Wondering if it’s possible to create custom GA4 dashboards?
For those who created your own dashboard in Universal Analytics, you’re probably wondering if there’s something similar you can do in GA4. Although GA4 dashboards differ quite a bit from Universal Analytics dashboards, you can still create them!
If you didn’t use Universal Analytics, you probably just want to be able to put your most-used reports together in one dashboard.
Either way, you’re in the right place.
In this article, we’ll look at what GA4 dashboards are, how you can make them, and what tools you can use to make looking at GA4 data easier.
GA4 Dashboards Video Walkthrough
What Are GA4 Dashboards?
GA4 dashboards are a screen or “board” with multiple small reports, or “cards”. Dashboards are convenient because you can see all of your most important metrics together on one screen instead of clicking around to multiple reports.
In Universal Analytics, it was pretty easy to create custom dashboards. It’s a bit different in GA4, but you can still make GA4 dashboards! In fact, there are a couple different ways to create them, using a few different tools and methods.
3 Ways to Create GA4 Dashboards
There are a few different approaches you can take to create GA4 dashboards. Let’s take a look.
- Option 1: Customize the GA4 Reports Snapshot
- Option 2: Install MonsterInsights on WordPress
- Option 3: Use Looker Studio
Option 1: Customize the GA4 Reports Snapshot
When you log into GA4 and navigate to the Reports tab, the first thing you’ll see is the Reports Snapshot.
The Reports Snapshot is a pre-made GA4 dashboard that gives you an overview of how your website is doing. Although it’s a great start, this dashboard probably includes reports you won’t use, or maybe doesn’t have a report “card” that you want it to have.
By editing this report, you can customize it to make it more of what you need for your unique website.
To start, click the pencil icon in the upper right corner of the screen:
That’ll open a Customize Report side panel:
Here’s where you’ll see each of the cards in the report. It can hold up to 16 of them and comes with 13 cards by default.
First, notice that you can rearrange the cards by clicking the six dots on the left and dragging a card to a new location.
Unfortunately, the cards aren’t editable. So, if you’d like to make a change to a certain one, you’ll have to click the X on the right to delete it, then remake and add an updated card back yourself.
To create a new report card, scroll to the bottom of the list and click Add cards:
Here’s where you’ll be able to select from Google’s pre-made cards to add to your dashboard. If you’re looking to add something that isn’t there, unfortunately it can’t be added at this time and you’ll want to look at the other methods of creating a GA4 dashboard.
There are a couple things about this page that you should note. First of all, notice that there’s a second tab with more report cards that you can look at:
Also, make sure to check out the other dimensions that are available for each card by clicking the down arrow when it’s available:
If you find a card you’d like to add to your dashboard, click the checkbox, then click the blue Add Card button.
Your new card will automatically be added to the end of your list of cards, so it’ll be at the end of your report. If you want to move it up, remember to click and drag it up into a new position. When it’s situated where you’d like, go ahead and click the blue Save button:
Next, unless you’re trying to create a whole new dashboard, you’ll want to click the Save changes to current report option:
A pop-up will then come up asking if you’re sure – go ahead and click Save.
That’s it! You’ve edited your standard GA4 reports overview dashboard.
If your site is built with WordPress, you’ll really want to see our next option. Not on WordPress? Skip to option 3.
Option 2: Install MonsterInsights on WordPress
Hoping for more of a super easy, done-for-you method of GA4 dashboard reporting? If your site is built with WordPress, we’ve got an awesome option for you: MonsterInsights.
MonsterInsights is the best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. It allows you to easily connect your WordPress site with Google Analytics so you can view all the data that matters most right in your WordPress dashboard.
Plus, with the click of a button, you can set up sophisticated tracking features such as event tracking, eCommerce tracking, form tracking, custom dimension tracking, outbound link tracking, and more.
Use the MonsterInsights dashboard widget to add important stats right to your home WordPress dashboard, or visit the Reports area (also inside your WordPress dashboard) for all of our straightforward and easily readable reports, such as:
- Pages and Landing Page Details
- Search Console
- User Journey
- Site Speed
- And more!
With MonsterInsights, you can see all your most important stats without leaving WordPress or opening Google Analytics.
Plus, beyond adding your Google Analytics stats to WordPress, MonsterInsights sets up multiple more complicated tracking features for you, so you don’t have to try to puzzle them out. For instance, you can set up eCommerce tracking, author tracking, user journey tracking, video tracking, and more with just a couple clicks.
To get started, take a look at the different reports you get at our different license levels and choose the one that has the features you need.
Want to start with just your basic stats? Use the free version of MonsterInsights.
Looking for a full tour of MonsterInsights first? Check out our Ultimate Guide to MonsterInsights Dashboard Reports.
Option 3: Use Looker Studio
Looker Studio is Google’s free tool that you can use to build your own GA4 dashboard. Although it’s got a learning curve, it’s a really neat tool that you can really dive deep into to create the exact reports you want.
We won’t be diving into a full Looker Studio tutorial here. That would be a lot! Instead, Google has extensive instructions for how to use it. Start with the Looker Studio Quick-Start Guide.
We hope you found a good method in our guide for creating a GA4 dashboard.
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