This documentation will take you through all of the features of the Google Analytics plugin as well as how to install, configure and get the most out of the free and pro version of the plugin.
This is by far the easiest way to add Google Analytics to a Joomla website without needed to alter any code in a template.
Many of the template frameworks such as Gantry, Warp, T3 and many more make it complex to find what to modify and where to add the Google Analytics code into the template, this plugin avoids those issues by adding in the code dynamicly when the website is being rendered.
An overview video
This video will take you through the basics of the how to install Google Analytics for Joomla via the FREE plugin. Video runs for 9:36 minutes and takes you through all the steps.
How to install Google Analytics for Joomla?
Installing the Google Analytics plugin for Joomla to enable analytics tracking is quick and easy. It only takes a few minutes to do and test. These are the instructions that will take you through the process of downloading and installing the plugin onto your Joomla site and configuring it to start tracking your stats and site visitors.
1st need to download google analytics on http://nicheextensions.com/downloads/google-analytics-joomla , create an account and choose free version.
Login and Install the Plugin
Once you have downloaded the plugin, you will need to log into the backend of your Joomla website.
Login with your username and password to proceed with the installation process.
After downloading the extension on your computer, login on the joomla administrator
When you login,
Go to Extension -> Extension Manager
This will take you to the Extension Manager screen of your Joomla website where you can install components, modules and plugins for your Joomla website to extends its functionality.
The Extension Manager screen should appear as below.
And click the "Choose File". This will bring up the file browser allowing you to upload the plugin that you downloaded in the previous step.
Locate the file that you download. It should be name something like this: plg_googleAnalyticsPRO-v4.1.zip.
Once you have located the file click ok and then click the UPLOAD & INSTALL button to upload the plugin to your website and have Joomla install it.
When everything is okay you will see the message above "Installing plugin was successful", along with some helpful information in regards to what to do next.
Congratulations, you have just installed Google Analytics for Joomla!
After you have installed the plugin, you will have to enable and configure it.
Enable and Configure Google Analytics
Now that you have installed the plugin, you still have to enable and configure the plugin in order to get it working and tracking on your website.
You will need to get your web property ID from your Google Analytics account in order to add this to the website.
Firstly, navigate to the plugins manager in Joomla,
Go to Extensions->Plugin Manager
This will bring up the plugins manager screen where we can filter down and configure the plugin.
Search for Google analytics in the filter and you should see the plugin appear. Click on it and ENABLE the plugin.
When in the plugin you should see a few options.
This is where you can add in your web property ID from your Google Analytics account and choose which version of the code to display on your site.
NOTE: you can only choose the version that you have setup for your Google Analytics account. If you have setup your Google Account for Universal Analytics then you can't use the Asynchronous code on the plugin and vice versa.
Choose one when you setup your account and you have to stick with it.
Advanced features in Google Analytics Pro for Joomla
The pro version of the Google Analytics plugin allows for many advanced features. These advanced features allow for advanced tracking and fine tuning of the plugin and how Google Analytics works on your website. You can subscribe to download the plugin where you will get access to updates and support for the plugin.
If you're only interested in getting a general number of stats and visitors to your website then the advanced features may not be for you.
These are the current advanced analytic tracking features that the PRO version of the plugin supports.
- DirectMonster social tracking
- Remarketing and demographics
- Enhanced in-page analytics
- Anonymous IP tracking
- Tracking on Subdomains
- Tracking on Multi top level domains
- Sample rate
- Set cookie timeout
- Set site speed sample rate
- Set visitor cookie timeout
Enhanced Link Atrtribution Feature (PRO)
This feature only works for the asynchronous version of the plugin. It's not because I didn't want to do the work and add it into the plugin, it is because Google don't support enhanced link atrribution in the Universal version of the Google code yet. (22 March 2014). As soon as Google updates the Universal code to take into account this feature then it will be added into the plugn.
In-page analytics allows for the tracking of what happens within the pages of your website.
Tagging and enabling enhanced link attribution within the plugin will allow you to:
- Track links on a page that take a user to the same page. For example, you will be able to track call to action buttons on a page to work out which one works better for your users. Using different copy, different positioning of links will create different click through rates. This will allow you to determine what links are working better on your inner pages.
- Determine when a page element leads to different pages such as a search button leading to different parts of a site.
Learn more about enhanced link attribution.