Google Analytics WD – user-friendly Google Analytics integration plugin

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This is a versatile website tracking tool, that will help you easily bring your Google Analytics reports to the WordPress dashboard. This user friendly plugin will help you get up to date reports on your website performance , compare metrics, track and monitor targeted user activities. The plugin adds a comprehensive and easy to read dashboard to your WordPress admin panel, where you can track and control everything that's going on your website. In addition to the pre-built Analytics reports, the plugin lets you obtain custom reports on various metrics and dimensions, as well as provides eCommerce, Adsense and Adwords reports. The reports come in comprehensive charts with possibility to export in PDF or CSV formats.The plugin is a certified member of the Google Analytics Technology Partners Program, so its seamless performance is guaranteed.

Benefits

  • Control – With the wide range of the available data you can track and monitor everything on your website, from site audience and traffic, to ecommerce stats. You can also compare data for specific periods and see the progress you've made.
  • Improve your site performance and rankings – Using the data from the reports you can significantly improve your site performance and help it get better rankings. Track your pageviews and offer content that your visitors actually like.
  • Centralized dashboard – All your reports, including the custom analytics reports and Adsense, Adwords and eCommerce stats, are available from the plugin's reporting page, right in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Comprehensive reports – provides comprehensive colorful reports in charts and columns, which are easy to read and analyze. The reports can be exported to different file formats, or sent to multiple recipients via email.
  • Customization – You can set data filters and tracking exclusions to filter out specific data or activities from specific users. Just track data that actually matters to you.
  • Minimal effort – It will require you just a couple of clicks to set-up the analytics plugin, add the tracking code, and start tracking data.
  • Timely Support- The team provides timely and effective support to all its users. We keep standards high and response time low.

What’s in it

ANALYTICS DASHBOARD

The overview report page in the plugin called "Analytics Dashboard", allows users to quickly grasp general data of their website stats. The Analytics Dashboard gives provides real time information on site visitors, audience stats, including new and returning visitors, page views, session duration and more. You can also check out what browsers your visitors used and locations your visitors come from.

METRIC COMPARISON

Metrics comparison lets you compare two metrics on a single graph within a specified date range. Apart from comparing two different metrics, you can also choose to track one specific metric during two different date periods.

CUSTOM DIMENSIONS (Premium version)

You can track custom dimensions in the analytics plugin and get reports for logged in users, specific post types, post authors, category, tags, post publication month and year.

CUSTOM REPORTS (Premium version)

You can configure custom reports on any metric and dimension of your choice, and view the relevant reports from the plugin's reporting page. Custom reports can be set for tracking with any possible combinations of metric and dimension.

ECOMMERCE REPORTS (Premium version)
If you're running an ecommerce website, you can keep track of your sales statistics by revenues, transactions, products and performance under the reporting page of the plugin .

GOAL MANAGEMENT

The analytics plugin allows you to set and manage goals to track specific user interactions on your website. There are different types of goals you can set,such as duration, destination and pages/screens per session, each of the goals coming with their own set of options to choose. An example of a goal can be visiting a specific page, or having your visitors stay on a page for a certain amount of time. You can set as many goals as you want.

GOOGLE ADSENSE AND ADWORDS REPORTS (Premium version)

Link your Adsense and Adwords accounts to your Google Analytics account and check the relevant reports directly on your website dashboard .

MULTIPLE CHART TYPES

The Plugin made data reporting and analyzing easy. The reports are responsive and come with comprehensive pie, line or column charts.

FRONTEND REPORTS

Frontend reports let you display tracking results to the selected users in the frontend.

USER AND ROLE PERMISSIONS

Select the roles and users having access to Analytics reports in the WordPress dashboard and frontend reports.

TRACKING EXCLUSIONS (Premium version)

Tracking exclusions will help you exclude the activities of specific users and roles, such as admins, authors or subscribers, from the reports. Any activities or interactions from these users or roles will be excluded from the reports .

ALERTS AND PUSHOVER NOTIFICATIONS (Premium version)

You can get daily, weekly or monthly alerts and Pushover notifications about highest or lowest number of Sessions, Users, Bounces or Session Durations on your website.The alerts are easy to set up.

SETTINGS/CUSTOMIZATION

*Some customizations described here are available in Premium version. Please refer to premium features below.

The plugin adds the Google Analytics tracking code to your website and brings all your site stats into your dashboard.The plugin has a user friendly admin section, where you can configure tracking options, view the preset and custom configured reports, set tracking filters and exclusions, and configure the plugin settings. The reporting section of the plugin provides an extensive data information about pretty much any activity taking place on your website. You can customise Analytics options under the settings tab of the plugin. Here you can configure alerts and the Pushover notifications by setting alert conditions and choosing the period for receiving alerts. From the same section you can set tracking filters by country, region, city or IP address. Data from these sources will be filtered out from the reports. For more advanced users, there are advanced setting options, to enable cross domain tracking,enable frontend/backend reports for posts and pages, choose roles for viewing frontend reports, and many more.

