All metrics and their definitions
404 Error Pages
Automatically track the 404 error pages on your site. This feature isn't enabled by default so you need to follow these steps to enable it for sites where you want to track 404 error pages.
The percentage of visitors with a single page view. A visitor "bounces" away and leaves your site after only viewing a single page.
If you have issues with high bounce rates on your site, you can try to set up some custom events. All custom events are considered interactive so any clicks on those events will count towards the bounce rate.
Shows the browsers used by your visitors. We only show the brand of the browser and when you click on the brand you can see the version number too. Metrics are shown as a percentage of all visitors and the total number of unique visitors.
The percentage of visitors that take a desired action such as subscribing to a newsletter or signing up for an account. Calculated as follows: unique conversions for a goal / unique visitors, where both values depend on the filters applied to the dashboard.
The number of people currently on your site. This metric does not depend on the filters applied to the dashboard. It includes all visitors who have loaded a page in the last 5 minutes. You can click on the number to see what pages they are viewing.
Direct / None
Includes visitors who typed your URL into their browser or clicked a link in an email. It also includes other visitors who were missing a referrer header.
Shows the first page people view on your site.
Shows the last page people view on your site.
Shows how often people exit from a specific page. It's calculated as the number of exits divided by the number of total pageviews for that specific page.
Automatically track the number of file downloads. This feature isn't enabled by default so you need to follow these steps to enable it for sites where you want to track clicks on files.
You can use goals to track desired actions people take on your site. Goals can be based on people visiting a particular page or triggering a particular event such as subscribing to a newsletter or signing up for an account. You can even use custom properties to create your own metrics to collect and analyze data that Plausible doesn’t automatically track.
Shows the list of countries, regions and cities your visitors are based in.
When it is not possible to identify a specific metric such as a browser name, we will group those visits under the
(not set) entry in our reports. Chances are you won't see this entry in your reports as it stands for a very tiny percentage of all traffic.
Shows the operating systems used by your visitors. We show the brand of the operating system and when you click on the brand you can see the version numbers too. Metrics are shown as the total number of unique visitors and as a percentage of all visitors.
Outbound Link Clicks
Automatically track the number of clicks on the external links. This feature isn't enabled by default so you need to follow these steps to enable it for sites where you want to track clicks on external links.
You can click on any source to drill-down and view the individual pages linking to your site and the traffic they've sent over time.
Shows the width of the screens used by your visitors. We measure the width of the browser window where your site is actually rendered rather than the full screen width. Anything under 576px screen size is considered a mobile device, up to 992px is considered a tablet, up to 1440px is considered a laptop and anything above 1440px is considered a desktop. Metrics are shown as the total number of unique visitors and as a percentage of all visitors.
See all referral sources that are sending you traffic. A source is reported when a person clicks through to your site from another site.
Time on Page
The average time people spend on a particular page on your site. This is calculated as the difference between the point when a person lands on a particular page and when they move on to the next page.
You may notice differences in the time on page in Plausible and in Google Analytics. This is because we have a different definition. In Google Analytics, bounced visitors are included in the time on page calculation but are set to 10 seconds. In Plausible, we exclude bounced visitors from the time on page calculation. Neither of these approaches is 100% accurate. Plausible would show higher than the actual time on page, and Google Analytics would show lower than the actual time on page. In both cases, it's not possible to measure the time on page of people that bounce from your site.
We're working on a new approach with the beacon API, which would allow us to include actual time on page even from people that bounce, making Plausible have more accurate time on page than what's possible now in Google Analytics and in Plausible.
If the same goal is completed multiple times by the same visitor, all the completed conversions will be counted within the total conversions.
The total number of times your pages were loaded by your visitors.
To minimize the amount of traffic that falls within the "Direct / None" category, you can add special query parameters (UTMs) to your links. UTMs help you better understand where your traffic is coming from. Plausible Analytics supports
utm_term. Read more about tagging your links.
When a visitor converts for a particular goal they’ll be counted as a unique conversion.
Views per visit (or Pages / Session)
Views per visit (also known as Pages per session) shows the average number of pageviews per visit. Repeated views of a single page are included too.
The amount of time visitors spend on your site. It only shows people who visit more than one page. For those who visit one page only we default to 0 seconds. Average visit duration is the sum of all session lengths divided by the number of sessions, which includes the 0 second visits (bounces).
If you have issues with high bounce rates on your site, you can try to set up some custom events. All custom events are considered interactive so any clicks on those events will count towards the bounce rate and visit duration too.
Visits (or Sessions)
A session (also known as a visit) is a set of actions that a user takes on your site. A visit is started when a visitor first lands on your page and ends when no action is taken on your site for 30 minutes.
You can read more about how you can use these metrics to measure your website's or startup's progress and make better decisions.