Getting started with Google Analytics web analytics service

As you may have heard, Google is discontinuing Urchin, therefore the Urchin analytics service for Cloud Sites will be phased out.  A popular alternative is the FREE Google Analytics™ web analytics service.  Here is a step-by-step walkthrough on how to sign up for this service.

  • First, go to the Google Analytics site to get started.  Sign in using your existing Google account, or create a new account if you do not already have one.


  • Click on the Sign Up button where it says 'Start using Google Analytics'.


  • Enter the Account Name that you would like to use for your website.  When entering your website URL you will have the option for monitoring an http site or a secure https site.  Enter your local time zone, and choose your Data Sharing preferences. You can change these at a later time, if you wish.


  • Accept the User Agreement and click Create Account.

  • When your account is created, you will be provided with a code snippet allowing Google Analytics to track data from your site.  Copy and paste the following tracking code (from Google's developer site) to the pages you wish to track.
    <script type="text/javascript">
      var _gaq = _gaq || [];
      _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-XXXXX-X']);
      (function() {
        var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
        ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '';
        var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
  • Give Google Analytics web analytics service approximately 12-24 hours to begin reporting traffic analytics data for your website.


Additional Resources 

Google Analytics Documentation

Wordpress plugins for Google Analytics:

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google Analyticator

Google Analytics Modules:



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