Current Version: Trends 3.06
Meet Trends, a Pepper developed by Brett DeWoody and Ronald Heft. Trends is the Pepper to use with Mint. Trends analyzes your website’s usage over a set period of time. You can configure how long you want to consider data current, and what period of time to compare it against. With its configurable time ranges, Trends is perfect for any site, big or small.
Trends comes with several panes and tabs to get the data you want.
The Internal Pane
The Internal Pane is all about what’s popular on your site at any given moment. It doesn’t matter how they got there, its what they’re looking at which is key. Use the Internal Pane to track the popularity of pages on your site.
The Popular Tab
The Popular tab is your one stop source for the overall usage of your site. In this tab you’ll see your most popular pages sorted by the number of hits they received in the interval you specify. A percent will also be given to compare how well it’s performing over the previous time span. If the page is new to your site, New! will be displayed.
The Best Tab
The Best tab is where you go to see the most popular pages on your site which are increasing in popularity. If the page existed in the previous time period and is gaining popularity, you’ll find it here.
The Worst Tab
Although most people don’t like to admit it, you can’t stay popular forever. The Worst tab will keep track of those pages which existed in the previous time span and are now losing popularity. Use this tab to find out how bad it is.
The New Tab
The New tab is your guide to finding out how all of your newly created pages are doing. This tab will display pages which did not exist in the previous time period and now have a hit. This tab will also tell you when that first hit occurred, so you know how long it took for someone to find that page on your site.
The Old Tab
As time progresses pages will no longer exist on your site, or will become so unpopular they’re not receiving hits anymore. Use this tab to track pages that use to be getting hits on your site, but for one reason or another have stopped. This tab will also tell you when the last hit occurred, making it easier for you to determine what has gone wrong.
The Watched Tab
Need to monitor a specific page? Use Mint’s Watched Page feature and keep track of that page using the Watched tab. The Watched tab includes all of the features of the Popular tab.
The External Pane
Page popularity isn’t the only thing on your site. How people get to your site is just as important. Use the External Pane to track the methods which people get to your site.
The Quick View Tab
Just because you have visitors doesn’t always mean they’re loyal visitors. It’s important to know the methods that people find your site, so you can judge just how loyal your visitors are. Use the Quick View tab to track direct visitors (they manually typed in your site, or came from a bookmark), referrer visitors (they came because someone recommended your site to them), and search visitors (they came because you may have something they want).
The Referrers Tab
The Referrers tab is here for you to find out who’s recommended your site to others. It follows the same rules as the Popular tab, so you should be right at home.
The Searches Tab
You guessed it, the Search tab tracks the searches people used to find your site. It operates just like the Popular and Referrers tabs.
The History Dropdown
Want to find out exactly how well something performed? The History Dropdown will show you the history of a page, referrer, or search’s performance over your specified comparison interval. Along with the raw numbers you also get a mini graph, allowing you to quickly judge the most popular internal. History is available on the Popular, Best, Worst, Referrers, and Searches tabs.
Current Version: 3.06
Compatible With Mint 2.0+
Still have Mint 1.1? Download Trends 2.03, the last version compatible with Mint 1.1.
Q: I only want the Internal Pane or External Pane. Can I hide the other one?
A: Sure you can. Mint has this functionality built in. Just go to your preferences and look at the Pane Order section (very bottom left column). From there you can drag either the Trends Internal Pane or the Trends External Pane to the “Disabled” section. Now click “Done” on the bottom left.
Q: What does New! and No Hits mean?
A: New! is displayed if the page has made its first appearance in your Mint database. This may not necessarily mean it’s a new page; it just might not have received visits for a while. No Hits is displayed when the page hasn’t received any hits in the secondary time range but has received hits in the past.