Metric tiles section type - details

This section type adds tiles to your report. It is especially recommended as a base for reports displayed on mobile devices, where clear, readable information at a glance is especially important.

Basic concepts

At first glance, metric tiles and dimension tiles look similar. However, the Metric tiles section uses cells, where each tile consists of one or more cells. A single cell looks similar to a single tile, but cells and tiles have different characteristics.

  • A metric tile is based on metrics. Dimensions serve only as filters.
  • Each cell of a metric tile represents one main metric.
    You can also display auxiliary metrics on metric tiles.

You can

  • Render one table row as multiple tiles, each representing one or many metrics.
  • Color tile background based on metric value.
  • Show one, two (comparison) or up to 4 metrics (breakdown) in a tile (Warning).

Limitations

  • Breakdown metrics are not supported.
  • There are no section buttons available for dimension tiles section.

Data tab settings

  1. Select at least one metric as a Row.
  2. Select at least one dimension as a Filter. Display filters in the report header or enter the section title in the Display name field to show the context of the metrics displayed on cells.
  3. Click Display report.
Example plank sections
Example plank sections

Result display tab settings

You can set the following metric tiles options:

Cell size

A cell is a basic unit to define the tile size. Choose between the following cell sizes: Extra small, Small, Medium, or Large.

Default: Small.

Number of cells per row

This setting specifies the number of cells of a 1x1 size in one row.

The maximum number of cells in a row depends on the tile size:

  • 8 Tiles of the 1x1 size
  • 3 Tiles of the 1x2 size
  • 2 Tiles of the 1x3 size

Cells are displayed on the report in the order in which the corresponding metrics are defined on the Result Display tab.

Default: 3.

Tile size

One tile can occupy from one to three cells. You can choose from the following tile sizes:

  • 1x1
  • 1x2
  • 1x3

Default: 1x1.

Larger tiles are recommended if you want to display auxiliary metrics.

Stave sizes
Stave sizes

Tile type

Use this list to choose how to display the metric value:

  • Breakdown - shows the main metric and a breakdown into auxiliary metrics. For example, if the main metric is Total bytes, select Client bytes and Server bytes as auxiliary metrics and set the Show condition to No for both of them. As a result, you see the Breakdown Tile:
Example breakdown stave
Example breakdown stave

Note that the Tile size is set to 1x2 so all metrics are easily visible.

  • Fraction - shows a part of a whole, such as how many users out of the Unique users are affected by performance problems. Note that, in this case, the main metric serves as an auxiliary metric:
    1. For the Affected users (performance) metric, select Unique users as the auxiliary metric.
    2. Set the Show condition to No for the Unique users metric.
    3. Click Display report to see the Fraction tile.
Example fraction stave
Example fraction stave
  • Normal - name bottom - shows the metric value in the center of the Tile and its name at the bottom. If you display additional metrics below the main metric, they are separated by a slash “/”.
Example normal - name bottom stave
Example normal - name bottom stave
  • Normal - name top - shows the metric value in the center of the Tile and its name at the top. If you display additional metrics below the main metric, they are separated by a slash “/”.
Example normal - name top stave
Example normal - name top stave

Defining color rendering

You define color rendering separately for each tile.

  1. Select the color rendering mode for each main metric. Main metrics constitute Tile and their Show condition is set to Yes.
  2. Provide metric thresholds.

Displaying auxiliary metrics

Go to the Result Display tab to display auxiliary metrics on Tiles. This is a mandatory step for Tiles of Breakdown or Fraction type.

For Normal Tile types, auxiliary metrics are displayed below the main metric and they are separated by a slash “/”.

If you do not want to display separate Tiles for metrics that are selected as auxiliary, set their Show condition to No.

Setting the show condition to no
Setting the show condition to no

Tip: If you display auxiliary metrics and see the ellipsis (“...”) on tiles, make the Tile size larger.

You define drilldown links on tiles in the same way as for the other report sections. Note that:

  • You can define only one drilldown link per tile.
  • The best practice is to define the drilldown link on the main metric.
  • Drilldown links defined on auxiliary metrics or on metrics with the Show condition set to No are not active.

Example usage

To see an example usage of the Metric tiles section, open the Synthetic Backbone Tests report.

This section consists of six tiles and uses three different tile types: Normal - name top, Breakdown, and Normal - name bottom. All metrics here present statistics for backbone tests.

Example plank section
Example plank section