Throughout Metorik, we compare data against other periods to help you see the growth in metrics. By default, the previous dates will be the previous equivalent period.
So if you were looking at data from August 1 - August 31 and there were growth metrics there, it'd be using data from July 1 - July 31 to determine the amount of growth.
However, you can easily change the dates used for comparison when on a page that shows growth metrics. This gives you the chance to compare two sets of data, regardless of the dates.
You can also hover over any growth amount to see the previous amount it's using to get that number.
If comparisons are possible, you'll see the previous period next to the date picker in the top right:
'Previous period' is the default, but you can also select 'previous year' to compare it to data from the same dates but in the previous year (eg. December 1 - December 31 2016 and December 1 - December 31 2015). or 'previous month' to compare it to the same dates but in the previous month (eg. December 1 - December 7 2016 and November 1 - November 7 2016).
Alternatively, you can use the date picker to select custom dates for comparison. If you set custom dates, the previous dates will not change when the primary dates change.
All growth metrics around the site will instantly be updated to reflect these dates, and some charts will even show the other date side-by-side, like so:
When you're looking at the current today, and compare it to a previous day, you'll see an option to choose what time it should compare up until:
If the option ( above - Only until 6:11 AM) is enabled, it will only compare it to the previous day's data up until the current time. That way you're not comparing the current day, which is incomplete, to data from a previous day that is complete. By default, it will compare it up until the current time.
When looking at a resource list like Products, you can compare the sales numbers to a previous period too: