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09 August 2019
Getting started with Data Studio is easy, but mastering it takes time. You may feel completely stuck sometimes. Where can you find help?
You can create your first Data Studio report in minutes. But challenges can appear when you start to add formulas, create filters, or blend data sources.
You may start to doubt. Are you blocked due to:
What can you do when you need help? Here are 6 suggestions:
Start here if you want to ask for a new feature in Data Studio, or report a bug. It's easy to miss this resource as it won't come up in Google searches. You need to be logged in on a Google account to access it.
We suggest you bookmark this url. It's hard to remember that Data Studio is "componentid:196095".
Vote on what matters to you by starring issues. You can see which issues are being addressed as they are marked as "assigned":
Please start by searching if a similar topic already exists. It's very likely that someone had your issue before. You may find your answer immediately.
Here are 3 communities where you can ask for help. They are ordered by most active:
This is Google's official support forum for Data Studio, but most answers are posted by users who volunteer to help others.
Some users are very knowledgeable and post high-quality answers:
One of many answers posted by Nimantha If you receive a good answer:
They are many people following the hashtag #GoogleDataStudio. If you like using Twitter, this could be an option.
Google recently introduced Community Visualizations, which lets developers build their own components for Data Studio. It's an ideal solution when you feel like the default charts are too basic.
The number of shared visualizations available is still small, but they are good examples of what it's possible to create.
Did you think of hiring a freelancer for a few days? They could help you build a report, write a connector, or create a custom visualization.
Upwork has many freelancers with Google Data Studio skills, located all over the world. Their rates vary widely depending on their location and experience level.
Malt lists 70+ freelancers with Data Studio skills. Attention though, Malt is mostly popular in France. The majority of profiles are written in French, even when the freelancers speak good English.
Being stuck with Data Studio is often an indicator that you're trying to do something which should be done on your data source instead. For example by:
A good warning sign is when you feel like you need to blend too many data sources. Or when you start wondering how to create loops and variables in Data Studio.
BigQuery is an interesting option to consider. It's Google's data warehouse service, dedicated to managing and querying large datasets.
BigQuery supports popular BI tools like Data Studio, Tableau, and Looker.
If you have more more advice on how to get help with Data Studio, we'd love to hear it!