Adding and Modifying Datablocks

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Datablocks are the basic building blocks of your Databoards. Essentially, they are a pairing of data and visualization, and they are available as different representations (from pie charts to line graphs, and more).

Adding a new datablock is extremely easy. You can select either a blank or a preconfigured datablock (also known as a metric) in the Databox Designer and add it to your view with a simple drag and drop.

Metrics Versus Datablocks

To get started, either create a new or edit an existing Databoard from the Databoards screen in the web application. On the left-hand side menu, you’ll see two options as icons.

The first option consists of metrics. Metrics are preconfigured blocks that already have the required information and metric settings to visualize data. Every data integration comes with a set of metrics – Google Analytics, for example, comes with several line charts for Sessions, Users, Pageviews, Ecommerce data, a table for KPIs, and more.

Blank datablocks, or blank container templates for which you’ll need to define additional information in the metric settings (on the right-hand side menu), are your second option. Building with blank datablocks offers more flexibility, but we only recommend it for advanced users.

Once you’ve selected the block you want to see, just drag and drop it to the Databoard in the middle. If you’ve selected a metric, you will see some significant data appear right away. If you’re working with a blank datablock, there’s still a bit more work to be done.

Adding Blank Datablocks

right_panelClick on a recently added datablock to open the metric settings menu on the right. By default, you’ll need to select the data source, the metric and the date range. Perhaps you’d also like to see how a specific metric compares to the previous month. To enable the ability to do so, select “Compare to previous period.” If you’d like to see an average, or a trend line on a chart, you can add that here as well.

Another cool tip – when you’re working with a table, you can use our “tap to change” feature to see different time intervals just by tapping on the column header. To configure that option, just click on the datablock, click on “Intervals” from the top of the right-hand menu and select the time intervals you’d like to see. You can choose from Today, Yesterday, Last 7 days, Quarter to date and other common time intervals.

To take it up a notch, read about the Advanced metrics settings.

If you decide you want to change the order of your datablocks, just select a datablock you’d like to move, and then click and drag it from the “Move Datablock” icon.

To delete a datablock, just click on the datablock and hit the trash icon. If you click the trash icon up at the top, you will delete your entire Databoard.

Watch our Designer Basics video for a quick recap on how to get started with your Databoards.

Single- Versus Multi-source Datablocks

single_multi_switch Normally, you define a separate metric for each row in a table and slice on a pie chart. However, certain metrics are built as dynamic lists with specific attributes. For example, “Top keywords” is one metric that has each keyword as an attribute and the occurrences as values. So, instead of setting up a table row for each attribute, you can switch the table to “single-source” and select this metric.

Not only does it save you time, but it keeps the datablock up-to-date with any new attribute values. It also enables automatic sorting by name, value or change.

Currently, we support single-source metrics for table, pie and pipeline datablocks.

Adding Extra Intervals

addl_intervalsOn (almost) every datablock, you have the option to add extra time intervals. So if you have set up a datablock that shows your sales today, you can navigate to the “Intervals” tab and add, for example, WTD and MTD.

This will allow you to switch between different intervals in the mobile app. Just tap on the name of the datablock and select the desired interval from the pop-up menu.

This article was last updated on June 6, 2017