Seven Senders Portal Analytics lets you organize visualizations onto dashboards, combining tables and charts in useful and interesting layouts. This tutorial teaches you how to use the Analytics UI to create a new dashboard and populate it with visualizations.
- Creating Dashboards
- Adding Tiles and Text to a Dashboard
A dashboard is essentially a collection of visualizations of queries, displayed all on one page. You can add filters to make the dashboard interactive and rearrange its tiles. After you’ve configured a dashboard to your liking, you can share it with your team. You can create as many dashboards as you want, so you can tailor each dashboard to the specific needs of the people who use it.
From the perspective of creating dashboards, there are three general types of tiles:
- Query tiles
- Look-linked tiles
- Text tiles
You can explore or use a Look to get the query for a query-based tile.
Either way, the query of the query tile belongs to the dashboard. Even if you use an existing Look to create a query tile, the Look is only used during the creation of the query tile. The tile is unaffected by any later changes to that Look. The query tile will still exist independently on the dashboard even if the Look is deleted.
When possible, use a query tile to avoid cluttering up your Spaces with unnecessary Looks.
The query for a Look-linked tile is linked to a Look. That Look is used when creating the tile and every time the dashboard is refreshed. A Look-linked tile is a good choice if you want to create, change, and test a query in one place but use it in multiple dashboards.
The Look and the dashboard must be in the same Space. If the Look is changed, the changes to the Look will show in your dashboard.
If the Look is deleted, the dashboard will show an error for this tile.
A text tile does not have a query. You can use text tiles to add headers and text to your dashboards. Often text tiles are used to make visual sections on a dashboard or add descriptions as needed.
You can specify one or more of these choices: a title, subtitle, or body text.
There are several ways to start the creation of a dashboard:
- Start from a saved Look, then add its query to a new dashboard as either a query tile or as a Look-linked tile.
- Start from a query on the Explore page, then add its query as a query tile on a new dashboard.
Starting with a Saved Look
- Open your Look by clicking on the four tiles in the right upper corner.
- In the upper right, click the gear menu.
- Choose Save to Dashboard.
- To create a new dashboard, select the Space you want to save it, click New Dashboard and name your dashboard in the popup window. (Alternatively you could choose an existing dashboard.)
- To add a query tile, click Save to Dashboard to add a query tile using the same query as your Look. This is often the best choice. This option means that your dashboard will not be dependent on the Look. Changes to the Look will not affect the tile in your dashboard. If the Look is deleted, your query tile will still exist on your dashboard.
- To add a Look-linked tile, click Add Look to Dashboard. This is a good choice if you want to create, change, and test a query in one place but use it in multiple dashboards. This option is not available if the Look and the dashboard are in different Spaces. If the Look is changed, the changes will show in your dashboard. If the original Look is deleted, the dashboard tile based on that Look will display an error.
Starting with an Explore Query
You can also add an Explore to an existing or new dashboard by selecting Save to Dashboard:
- In the upper right, click the gear menu.
- Choose Save to Dashboard.
- Give your new tile a title.
- To create a new dashboard, click New Dashboard and name your dashboard in the popup window. (Alternatively you could navigate to and choose an existing dashboard.)
- Click Save to Dashboard.
Adding Tiles and Text to a Dashboard
To make permanent changes to your dashboard, you must put the dashboard in edit mode. This helps to prevent unintentional changes when a user is interacting with a dashboard. To enter edit mode, simply click the Edit button in the upper right of the dashboard:
Adding Query Tiles to a Dashboad
A query tile is based on an independent query, one that is not linked to a Look. You can add a query tile to a blank dashboard (described above) or edit an existing dashboard to add additional query tiles to the dashboard.
You can create a query tile’s query by:
- Exploring to create a new query or
- Copy the query from an existing Look. In a query tile, your dashboard will not be dependent on the Look. Any future changes to the Look will not affect the tile in your dashboard. If the Look is deleted, your query tile will still exist on your dashboard.
First, click New Tile in the dashboard toolbar:
After you click New Tile, Analytics displays a menu of Explores. Choose the Orders & Shipments to build your query:
Analytics opens the Explore window to let you build your query:
- Give your query a name
- Select the fields and filters for your query
- Configure your visualization options
- Once you have set up your query, click Run
- Click Save to save the query as a tile on your dashboard
Analytics adds your new tile to the bottom of the dashboard and automatically sizes the tile, but you can move and resize the tile however you like. You can also edit the tile after you’ve created it to adjust the name of the tile, the visualization, or the underlying query.
Adding Look-linked Tiles to a Dashboard
You can add Look-linked tiles to a dashboard while editing the dashboard. But you can add look-linked tiles only when the Look and the dashboard are both saved in the same space.
First, click Looks in the dashboard toolbar:
Looker displays a window where you can manage the Looks that are already on the dashboard and add new Looks from the dashboard’s Space:
In order to add a new Look, click Add to the right of the Look’s name. If you’d like to remove a Look that already exists inside the dashboard, click Remove.
Click Update Dashboard to save any changes you made from this window.
Analytics adds your new tile to the bottom of the dashboard and automatically sizes the tile, but you can move and resize the tile however you like.
Adding Dashboard Headers and Text
You can add headers and text to your dashboards to split up information more easily, or provide descriptions where needed. To do so, click Text in the dashboard toolbar:
This will bring up a window where you can add a title, subtitle, and/or body. All of these elements are optional, providing some freedom about what type of text is used.
Some HTML, including links and images, is supported in the titles and subtitles. In addition, a subset of the Markdown markup language is supported in the body text. See this article for more information about which Markdown syntax is supported in the text tile body.
Once you save you will see your header/text tile appear at the bottom of the dashboard. It can then be moved and re-sized like any other tile to suit your needs:
Now that you know how to create dashboards, see the next tutorial to learn how to update a dashboard and edit dashboard settings.