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How to activate Google Analyticator on your WordPress site

This is the return screen to Google Analyticator, pasting the authentication code from Google Analytics (click to enlarge)

A few weeks ago, some changes at Google meant our favourite WordPress/Google Analtyics plugin became partially broken.

Google Analyticator is the workhorse of our plugin fleet because it not only embeds the Google Analytics code into your WordPress website easily, it also displays a 30 day snapshot of key analytics on your administration dashboard.

During the last few weeks, it was the dashboard snapshot that was broken (everything else worked fine) which just meant you had a choice of logging into your Google Analytics account to check your stats or taking up our suggestion of using SlimStat as a complementary measure.

However, the good news is that the developers of the plugin have quickly recoded the plugin to jump the new hurdles that Google had placed in their way and we can once again ‘have our analytics cake and read it too’.

There are ten simple steps to get this up and running on your site.

How to set up Google Analyticator on your WordPress website:

  1. In the same browser that you have WordPress open in, go to google.com/analytics and either log in to your account or create a new one. Leave this tab open.
  2. Back in your WordPress tab, install Google Analyticator from the Plugins>Add New section in your administration area
  3. Go to Settings>Google Analytics which will open the Activation screen
  4. Click the link called Click Here
  5. This will force a pop up window to appear where you should be asked to Allow Access for Google Analyticator to your Google Analytics account
  6. It will then give you a long code to copy. Select it all and click CTRL + C or right click and choose Copy
  7. Close the pop up window
  8. Back in your WordPress admin screen, paste your activation (or authentication)  code and click Save and Continue
  9. You will then be on the settings screen for Analyticator where you can just make sure logging is Enabled in the top box, scroll to the bottom and click Save Changes. Of course, you can work through all the other settings and choose particular settings based on your specific needs.
  10. Go back to your Dashboard and you will find a Google Analytics Summary box which you can click and drag to reposition it where you prefer it to be.

NOTE: If you happen to get an error message in the Summary, just refresh or reload your window. The developers are working with Google on this.

Now you can track your site traffic from the convenience of your Dashboard once again.

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