Under the goals management tab you can set and configure different goal types,and track targeted activities. To configure custom reports you'll need to choose the metric and the dimension you want to get a report for. It will appear under the reports section shortly.
There are many more features in the plugin that can help you dive deep into the statistics, monitor your site's performance and actually improve it. To learn more, check out the plugin's user guide.

Premium version adds

  • Analytics reports on Demographics, Interests, Geo, Behavior, Technology, Mobile, Site content, Site Speed, Events, Goals.

  • Tracking Custom Dimensions: Logged in, Post type, Author, Category, Tags, Published Month, Published Year.

  • Custom Reports with any possible configurations of metric and dimension.

  • Six Ecommerce tracking reports based on: Time to Purchase, Transaction ID, Sales Performance, Product SKU, Product Category, Product Name.

  • Link and track your Google AdSense and Google AdWords accounts.

  • Alerts and Pushover notifications to monitor any changes in your website traffic.

  • Set tracking exclusions based on WordPress roles and users.

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Installation

Installation of Google Analytics WD from WordPress Dashboard

  • Log in to WordPress administrative panel of your website.
  • Go to Plugins > Add New and click Upload Plugin button from the top.
  • Press "Choose file" button and select the downloaded .zip package of the plugin.
  • Click "Install Now".

Installation with FTP connection

  • Connect to your website server using an FTP client software, e.g. FileZilla.
  • Open the directory containing the files of your WordPress site and navigate to /wp-content/plugins folder.
  • Unzip the plugin installation folder and upload it to /wp-content/plugins directory, without modifying files.
  • Login to administrative panel of your WordPress site and go to "Plugins" page.
  • Find the plugin and click "Activate" button.

FAQ

Installation Instructions

Installation of Google Analytics WD from WordPress Dashboard

  • Log in to WordPress administrative panel of your website.
  • Go to Plugins > Add New and click Upload Plugin button from the top.
  • Press "Choose file" button and select the downloaded .zip package of the plugin.
  • Click "Install Now".

Installation with FTP connection

  • Connect to your website server using an FTP client software, e.g. FileZilla.
  • Open the directory containing the files of your WordPress site and navigate to /wp-content/plugins folder.
  • Unzip the plugin installation folder and upload it to /wp-content/plugins directory, without modifying files.
  • Login to administrative panel of your WordPress site and go to "Plugins" page.
  • Find the plugin and click "Activate" button.
How can I connect the plugin to my Google Analytics account?

Click on Analytics menu item, which will start Google Analytics account authorization process. Click Authenticate button and login to your Google account.

A window asking for relevant permissions will appear. Click Allow and copy the authentication code from the text input. You will be redirected to plugin’s Tracking page.

Here you can add a web property on your Analytics account using current WordPress website. Provide a Name for the property and click Add. You can check and manage web properties from your Analytics account, Admin page.

Alternatively, you can click Later and configure the web property any other time.

You can Reauthenticate in Settings section anytime in case you need to use a different Google account to monitor Analytics tracking.

What reports can I see in the plugin?

The plugin enables you to view various analytics reports from your WordPress dashboard, including the following:

Audience. Report of your website audience. Provides details about new and returning users of your website, sessions, bounces, pageviews, page/sessions and session durations.

Real Time. Shows the number of active users visiting your website pages at that second.

Demographics. Displays tracking statistics of your website users based on their age and gender.

Interests. Provides tracking information about site users depending on Affinity Categories (e.g. Music Lovers or Mobile Enthusiasts), In-Market Segments (based on online product purchase interests) and Other Categories (most specific identification, for example, tennis lovers among Sports Fans).

Geo. Geo-identifier report is built from interactions of location (countries, cities) and language of your website users.

Behavior. Compares number of New visitors and Returning users of your website in percents. You can check the duration of sessions with Engagement report.

Technology. Identifies tracking of the site based on operating systems and browsers visitors use.

Mobile. Shows statistics of mobile and desktop devices visitors have used while interacting with your website.

Custom Dimensions. Reports of Custom Dimensions you have added will be displayed under this tab. Step-by-step guide for the setup is in Custom Dimensions section of this guide.

Traffic Source. Displays overall graph of traffic sources directing to your website.

AdWords. If your website is registered on Google AdWords, you can link its Analytics to AdWords, and gather relevant tracking information with this report.

