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Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

We at AMNH are interested in tracking usage statistics on our EMu web site. As EMu has no "out of the box" usage tracking capabilities, we're looking for a simple solution that we can implement on our own relatively quickly and easily. It has been suggested to us that our best approach might be to use Google Analytics. Does anyone here have any experience incorporating Google Analytics in their existing EMu web site to track visits, queries, records downloaded, etc? If so, I'd love to hear anything about it you care to share either on-list or off; ideally, thoughts on the advisability of going this route in the first place, and information about how to do implement it. Given our current level of expertise we would need some help incorporating Google Analytics into our site. (We have IT folk here at AMNH who might be able to lend a hand but they don't presently have anything to do with our EMu web site specifically, so our EMu folk would need to learn about usage tracking and our IT folk would need to learn about EMu.)

Of course if you think there's a better approach than Google Analytics or if there are informational resources out there I'm unaware of I'd appreciate hearing about that too.

Thanks!

Tom Trombone
Department of Ornithology
American Museum of Natural History
trombone@amnh.org

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Re: Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

Hi Tom,

We have added Google Analytics links for several customers using IMu.  Please feel free to log a support call, if you still need help with this.

Regards,
Deb


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Re: Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

Hi Deb,

Thanks; as it happens we do still need help with this. One question: our web interface was set up several years ago using what I believe were WEB 5 PHP objects which predated the IMu platform. It was my understanding that our web site would need to be rewritten in order to implement IMu. Would it be possible for support to help us implement Google Analytics with our current pre-IMu web site?

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Tom Trombone
AMNH Ornithology

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Re: Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

Hi Tom,

To be honest, I've only been in support here for 2 months, so I don't really know.  Can't find anything specific in our knowledge base about your situation.  My best response would be to contact the local support office in Toronto who, if they need more info, can bring in additional expertise to get your questions answered.

Sorry I can't be more specific.  I'm still learning the system.


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Re: Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

No worries, Deb, and welcome!

Tom

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Re: Tracking EMu web usage with Google Analytics?

Hi Tom,

The basic setup for Google Analytics is fairly simple.

You ask Google for a unique tracking id, and then put a JavaScript snippet on your webpage. Note that this is the same for any page using Google Analytics and is not EMu/IMu specific.
Google has a guide for it here:
https://developers.google.com/analytics … alyticsjs/

Some pages developed in IMu are single page applications, and there is additional information about dealing with that here:
https://developers.google.com/analytics … plications

Otherwise, I am not aware of any particular pitfalls in adding analytics to webpages that use either IMu or the PHP web objects.

Let us know if you have any further questions.

Karen Wong
Axiell Toronto

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Thanks, Karen, that's great to know. I will take a look at the links and also pass the information along to our web developers.

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