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Why did we develop this new version?
Since Google Analytics launched in November 2005, the demand for website analytics has increased significantly...You've asked that we focus our engineering efforts around maintaining the sophistication and features that experienced users want, while also making it easy for both experts and non-experts to quickly and easily find the answers you want...The new version of Google Analytics is easy enough for a layperson to understand, but also offers the sophistication experienced users need.
Over the next several weeks, we will be migrating all existing Analytics accounts to the new Google Analytics interface. You will be notified by email once your account has been migrated. For an entire month you will be able to access both the original interface and the new interface. During the migration, you should experience no interruption in service and you'll be able to see all of your data regardless of which interface you use. For a sneak peek at the new Google Analytics, take a look at the following resources."
Where's the calander hiding?
Had some trouble finding it as well. Top Right as mentionned, where the dates appear, you have a triangle pn the right of the date. Click it. Or click the whole date 'box'. Got some xbrowser issues on Ffox 1.5 though the calendars stay visible even when the focus is gone.
I keep getting errors when I click on a link, then a refresh loads fine
I will miss the browser OS combo that had version info
it would be nice to see screen resolution with browser
following visitor paths is a little different...
some data seems to be missing. maybe its just me. I don't see how an interface could change the DB
pros and cons, probably more pros... if they would just tone down the font a bit. 1280x1024 but I feel like i'm at 640x480
I mean, how is this even possible? All my visitors spending 0 second on my site? (FYI, there were 7 visitors within the 2 days.)
Google doesn't know when a visitor leaves a page, only when a page was requested. If that visitor requested another page on your site, Google would calculate the time between the first request and the second, and would show that as the time spent on the first page. If there is no second page visited while on your site, Google has no way of knowing when that first page was replaced by something else in the visitor's browser window.
I would say that perhaps the most useful thing an analytics package can do is identify which pages are sending you traffic. If anyone from Google is reading... Ideal drill down:
- referring domain
- referring URL up to? (to filter out session IDs and such if relevant)
- referring URL and query string - so I can find out which forum post or blog post actually mentions my site.
Other than that, I played around a bit last night with GA and generally found the interface made many common tasks quicker, but there are still a few I haven't found yet. Overall, yup it feels like kndergarten and, to be honest once again, there's nothing wrong with simplicity as long as you can still get to all the info.
Yeah it's better for printouts.
But you know, I think this was made - at least in part - to lower that enormous CPU usage the old GUI put on their system. I could hear the machines ticking in the background to catch their breath.
Fonts are too big.
Peaks won't show unless you roll the pointer over.
Feels as if it was cutting off something at the right edge of the screen.
Hard to analyze stats for the visuals and the data is displayed apart.
Missing a lot of graphs, cross references are harder, and the navigation is much less ergonomic if you consider the buttons you click and the order you click them.
The PDF printing is awesome.
... not that I need it, but it's great.
Overall, I don't like it any better, and am using the previous interface. No, I'm not a conservative person, if this would be better I'd be using it already. It's just that the info I need is 2 clicks away with the old look. In this new view that's 5 clicks. And doesn't show everything I need.
For there's no hourly graphs.
Which is... quite interesting.
That was one of the reasons I used it, and now it's gone?
This looks like the BEST choice for people who don't care about their websites. This is for managers. CPU saver new GUI that LOOKS more professional and lets people print reports. It's annoyingly less ergonomic, much less specific and misses some key aspects even my old modlogan stats would show.
I wish they let us use THIS for priting and the OTHER to track stats on-screen. But it'll last only a month if I remember clearly. After that the old interface will be gone... right?
Default views are by total pageviews, instead of unique pageviews. Doesn't show all the numbers at once on a graph.
May look flashy, but I much prefer the old version. Quicker and easier to get hard data.