Configuring Analytics

The Brightspot Analytics plugin accumulates and reports on visitors’ viewing patterns within your site. You can generate analytics accumulated by Brightspot, or retrieve analytics from Google.

Configuring Brightspot Analytics

Administrators perform this task.

This section describes how to configure Brightspot to provide page view counts. If your version of Brightspot is missing any of the following configuration options, contact your Brightspot developer.

To configure item-level analytics:

  1. From the Navigation menu, select Admin > Sites & Settings.

  2. In the Sites widget, click Global. The Edit Global widget appears.

  3. Under Main, expand Analytics.

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  4. Using the following table as a reference, configure the plugin. Some of the settings at the global level can be overridden at the site level.

  5. Click Save.

Brightspot Analytics settings
Field Description
Task Host Name or address of host running the task that updates the page views.
Page Views Supplier

Source provider of page view data.

  • None—Page view data is not accumulated.
  • Brightspot Analytics—Source of page views is the Brightspot server. The Brightspot server provides some analytics not available from Google, such as traffic counts from a variety of search engines and social networks.
  • Google Analytics—Source of page views is Google Analytics. For information about integrating Google Analytics with Brightspot, see Integrating Google Analytics.
Report Task Schedule Cron expression that specifies the time interval for the Google Analytics background task to run. Must be set for the task to run. For example, 0 0 0/1 1/1 * ? * runs the task every hour on every day. For information about building cron expressions, see Cron Maker. Available only if Page Views is set to Google Analytics.
Interval Unit of time used to calculate the number of page views appearing in the search panel and in dynamic lists. See Including page views in the search panel and Sorting dynamic lists by page views. Available only if Page Views is set to Brightspot Analytics or Google Analytics.
Amount Number of intervals. For example, if you set Interval to Days and Amount to 2, then the Page Views field in the search panel and dynamic lists reflect the number of page views over the past two days. Available only if Page Views is set to Brightspot Analytics or Google Analytics.
Disable Scripts If on, disables the JavaScript that collects page view data. The data remains uncollected until you turn this toggle off.
Search Sources Search engines from which traffic arrives to the item. If blank, Brightspot tracks incoming traffic referred by Google, Bing, and Yahoo. You can override this setting at the site level.
Social Sources Social networks from which traffic arrives to the item. If blank, Brightspot tracks incoming traffic referred by Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. You can override this setting at the site level.
Video Analytics Supplier

Source provider of video view data.

  • None—Video view data not accumulated.
  • Brightspot Analytics—Source of video views is the Brightspot server.

Including page views in the search panel

Editors perform this task.

When you enable the Analytics plugin, you can include page views in the search panel’s results.

To include page views in the search panel:

  1. In the header, click in the search field. The search panel appears.

  2. Click Select Fields. The Select Fields widget appears.

  3. From the Hidden Fields list, click Page Views. The field moves to the Selected Fields list.

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  4. Click Update.

The Select Fields widget closes, and the Page Views field appears in the search panel.

You can also filter search results by page views using an advanced query; for details, see Advanced query search.

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Sorting dynamic lists by page views

When you enable the Analytics plugin, you can sort dynamic lists by page views.

To sort a dynamic list by page views:

  1. In the content edit page, open or create the item to which you want to add a dynamic list.

  2. Under Overrides, expand Module Placement. Drop-down lists Above, Aside, and Below appear for the dynamic list’s position. (For an illustration of these positions, see the diagram Examples of module placement.)

  3. From one of the drop-down lists, select Replace. For an explanation of the possible selections for module placement, see Module Placement.

  4. Click add_circle_outline, and select List. A form appears.

  5. In the Title field, enter a title.

  6. In the Description field, enter a description. For an explanation of the buttons on this field’s toolbar, see Rich text editor.

  7. From the Items list, select Dynamic. A form appears.

  8. Using the table Fields for configuring a dynamic list as a reference, design filters for the dynamic list. From the Sort list, select Page Views.

  9. From the Call to Action list, select a call to action. Your form looks similar to the following:

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  10. Click Publish.

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