Session Definition & Meaning

What Is A Session?

A session is a group of actions recorded for one user on a website in a given time frame. A user may have a single session that consists of multiple pageviews or events and a single user can start multiple sessions within a day, a week, or a month.

The session metric is tracked by Google Analytics with the aim of accurately measuring a website’s traffic. A session expires after thirty minutes of inactivity, but each new event extends a session for the same amount of time. For example, if a user arrived at a website and started a session, then triggered an event after 15 minutes of inactivity, the session will be prolonged for an additional thirty minutes.

Also, all sessions expire at the end of the day, even if they started shortly before midnight of the website owner’s chosen time zone.

Sessions are not the same as page views, which account for the total number of views a website gets over a set period of time. A single-user session can result in multiple pageviews (i.e., the user visited more than one web page during the session).

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