Analytics Guide

This guide will help you set up CoalaWeb Analytics quickly and easily taking full advantage of all its features. When you install a CoalaWeb extension all the parts of the system will be installed at the same time making installing, upgrading and uninstalling a breeze.

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Updates
  3. Options
  4. Advanced [Pro]
  5. Need More Help?

Overview

CoalaWeb Analytics gives Joomla administrators the power to load the most up to date version of the Google Analytics tracking code. It will be loaded and executed asynchronously on all browsers.

When installing all the parts of the system will be installed at the same time making installing, upgrading and uninstalling a breeze.

Updates

The CoalaWeb Analytics extension integrates with the inbuilt Joomla Update system so both Core and Pro users can keep their extension up to date. For Core users when you see updates listed in the Joomla update manager feel free to select it and update.

For Pro subscribers you will need to make sure you still have a valid subscription and that you have entered your Download ID into the System - CW Gears plugin. [Figure-1]

Not sure where to find your Download ID? Click HERE for more info.

Figure-1

Inside the CW Gears plugin options your will find a tab titled Updates and under it a Download ID input field. I recommend you copy and paste your Download ID into this field to reduce the risk of a typo and also to check for no spaces at the end. [Figure-1a]

Figure-1a

The CW Gears plugin will take care of the Download ID for any CoalaWeb extensions that doesn't come with a component.

Where can I find my Download ID?

To see your Download ID you will need to log into coalaweb.com and then go to:

Members -> My Subscriptions

You will then see the ID displayed in the module titled Download ID. [Figure-1b]

Figure-1b

TIP: To stop any typos I recommend copying and pasting the download ID and also to check for no spaces at the end.

Options

This section has two options that are available in both the Core and Pro versions.

The first one is the Property ID (also called the Tracking ID) which can be found in your Google Analytics account. If you are not sure where to find it the quickest and easiest way is to follow these steps. [Figure-2]

- Sign into your Google analytics account.
- Click the little graph icon in the top left corner to display the list of accounts.
- In the list you will see the ID next to the account name.
Note: Your site will not be tracked unless the Property ID is entered.

The second option in this section is used if you want to verify that your are the site owner using the HTML Tag method. To get the Content Code just open up Webmaster Tools and then select Verifications Methods. Next choose HTML Tag from the options and lastly extract only the content code from between the inverted commas. Once you have your code set the Verify option to Yes and paste it into the Meta Tag Content field.

Once you have set up the Content Code you should be bale to go back to Webmaster Tools and verify that you are the website owner. [Figure-2]

Figure-2a

Advanced [Pro]

Pro subscribers also get some advanced option that covered in detail below.

The Tracking Area option controls if the analytic code is added to Site, Admin or Both pages. [Figure-3]

The Tracking Method has two options avaliable. The Standard method which ensures the script will be loaded and executed asynchronously on all browsers or the Alternative Async method which adds support for preloading which provides a performance boost on modern browsers. [Figure-3]

The Object Name option is used in cases where you'd like to add analytics code to your website, but the ga variable is already being used for something else. In these situations you can change the object name by entering an alternative. [Figure-3]

Note: In the majority of cases it's best to leave this option set to ga.

In some situation you may need IP Anonymization which will anonymize the IP address of the hit sent to Google Analytics. This maybe for example due to local law requirements in these cases you can set this option to Yes. [Figure-3]

To make the code snippet easier to identify it is surrounded by following opening and closing tags.

<!-- CoalaWeb Google Analytics --><!-- End CoalaWeb Google Analytics -->

If you prefer not to display these tags you can set this option to No. [Figure-3]

Figure-3

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Written by Steven Palmer Monday, 09 October 2017 Posted in Extensions, Analytics

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