A successful dashboard design is a dashboard that is useful. Therefore, when creating new dashboards, it is helpful to keep in mind the user that will be accessing the dashboard and their needs.

You should typically put the most important metrics front and centre so they can be referenced at a glance. Additionally, you should also avoid the temptation to add too many widgets as this can slow page load times and overcomplicate things.

It is also valuable to familiarise yourself with the standard Matomo reports first, so you don’t waste time replicating existing views. The best times to create a dashboard are when you wish a particular collection of reports existed, and when you can take the time to cater for your own needs.

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