google analytics), not in the last 24 hours… i have a bug tho, “midnight” means 1 am instead of 00 :)) If i remember correctly talked about this on the forums some 1 year ago and the “last 24 hours” counting was considered to be better… hence, i did it myself the way i like it
my site is consisting of only some 30-35 pages… so, i have created an unique representative png for each page and hard-coded the twig template “if action.url is that, then load this png”… it is way more useful for me than the standard incremental folder colors, because i can see visually which page has been viewed… again, I believe this only makes sense for sites with less than 50 pages or so, but on the other hand it only took me some 1 week to learn ALL the icons of each page, which i now recognize instantly… a small plugin to do this url-png pairs way more elegantly and easier for sure would be useful in the future…and least for part of piwik`s user-base.
That would be it… not that many, but each update requires me some 25 minutes to re-do all of that
Anyway, the biggest of my modifications: the real-time web-desktop notifications… not being a php developer it was a nightmare to make it work the way i wanted, and is still having its limits although i poured more than 5 months of research into “refining” it :)… but it`s an extremely useful feature for me, because i can continue do whatever i am doing (like watching Helix ), but remain in touch with important events on my site (eg, someone is reaching checkout page, or contact, whatever)… i di hope that someday a more powerful version will make it to the core.