How to Check SharePoint Usage Reports?

Aftab Alam Aftab Alam Published On - 03 Dec 2019

SharePoint Administrator sometimes needs to get a clear picture of the site usage – how many users are accessing the site content, viewing it, or modifying it. A large business where there are multiple sites with substantial traffic, there it becomes quite necessary to get the usage reports to optimize the SharePoint resources.

SharePoint Usage Reports

The SharePoint usage reports bring information regarding how a user interacts with the site. When you access these reports, you can get a clear idea about the usage count of the site per day or per month, popularity trends, popular items, and frequency of people clicking the recommended results.

Due to the simplicity of the SharePoint environment, it is quite easy to access the SharePoint usage reports using various options and analyze your SharePoint site usage. Here are some methods:

# Method 1: Using the site content tab in the Site

  1. Login to SharePoint using the Administrator credentials and go to Active Sites. Then select the site and click its URL.
  2. After opening the site, you can click the Site contents tab to open the contents of the site.
  3. Click the Site usage option from the toolbar.
  4. There are multiple reports related to the site behavior using which you can get information on site usage. Here are some reports.
    • Unique viewers
    • Site visits
    • Site traffic
    • Popular platforms
    • Most unique viewers
    • Most viewed

# Method 2. Site activity in the modern pages

If you are using the modern page layout of the site, then you can use the Site activity web part. The web part is the new part of the site activity on the modern page experience. The web part is easily accessible at any page for the recently modified content. When you click the Edit button at any site, then you can select any content and click the (+) icon to see various site features. Here, go to Site activity and click it.

On the Activity page, you can see the items in the chronological order of their editing. You should note that it works only for the modern web page but not on a classic web page.

# Method 3. Using the Site Collection

Both the above two methods bring the usage details of a single site only. But using the present method, you can track the activity of the whole site collection. But the present method works only for the SharePoint on-premises. Here is the process:

  1. At the Site Collection Administration, click the Site Collection Audit Settings.
  2. At the Configure Audit Settings, check all the boxes whose report you want to get. Then click Next.
  3. Choose among the various reports at the View Auditing Reports. There will be multiple categories where different reports are present.
    1. Content Activity Reports >
      • Content Viewing
        The report consists of all events where a user viewed content on this site.
      • Content Modification
        The report presents all modified content on the site.
      • Deletion
        The report brings all events that caused content in the site to be deleted or restored from the recycle bin.
      • Content type and list modifications
        The report shows all events that modified content types and lists on the site.
    2. Information Management Policy Reports >
      • Policy Modifications
        The reports show events related to the creation and use of information management policies on content in the site.
      • Expiration and Disposition
        The report consists of all events related to the expiration and disposition of content on the site.
    3. Security and Site Settings Reports >
      • Auditing Settings
        The report consists of all events that change the auditing settings of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.
      • Security Settings
        The report presents all events that change the security configuration of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.

# Method 4. Using the SharePoint Admin Center

When you log in to the SharePoint Admin Center, you can see the SharePoint reports on Groups, Activity, Files, and Storage. You can click these reports and see their details.

You can see the reports in various formats and export them.

You can see the report in the tabular format also.

Conclusion

SharePoint is a big platform where the size of data is always large. So, its usage reports are important for administrators to have an insight into how data is being used. SharePoint Usage Reports bring some comprehensive details about data usage.