How to exclude your own visits
Panelbear collects anonymous analytics for every visit. However, sometimes you want to exclude your own visits, that way your own interactions won't be counted for the dashboard metrics.
Panelbear allows you to disable the tracker simply by opening your website with a specific query parameter once. The tracker will save this setting, and be disabled on future sessions from your browser. That way, going forward your visits will no longer be tracked.
Disable tracking for a specific browser
You can disable tracking your own visits by appending the query parameter
panelbear_disable to any website that has Panelbear installed.
You only need to do this once per browser, as the setting will be stored indefinitely in your local storage.
That way, you can send the link to your entire office, or clients, and everyone can easily disable the tracker simply by opening the link.
You can re-enable tracking by using the enable parameter instead:
How do I know if it's working?
You can open the browser's console window, and check if there are log messages with a message such as:
[Panelbear] Skipping event collection, Panelbear has been manually disabled on this browser.
Once this setting is enabled, you own visits will no longer be collected.
Consent on use of local storage
Please note that for this feature, we need to store a small setting in your browser's local storage (similar to a cookie). This setting is what tells the tracker to remain disabled on future visits as well, and what makes this work.
We consider it consent by opt-in when you make use of this feature.