How to setup Google Analytics

This particular option can be found by logging into your site's admin area and going to:
"ProPhoto" > "Customize" > "Site Settings" > "Analytics"

Have you ever wondered how many visitors come to your site? Which pages do they view the most? How about whether they use a desktop computer, a mobile phone, or a tablet? Which links on the Internet bring the most traffic to your site? What about links from social media sites?

All these questions can be answered with tools like Google Analytics. It is the most powerful way to study the traffic to your site, and it’s our recommended approach.

Step 1: Create an account and login

Begin by going to the Google Analytics website to sign up for an account and login. If you are brand new to Google Analytics, go right to Step 2 below.

Otherwise, click the Admin menu option at the top of the screen to manage your accounts. In the administration area, use the dropbox to Create new account to manage a new website.

existing Analytics users may want to create a new account for a separate business

existing Analytics users may want to create a new account for a new website

Step 2: Enter website details

If you’ve never used Analytics before, or if you just created a new account for tracking in the last step, you’ll begin with the New Account steps. Select the option to track a website (not a mobile app) and fill in your details:

  • Account Name – typically, you’ll fill in your business name for easy organization
  • Website Name – this is the property name to track a website, and you can create extra properties later if you need tracking for several websites under one company
  • Website URL – the address of your site, which it’s best to copy-paste from your “Settings > General > Site Address (URL)” box in WordPress to prevent typos.
  • Industry Category – select the category which most closely describes the nature of your website
  • Reporting Time Zone – select which timezone applies to you
  • Data Sharing Settings – several optional selections are available, so review each one and uncheck to opt out

When you’re finished, click Get Tracking ID at the bottom of the screen. Review and accept/decline the Terms of Service Agreement in the popup.

Step 3: Copy website tracking code

In the next screen you will see your Tracking ID, the Status of your tracking, and Website tracking information. You must copy the Website tracking code seen in the box.

ga-copy-script-code

Step 4: Paste website tracking code into ProPhoto

Login to your site and find the “ProPhoto > Customize > Site Settings > Analytics” screen, where you will paste your code into the appropriate box.

ga-paste-website-tracking-code

After pasting the code, click Save changes at the bottom of the screen. Now, whenever someone visits your site, their interaction with your site will be logged and presented in your Google Analytics dashboard. Login to your Google Analytics account any time to view reports of all kinds. Tracking data may not show immediately, so be patient for the first bit of data to appear.

Also, be aware that ProPhoto will not add tracking code for anyone who is logged into your WordPress site. This prevents admin traffic from being counted. Simply logout if you need to confirm the tracking code is working, or to track your own activity.

Step 5: Install a WordPress dashboard plugin (optional)

If you want to view your stats without visiting the Google Analytics website, you might install a WordPress plugin like Google Analytics Dashboard in the “Plugins > Add New” area of your setup.

A pane with simple metrics will be shown in your “Dashboard” greeting screen in WordPress, which you can drag-and-drop into the ideal position.

ga-dashboard-plugin

Troubleshooting

If you do not see the Receiving Data message, but instead see a “Tracking Not Installed” message, repeat the process above, making sure that you have copied and pasted the entire block of code from the Google Analytics site, and NOT just the UA-XXXXXXXX-1 number.

Also, be sure that you are not already running a WordPress plugin which manages Google Analytics code on your site.

Next, be sure you are not running a WordPress plugin which ‘hides’ your site with a “Maintenance Mode” so visitors cannot yet see your site. These plugins will block access to your site content, and Google will be unable to connect while these plugins are running. Check for a plugin of this type in WordPress here:  “Plugins” > “Installed Plugins”
Also, be aware that ProPhoto has an “Under Construction” mode, which behaves the same way. Make sure that you are not blocking access to your site with this feature by going here:  “ProPhoto” > “Customize” > “Site Settings” > “Misc.”

If you continue to have difficulty, please contact us for assistance.

This particular option can be found by logging into your site's admin area and going to:
"ProPhoto 4" > "Customize" > "Site Settings" > "Analytics"

Have you ever wondered how many visitors come to your site? Which pages do they view the most? How about whether they use a desktop computer, a mobile phone, or a tablet? Which links on the Internet bring the most traffic to your site? What about links from social media sites?

All these questions can be answered with tools like Google Analytics.

This is the most powerful way to study the traffic to your site, and it’s our recommended approach.

Step 1: Create an account and login

Begin by going to the Google Analytics website to sign up for an account and login. If you are brand new to Google Analytics, go right to Step 2 below.

Otherwise, click the Admin menu option at the top of the screen to manage your accounts. In the administration area, use the dropbox to Create new account to manage a new website.

existing Analytics users may want to create a new account for a separate business

existing Analytics users may want to create a new account for a new website

Step 2: Enter website details

If you’ve never used Analytics before, or if you just created a new account for tracking in the last step, you’ll begin with the New Account steps. Select the option to track a website (not a mobile app) and fill in your details:

  • Account Name – typically, you’ll fill in your business name for easy organization
  • Website Name – this is the property name to track a website, and you can create extra properties later if you need tracking for several websites under one company
  • Website URL – the address of your site, which it’s best to copy-paste from your “Settings > General > Site Address (URL)” box in WordPress to prevent typos.
  • Industry Category – select the category which most closely describes the nature of your website
  • Reporting Time Zone – select which timezone applies to you
  • Data Sharing Settings – several optional selections are available, so review each one and uncheck to opt out

When you’re finished, click Get Tracking ID at the bottom of the screen. Review and accept/decline the Terms of Service Agreement in the popup.

Step 3: Copy website tracking code

In the next screen you will see your Tracking ID, the Status of your tracking, and Website tracking information. You must copy the Website tracking code seen in the box.

ga-copy-script-code

Step 4: Paste website tracking code into ProPhoto

Login to your site and find the “ProPhoto > Customize > Site Settings > Analytics” screen, where you will paste your code into the appropriate box.

ga-paste-website-tracking-code

After pasting the code, click Save changes at the bottom of the screen. Now, whenever someone visits your site, their interaction with your site will be logged and presented in your Google Analytics dashboard. Login to your Google Analytics account any time to view reports of all kinds. Tracking data may not show immediately, so be patient for the first bit of data to appear.

Also, be aware that ProPhoto will not add tracking code for anyone who is logged into your WordPress site. This prevents admin traffic from being counted. Simply logout if you need to confirm the tracking code is working, or to track your own activity.

Step 5: Install a WordPress dashboard plugin (optional)

If you want to view your stats without visiting the Google Analytics website, you might install a WordPress plugin like Google Analytics Dashboard in the “Plugins > Add New” area of your setup.

A pane with simple metrics will be shown in your “Dashboard” greeting screen in WordPress, which you can drag-and-drop into the ideal position.

ga-dashboard-plugin

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