Tips and tricks: Wiki stats

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:

  • Views
  • Unique visitors
  • Edits
  • Messages
  • Editors
  • 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 help@wikispaces.com.

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14 Comments

  1. Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Many thanks! I love the stats and transparency. Having the stats public means that it’s easy to show others the development of this collaborative work.

    Questions:

    Is there a way I can rank the pages in order of the number of views?

    When I view the 2010 overview – http://planeta.wikispaces.com/space/stats/overview/2010 – there is a big hole in February and March which shows absolutely zero visitors. This is highly unlikely, so what would have caused such a glitch?

  2. Posted October 14, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I love this website!!

  3. Posted October 28, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! The Wiki stats are really useful in showing me that the site gets visited! I wish I had more time to devote to this as I can see it could be so much more than it currently is.

    Thanks again for wikispaces.

  4. Mrs Amor
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I would love to be able to see which members viewed a page. This way if I assigned watching a video or reading an article I know they went to the page. I know they might just click on the page and shut it down. But maybe if they made the effort to go to the page they might view the video.

  5. Posted October 29, 2010 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your information. Wikispaces is really a great tool for me. I use it with my students to create business plans. So wiki stats are very useful for me.

  6. Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    How do you add comments to your wiki?

  7. Mme Onsdorff
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Mrs. Armor, I would really like to see which members have viewed a particular page and when (date & time). Hopefully this feature will be developed in the near future.

  8. Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Estaré eternamante agradecido a WIKISPACES porque me sirve de herramienta didáctica diaria. Ahora estamos trabajando la interpretación VISUAL Y VERBAL de VIÑETAS.
    Humildemente planteo una sugerencia. ¿Sería posible limitar la edición de los alumnos a unas páginas determinadas?

    ¡Saludos y felicidades a todos los pacientes enseñantes del mundo!

  9. Posted October 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    floods of thanks for these technical pieces of nformation.yhey are of great use to me as i’ administering a wiki for my students

  10. Posted October 30, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    This is a very good information, since it will help me use my wiki in a better way and monitor how others are using it. this is really wonderful … Thanks a lot!!!

  11. Marta Arcos
    Posted October 31, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Me es muy útil la Wiki para trabajar en el aula, con mis niños.
    Agradezco a quienes hacen posible que podamos hacerlo.
    Desearía saber si es posible que envíen estos mails en español.
    Gracias

  12. Ms Chi
    Posted November 1, 2010 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    I am stl lost i think, i created the wiki to have a page of consultation with my learners. i teach junior sec learners and noticed that they love electronics. How can i incoporate this to activate and keep their interest in my subject, which is science? i’m not really a computer person. i need clear cut instructions as i’m a self taught computer user…. from the look of it, it seems exciting and extremely usefulll!!!!!!!

  13. PaM
    Posted November 5, 2010 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    ES UNA HERRAMIENTA SUMAMENTE UTIL

  14. Posted November 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

    I love this! I love the ability to track it all. Definitely handy for my dance studio & students. Thx!

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