Plausible Analytics Changelog
This is the changelog for Plausible Analytics Cloud. If you are self-hosting Plausible, please head over to our Github for newest changes.
Get traffic spike notifications via email or Slack
You can now get an email (or a Slack alert) when there’s an unusually high number of current visitors on your site 🚀
Thanks to the Changelog team for suggesting this and helping us build it 🙌
Here’s how to enable it for your site and how to set up Slack alerts too.
We've joined the dark side
We now have a dark theme! 🌃
We follow your system theme by default but logged in users can manually choose either system, dark or light theme in the account settings.
Thanks @nurodev for the initial theme design and @Vigasaurus for making it come alive!
Sticky header is here for easier filtering
You told us you loved the sticky header concept so it is now live! 😍 It makes it easier to:
- See the chosen time period and switch dates
- See the chosen filters and clear filters
- Get a filter drop-down menu when using many filters
- “This Month” is now “Month to Date” with a comparison to the previous period
Thanks to @Vigasaurus for helping us build this!
Exclude specific pages from being tracked
By default, Plausible tracks every page you install the snippet on. You can now manually exclude specific pages from being tracked. Here’s how.
Navigate the dashboard using keyboard shortcuts
You can now navigate and analyze your Plausible dashboard even faster by using keyboard shortcuts. Here are the shortcuts that we do support.
Shared links are now more convenient for your clients
Our private and secure shared links have a new format which makes them easier to bookmark and access again for your clients. If password protected, the password is saved so the client doesn’t need to type it on each visit. Any existing shared link will automatically redirect to the new one.
Create goals for dynamic URLs without using custom events
Pageview goals are now more powerful. You can use rules to group different pages or create goals for dynamic URLs. Track all the blog posts by using
/blog**or track Woocommerce checkout pages for your ecommerce by using
/checkout/order-received/*. Full details in the docs.
Get insights into the user journey with entry and exit pages
You can now find Entry Pages and Exit Pages in the “Top Pages” report. Click on the “details” button to get extra insights including visit duration for visits started on a specific entry page and exit rate percentage for individual pages.
You can now embed your dashboard on another website using an iFrame
Want to showcase your stats to your visitors? Or want to integrate Plausible into your custom built client area? You can now do so by embedding the dashboard. See instructions here.
Stats API is now out of beta
Plausible Stats API is now out of beta! It offers a way to retrieve your stats programmatically. It is a read-only interface to present historical and real-time stats. Take any metric that you want, present it wherever you want in whatever shape you want. More details in the API docs.
Time on page is now live!
Time on page for your individual pages is now live in the Top Pages report! Have fun exploring!
A proxy to bypass adblockers
If you’re concerned about adblockers, we’ve now made it easy to serve our script through a proxy and get more accurate stats. See the instructions here.
Invite team members, assign roles and transfer ownership of a site
You can now invite team members to view the stats and manage the sites you have added to your account. Learn more about users and roles.
You can now also transfer the ownership of a site to a different Plausible account. See how the site ownership transfer works.
You can now track visits on localhost
You can now use the plausible.local.js extension if you want to count visitors on localhost. This is also useful in Cordova, Capacitor and other hybrid apps. Learn more here.
Filtering is now more powerful
There’s now the “Add filter” button in the top right of your dashboard that makes filtering even more powerful.
It adds extra functionality so now you can search for any metric (easy way to find that specific page), exclude certain segments of traffic (see all traffic outside the US for instance) and group your pages too (analyse your blog posts separately from the rest of the site).
Click on the “Add filter” button to explore or read more here.
Events API is now available
In addition to the stats API and the sites API, we now also have the events API. You can use it to record pageviews and custom events. This is useful when tracking mobile apps or for server side tracking. Learn more here.
Conversion rate for all the different metrics at a glance
When filtering by a specific goal, in addition to the overall conversion rate (CR), you can now see CR for other metrics too. This makes it easier to discover the best converting campaigns, referral sources, landing pages, articles, countries and devices at a glance.
You can now export all of your stats in a CSV format
Click on the download icon on the top right of your Plausible dashboard. It will export a ZIP file which includes CSV files of the individual reports. You can then import your stats into Excel or other data analysis tools.
You can even export a filtered view. Filter your dashboard by any metric to get an export of that particular view. Segment the dashboard by any goal such as external link clicks, 404 error pages or custom events to download those metrics.
You can now download your invoices in your account settings
We automatically send email receipts after a successful payment, but you can now also find your invoices in your Plausible account settings. In the top right menu, click on your account name and choose “Settings”. To download your invoices, find the “Invoices” section.
