You started your wiki for a reason. Maybe you were looking for ways to get your students more excited about their work. Or you wanted a place to post announcements for your community. Or possibly you needed a spot to organize a really important event. No matter what your specific reason was, you chose a wiki because you knew it was a collaborative tool, and that was what you wanted.
The main thing about collaborative tools is that you need them when you’re working with other people. And, if you’re working with other people, odds are you’ve found yourself asking how those other people are using the wiki. And that moment, when you ask that question, is when you are ready to check out your wiki stats.
What exactly are “wiki stats”?
Numbers. Fabulous, fabulous numbers. The kinds of numbers that tell you how many people visited your wiki, and which pages they looked at, and how many edits they made, and what countries they came from.
To see what I mean, go to Manage Wiki > Wiki Statistics. There you’ll see a bunch of graphs, with lots of fun information:
- Unique visitors
- Top 10 countries by percentage of visits
When you get to this page, you’ll be looking at the numbers for the current month, but you can always change the dates to see the data for a different month — or even for an entire year.
And any of the information you see here — and of the information anywhere in your wiki stats — can be downloaded as a .csv (comma separated value) file.
Neat. What else can I do?
Click on the Pages tab. Now you get a little more detail about how people are using your site. This is a list of all the pages in your wiki, and how many times they’ve been viewed. And, just like the wiki stats overview tab, you can change the date range (and download a .csv file), so you get all the information you need.
Next, click the Members tab. Now you’re looking at all the members of your wiki, and you get to see how many edits they’ve made and how many messages they’ve left. Click on any number, and you’ll see a list of all the edits or posts the the member made within the dates you entered.
That’s a lot of great information, but what can I do with it?
That part depends on what you want to do with your wiki.
If you’re a teacher, these numbers will help you monitor individual students. You can dig a little deeper into how they’re working and behaving on the wiki, and it gives you a way to evaluate students and the work they do over a semester.
If you’re organizing a large event — say, a conference, or a gala event — wiki stats will let you see activity on the wiki as soon as it goes live. You can see how many visitors you’re getting, which pages they’re interested in, even which countries they’re coming from.
Or let’s say you have a really big wiki, and you’re reevaluating how you use it. Wiki stats make it easy to see which pages are the most important for your community — just check out the number of views on the Pages tab.
Whatever it is you use your wiki to do, knowing how to read your wiki statistics can help you get a clearer picture of how it’s working. If you want to know more about your stats, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.