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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.

Bounce Rate

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.

Browser

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.

Conversion Rate

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.

Current Visitors

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.

Entry Pages

Shows the first page people view on your site.

Exit Pages

Shows the last page people view on your site.

Exit Rate

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.

File Downloads

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.

Goals

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.

Locations

Shows the list of countries, regions and cities your visitors are based in.

Operating System

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.

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.

Referrer Drilldown

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.

Screen Size

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.

Source

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.

Total Conversions

If the same goal is completed multiple times by the same visitor, all the completed conversions will be counted within the total conversions.

Total Pageviews

The total number of times your pages were loaded by your visitors.

UTM parameters

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_source, utm_medium, utm_campaign, utm_content and utm_term. Read more about tagging your links.

Unique Conversions

When a visitor converts for a particular goal they’ll be counted as a unique conversion.

Unique Visitors

The number of people who visited your site. We are privacy-friendly so we don't use cookies and other persistent identifiers. If a person visits from multiple devices or on multiple days, they are counted as separate visitors. You can learn more about how we count unique visitors.

Visit Duration

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).

Session is a set of actions that a user takes on your site. A session is started when a visitor first lands on your page and ends when no action is taken on your site for 30 minutes.

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.

You can read more about how you can use these metrics to measure your website's or startup's progress and make better decisions.