Pages. Pages report table will provide you information about Bounces, Entrances, Pageviews, Unique Pageviews, time spent on pages, Exits and Average page loading time.

Site Speed. Shows the average load time of your website during specified date range.

Events. Displays the report based on Events you set up on Analytics of your website. Graphs are built based on Event Labels, Categories and Actions.

Goals. Set Goals from Goal Management and review their reports under this tab. Instructions to set up goals will be provided in Goal Management section of this guide.

Ecommerce. Check sales statistics of your website by revenues, transactions, products and performance.

AdSense. Link your Analytics and AdSense accounts from Admin settings and keep track of AdSense tracking under this report.

Custom Reports. Add Custom Reports from any metric and dimension in Custom Reports page, and view relevant tracking information in this tab.

How can I add a custom report in the plugin?

Besides the built-in report types, the plugin also provides the functionality to configure Custom Reports and view related statistics within Reports page.

Start with providing a Name for your Custom Report. Then select a Metric and Dimension, based on which the statistics will be built.

For example, you can select Organic Searches as the metric and Keyword as the dimension. This custom setup will let you have a report based on the keywords, which visitors use to find your website with search engines.

You can view and manage created Custom Reports on the same page. The list will appear with a table under options of Custom Reports.

Can I export the reports from the analytics plugin?

You can export current report to CSV and PDF formats. Hover on Export button and click one of the options to download your analytics report.

Moreover, the same report can be sent via email to one or more recipients which you specify. The mails can be sent one time, as well as periodically. Click the Email button to start the setup. A popup window will appear with the following options:

From. This is the email address, from which the report will be sent. It is the address you defined for your Administrator account, and it can be changed from WordPress Settings > General > Email Address option.

To. Determine the recipients of the report email by providing their email addresses separated by commas.

Subject. Write a subject for the email. It is set to the report title by default, but you can modify it and have a customized title.

Attachment. Pick the type of the attachment for your report. It can be sent as a CSV or a PDF file.

Frequency. Set the frequency for sending out report emails. The following options are available:

  • Once. The report is sent only one time.
  • Daily. The email is sent each day.
  • Weekly. Chose this option to send the report every week. Make sure to set the day of the week, when the email will be sent.
  • Monthly. Set the reports to be sent every month. Select the day of the month, when the email will be sent.

Additional Message. You can add any e-mail content to go along with your Analytics report.

The scheduled e-mails can be deleted from Settings > Emails page of the plugin.

Can I set goals in the plugin?

Goals in Google Analytics lets you track targeted activities, which users complete on your website. A completed activity is called conversion. You can set visiting a certain page as a goal, for example, or have users stay on your website a certain period of time. Other examples of goals can be checkout for a shopping site, and setting a certain number of pageviews per session.

You can set and manage goals for your website tracking in Google Analytics WD > Goal Management page. Note, that Goals configured with the plugin are set only to the domain on which the plugin is installed.

Select the View that you're going to track and configure the following options based on the type of goal you would like to set:

Provide a Name for the goal and choose its Type from one of the following:

Destination. Set a specific URL for the goal, for example, your ecommerce website shop page. When a user visits it, it will be counted as a goal conversion. You can set the destination using one of these conditions:

  • Equals to. Should be the exact URL of the page you are using to set the goal.
  • Begins with. Mentions the beginning of the tracked page link.
  • Regular expression. This option will search all the visited links with the specified Regular Expression. E.g., if you set it to \btest\b, and users visit URLs which contain "test", this will be considered as a conversion.

Duration. Determine the time period, during which you need users to stay on your website to complete the goal. Goals of this type are controlled with less than and greater than conditions.

Pages/Screens per session. Choose the number of page/screen views per session, and set the goal using less than and greater than conditions.

How can I link my AdSense and AdWords accounts to the plugin?

AdSense

If you have an authorized account on Google AdSense, you can link it to Google Analytics and view its tracking information among plugin reports.

Open your Google Analytics account, choose the account you want to link with AdSense and navigate to Admin tab. You will see AdSense Linking option under Product Linking settings. Open AdSense Linking and click on New AdSense Link button.

Afterwards choose the necessary AdSense account you'd like to link with your Google Analytics, then click Continue. Choose the views, where you would like to have AdSense data. The accounts will be connected after clicking Enable Link and then Done.

AdWords

Firstly make sure you have a AdWords account, or create one here. Open your Google Analytics account, choose the website you are tracking and go to Admin. Click on Adwords Linking from Product Linking settings.

After toolbox opens, make sure all the necessary AdWords accounts are marked as checked and click Continue. Provide Link group title and click Link Accounts after enabling necessary link groups for AdWords Tracking. Related tracking reports will appear on your Reports page automatically.

