Looking to create a WordPress heatmap so you can see exactly what your visitors do while they’re on your site?
With a heatmap, you can see which links/buttons your visitors click on, how deeply they scroll on your site, plus a lot more.
There are a number of WordPress heatmap plugins and SaaS tools that make it easy to analyze traffic on your WordPress site, and I’ve collected them in this post.
I’ll divide these six WordPress heatmap plugins into two categories:
- WordPress heatmap plugins – these plugins are entirely self-hosted – everything happens on your own servers and all your data stays on your own servers.
There’s not really a right or wrong approach. If you’re privacy-conscious, you might like the 100% self-hosted approach, while if you want the best interface and features, you might prefer a SaaS WordPress heatmap tool. Another benefit of a SaaS tool is that you can offload the load to someone else’s server.
Three Best WordPress Heatmap Plugins
With the plugins in this first section, everything happens on your own server. That is, you’ll view your heatmap analytics from inside your WordPress dashboard and all your heatmap data is saved in your WordPress site’s database, not an external service.
1. (Really) Marvellous Metrics
(Really) Marvellous Metrics is a premium self-hosted WordPress heatmap plugin that offers a really polished heatmap tool that’s entirely contained in your WordPress dashboard.
If you want to see all the gory details, you can check out our full (Really) Marvellous Metrics review. But the short version is that, once you set up the plugin, you’ll get heatmaps and dashboards that help you track a ton of data including:
- Click tracking to see every click on your site
- Scroll depth tracking
- Form field abandonment, so you can see the actual fields that make people abandon your forms
- Page view tracking
- View time
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on Learn WordPress with WPLift.