UTM Term and UTM Content are now supported
In addition to the UTM Source, Medium and Campaign, you can now also count clicks and conversions from UTM Term and UTM Content. Find them all in your Top Sources report.
Not familiar with UTM tags? Learn how to use them to uncover direct/none traffic.
Regions and cities are now live
Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, we’ve collected $19,356 in 2021 and we’ll donate 100% of it to a handful of open source and environmental projects over the next few weeks 💚
Oh, by the way, regions and cities are now live in your Plausible dashboard!
Plausible is powered by European-owned cloud infrastructure
You may have heard about the ruling by the Austrian DPA that the use of Google Analytics and other US-owned cloud services violates the GDPR as they’re “subject to surveillance by U.S. intelligence services and can be ordered to disclose data of European citizens to them”.
Plausible is incorporated, built and hosted in the EU. All site and visitor data we collect on your behalf is exclusively processed with servers and cloud infrastructure owned and operated by European companies. You can learn more here.
You can now track file downloads
In addition to the 404 error pages and external link click tracking, Plausible can now automatically track when a visitor clicks a link leading to a file. All the most common file extensions are tracked by default, but you can also specify a custom list of file types to track. Here’s how to enable file download tracking.
Google Analytics import is ready
Universal Analytics, the current version of Google Analytics, will be sunset and will stop counting stats on July 1st 2023. There’s no way to import your historical Universal Analytics stats into the new Google Analytics 4, so we’ve put a lot of effort into making a Google Analytics stats import tool ourselves.
You can now import your historical Google Analytics (Universal Analytics) stats into your Plausible dashboard. The stats are imported from your first Google Analytics visitor until your first Plausible Analytics visitor. Learn more here.
Choose a different metric on the top graph
You can now choose a different metric to display on the top graph. You can display one metric at a time, you can also choose not to display the graph at all, and we save your last selection for your next session.
Support for international domain names and 24-hour time format
We’ve improved the way we handle international sites:
- Umlauts and other special characters (including numbers, dots and slashes) are supported so you can add international domain names to Plausible
- We automatically display the time format (24-hour or 12-hour am/pm) for the top graph timeline based on your browser’s defined language
- We’ve improved how we deal with international time zones and daylight saving time changes
P.S. We’ve reached $1M ARR and are counting stats on 66,000+ sites with 2 billion pageviews per month between them. We’re now a team of 8 solely funded by our 8,000+ subscribers. Thank you for your support! ❤️
You can now set a different interval on the top graph
You can now set a different interval on the top graph to get a deeper level of detail and make it easier to spot trends. We will save your last selection for your next session too.
Custom events are now simpler to set up
We’ve made our custom events simpler for sites that use CSS classes. You can now add a CSS class name to any element on your site to start tracking conversions. Details here.
Does your site use the ID attribute instead? It’s now simpler to set up custom events with ID attributes too. See an example in our Webflow instructions here.
P.S. “Direct / None” traffic is now shown in the main view of Top Sources as well. Happy holidays!
"Visits" and "Views per visit" are now available
You can now find two brand new metrics in your dashboard: “Total visits” (Sessions) and “Views per visit” (Pages/Session).
We’ve made several less prominent enhancements too. A more accurate cities report, a more accurate screen size report, a more mobile-friendly top graph and improvements to the speed, consistency and stability of our service. For a comprehensive overview of all the changes we make daily, check out our GitHub.
P.S. Thanks to the support of our 9,500+ subscribers, we collected $58,000 in our donation fund last year. Thank you for helping us make a bit of a difference! ❤️
Filter by multiple countries, pages, sources and more
You can now filter your stats by multiple countries, pages, sources and more, all at once.
This is useful to group specific geographical regions, separate organic search traffic from other sources and segment your audience to your needs.
Click on the “Filter” button in your dashboard to start exploring.
Change your domain name in site settings
Domain name changes just got easier! 🎉
Visit your site settings and update your domain name directly. No need to reach out to us for help anymore.
The instructions are here.
P.S. We’ve got a new WordPress developer on board so we just released a new version of our plugin. It now tracks file downloads, custom events can be setup using CSS class names, you can exclude pages and user roles from being tracked and more. Details here.
Compare your stats over time
You can now compare your stats over time. Compare to the previous period, year over year or a custom period. Match by day of the week to avoid any discrepancies caused by the weekend.
You can filter your dashboard any way you wish to analyze a segment of your audience over time. You can also change the chart interval for a more granular comparison view. And if you’ve imported your historical Google Analytics stats, you can compare against those too.
Select “Compare” in the date picker or press the “X” key on your keyboard to start comparing.
Learn more about the comparisons here and have fun exploring!