The reports in Magento are so limited that this seems like a really ripe opportunity for third party developers. Something that gives some control and customization over reporting would sell like hotcakes, I’d think.
And it seems like it would be easy to do for someone with SQL chops. Heck, I’d just use PHPMyAdmin for reporting, except when I looked there were so many tables and fields I didn’t want to try to figure out what was what.
A report of sales where you would get individual sales on each line rather than daily/monthly/annual aggregates. You would set the time period, and there would be presets (like today, yesterday, last 7 days, this week since Monday, this month, last month). The columns might be customizable, but would default to something similar to the current Sales Report.
A report of products sold that would show individual products and the numbers sold during a time period that you would choose (presets as above). This could include the current inventory as a column (as in the current Low Stock report). This would be better than the Bestsellers report and could replace that as well as the Low Stock report.
I don’t know if this data is even saved anywhere, but an abandoned carts report that included guests and which dealt witht the PayPal Pending abandon cart category. It would be nice to have a report showing a graphical trendline of this and the coversion rate, the average order dollar amount and the amount of cross-sells added in the cart and anything else that might be relevant to help track efforts to increase conversion, decrease cart abandonment, diagnose payment system problems and increase average order size.
All these could use the standard Magento filtering bar.
Thanks. I’ll look into that. At this point we’re just using GetClicky.com for analytics, because it’s more real time. And to be honest, we operate several sites, which I don’t want Google to know are under common ownership, so I’m careful about what I register with Google Analytics, Google Webmaster Tools, etc. It gets to be tiresome to create several different Google logins and log in and out all day long.
I’m also going to talk with our developer to see if he’s up to taking a stab at an extension.
Our developer is going to take a stab at this starting next week, and if it’s not too much extra effort to clean up what we come up with we may release it to the wild. Any further ideas or suggestions are welcome.