A bar chart is helpful when representing data categories. It uses rectangular bars to signify numerical values of different groups.
Some bar chart use cases include:
You can use bar charts to show the changes in sales performance, traffic, conversion, chart addition, and more over time. Bar charts are best used when the changes between each category are obvious.
You can use bar charts to compare data across multiple categories.
How to Add a Bar Chart to your Dashboard
From within your dashboard, click on Manage Dashboard icon at the top-right.
Under Charts, click on the bar chart icon.
The bar chart creation window should pop up. (This is where you set the specifics you want to display on the bar chart). It’s also where you edit the bar chart if you want to change any of its element.
The bar chart window is not too different from what we’ve discussed under creating tiles.
The first part is the general, where you enter a title and description for the bar chart.
For instance, if you want to track weekly active users, the title can be active users.
For the description, enter a detailed description that helps you understand what the tile is all about (active users in this case).
The data section is where you choose the type of data you want to display on the line chart.
View (Select View)
A view is a predefined query modeled to simplify your reporting. What event/data do you want to display on the chart?
Since we want to track weekly active users, the view would be sessions.
Clicking on open view details will open the dictionary where you can find what the view is all about and the associated values.
Value (Select a Measure)
What subdata or measure do you want to track/display on the line chart?
From the dropdown of values, we’ll choose 7 Days Active Users.
Bar charts allow trending multiple values. So we can also add more values. So we can add other values like hits and visitors.
Hence the bar chart will be tracking the 7 days active users, hits, and visitors to the site.
Breakdown (Select a Breakdown Dimension):
Do you want to segment the event(s) to learn more about them? By default, the breakdown is by date. However, you can break down your tile by week, hour, and other dimensions like page URL, referrer, etc.
Since we are tracking weekly active users, we’ll breakdown by ‘days of week’.
What date range do you want to track with the bar chart? Set a start and finish date, so the date range is the time in between. You can either choose a predefined date range or enter a custom date range.
Since we are tracking weekly active users, we’ll select ‘Last full 7 days’ as our date range.
Do you want to compare the data from that from the previous period? There are several predefined compare options including previous period, previous week same day, previous year. You can also select a custom comparison period.
Let’s compare our data from the last 7 days to the same date last month.
Is there any specific set of data you do not want to display? Do you want to only visualize specific data or data for a particular date?