What Is the Difference Between a Dashboard and an Explorer?

Basically, an explorer is a subset of a dashboard and is designed to help you focus only on the usage analytics data that you need or do not find by default in the pre-configured explorers (see Explorer Templates). All explorers only contain a time series and a table that are both customizable (see Creating Usage Analytics Explorers).

A dashboard is an easy to read real-time user interface, showing a graphical presentation of the current status and historical trends of certain measures and key indicators relevant to your organization. Dashboards are less restrictive than explorers. As a matter of fact, you can create any explorer inside a dashboard, but the reverse is not true. Dashboard offers the possibility to create other cards than time series and tables, such as pie and bar charts (see Reviewing the Search Usage Trends From the Summary Dashboard).