Reviews

Great tool for GA and great WebDorado support!

Google Analytics by WD is indeed a very user friendly plugin for GA.
And the support by the WD team is even better – even using the free version I got great and very fast and responsive support by the WD team, especially from Mariam Dabaghyan as my primary support contact. Emails got answered in less than 24 hours and my issue got resolved.

nice plugin

Nice plugin with a lot of tuning.
The helpdesk is really great : full support and willing to find a solution

refused to deactivate

First, you have to select a reason to deactivate. Then, after selecting a reason, it failed to deactivate. Manually deleted it via FTP.

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Contributors & Developers

“Google Analytics WD – user-friendly Google Analytics integration plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Ændringslog

1.1.8

  • Changed: Changed: Introducing brand new free plugin: SEO by 10Web.

1.1.7

  • Changed: Deactivation popup.

1.1.6

  • Added: Links to Reviews and Support Forum

1.1.5

  • Fixed: PHP 5.4.0 compatibility

1.1.4

  • Fixed: Compatibility issues with Constant Contact Forms, Updraftplus, Image Optimizer WD, Backup WD and some other plugins
  • Fixed: JS errors on page/post editor
  • Fixed: Old user account data partially preserved after reauthorization and uninstall

1.1.3

  • Fixed: Empty settings page when plugin has token but accounts data lost for some reason
  • Changed: Show notification to install Backup WD plugin only on plugin pages.

1.1.2

  • Fixed: Conflict with some other plugins using Google API PHP library
  • Fixed: Unable to authorize again after logout
  • Fixed: JS errors on page/post editor if user not authenticated
  • Change: Introducing Backup WD plugin

1.1.1

  • Fixed: Reports for pages/posts in metabox
  • Fixed: Multiple requests to Web-Dorado API for updates (Pro)
  • Fixed: Multiple requests to Google Analytics API for management accounts
  • Fixed: PHP 5.4.0 compatibility
  • Changed: WD library initialization

1.1.0

  • Changed: Improved UX of authentication
  • Changed: Google API PHP Client library updated to the latest 2.2.0 version
  • Changed: WD library updated to version 1.0.10
  • Fixed: Fatal errors when WordPress could not establish secure connection with Google Analytics API
  • Fixed: VanillaJS tracking code instead of jQuery
  • Fixed: Escaping of custom tracking code
  • Fixed: PHP notices in pages without global $post variable

1.0.21

  • Fixed: Network activation

1.0.20

  • Fixed: Admin styles conflict because of bootstrap.css

1.0.19

  • Changed: Show web-property-related message only in analytics page
  • Fixed: Style conflict with jquery-ui.css
  • Fixed: Error on PHP4

1.0.18

  • Fixed: Bug on city/pageview report

1.0.17

  • Added: Overview page
  • Removed: Featured Plugins, Featured Themes pages

1.0.16

  • Fixed: Bug on pagePath
  • Changed: Message about deleted web property

1.0.15

  • Fixed: Bug on date picker
  • Changed: Improved error handling
  • Added: New featured plugins

1.0.14

  • Fixed: Analytics back end menu position conflict
  • Fixed: Bug on deleted property check
  • Added: Error log

1.0.13

  • Fixed: Bug on Custom code option in tracking

1.0.12

  • Fixed: Bug on report by individual post/page

1.0.11

  • Added: Custom code option in tracking

1.0.10

  • Fixed: Bug on sending a report to an email once
  • Changed: New logo in dashboard menu and notices
  • Fixed: Width issue with some reports

1.0.9

  • Added: Option to select the time of the day for scheduled emails
  • Changed: Save authenticate code with enter button
  • Changed: Select permissions for user groups in a pop-up (Settings page)
  • Fixed: minor bugs

1.0.8

  • Added: Google Analytics reports for custom post types
  • Added: New icon in the menu
  • Added: New header on WordPress.org
  • Fixed: JS error on creating new pages/posts

1.0.7

  • Fixed: Bug in Site Content reports

1.0.6

  • Fixed: User guide links
  • Fixed: Bug on datepicker
  • Fixed: Error when deleting the web property
  • Added: Validation on the form for adding goals

1.0.5

  • Fixed: PHP version conflict
  • Added: Pro flags about additional functionality available in Pro version
  • Added: Explanation texts and links to documentation on several pages

1.0.4

  • Fixed: Unauthenticate issue
  • Fixed: Errors for php version < 5.3

1.0.3

  • Fixed: Front reports permissions
  • Fixed: Analytics menu
  • Fixed: Redirect to settings page if no profile added

1.0.2

  • Changed: Site speed and Sales performance reports sorting

1.0.1

  • Changed: Reports default sorting

1.0.0

  • Initial version