Posted by: SEO Positive

Posted on: August 26, 2011 2:13 pm

-

Google Analytics is an essential tool that all website owners should at least be aware of, analytics allows you to track a lot of information about your site, it informs you of all the activities that a user carries out, for example, where they directed from and how long they stayed on the site.

How to Create a Google Analytics Account

To create a Google Analytics account, you will need a Google account this doesn’t mean you need to create a Gmail account, simply go to http://www.google.co.uk and on the top right hand side of the screen you will see a sign in button.

Google

After you have clicked on the sign in button you will be taken to a page that looks like this:

create google acc

Once you have clicked the Create Account Button, you will be sent to a details page, fill out your details that you would like to use, remember creating a Google account and using analytics is completely free. I suggest that you use the same email address and other details that you use for the business or webpage that you are setting up your analytics for, however if you have multiple business’ then you could use any email address or create multiple Google accounts.

Google Details

After you have filled out the form, it will send you to a page that confirms your account creation. You then need to go back to Google’s home page and again go to the sign in button. Your account should already be in the username section so just add your password and you should then be sent to a page like this:

Google Confirm

Click on the verify button then go to your inbox and look for a message from “account-verification-noreply@google.com”. In the email you receive it will say “Welcome to Google Accounts. To activate your account and verify your email address, please click the following link:” if you click the link directly below it will take you to a page that looks similar to this:

Account Google

So now you have your Google account all set up, we must move to setting up the analytics account.

How to Create Your Analytics Account

Visit the Analytics site: http://www.google.com/analytics/ and click the sign up button which is located on the left hand side:

Google Analytics

You will then be taken to a login page, just enter your email address and password for the Google account you just created, then you will be directed to a sign up page, just click the sign up button on the bottom left hand side. Once you have been directed again, you are shown a form for your analytics account, it is essential that you enter all information correctly as any mistakes will affect your analytics results and may even cause it not to work.

Google Analytics Details

You will then have to enter your full name and agree to Google’s Terms and Conditions, after you have done that you will be directed to a page showing the tracking code for your analytics, but the way I will show you how to add analytics to you site, you will not need this code. You will need another code. So click onto the save and finish button.

Analytics Codes

Adding Analytics to Your Site

Log onto your Content Management System, yours could be a WordPress, Joomla or Create however there are many more. Once logged in look for a an edit site information tab, once on here look for Google analytics and add the UA code, If your CMS does not have this, then there will be a plug in available, make sure to check ratings and so on to see if the plug in is functional and users are satisfied with the plug in. Install your chosen plug in into your CMS, follow the instructions and add your UA number to the plug in.

Checking Your Analytics

Google Analytics should take no longer than 72 hours to register, but the majority of the time it is done quicker, to check your analytics, simply visit: the analytics home page, the account overview page will show very brief information, but clicking the report button will show you much more in-depth information.

Posted by: SEO Positive

Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:10 am

-

At SEO Positive, we have started to roll more and more sites out based on the Joomla engine. And recently we hit a wall with changing the suffix for SEO Purposes.

Joomla’s built in SEF (Search Engine Friendly) engine has a few nice features such as search engine friendly URL’s and adding a suffix to your paths.

But the default Joomla suffix is .html which you can’t change without some programming knowledge. So I’ve decided to write a tutorial on how to go about adding your very own suffix to Joomla in case you need something other than .html.

This is tested and works with Joomla Version 1.5.17 and may or may not work with older and future versions of Joomla.

To add your own suffix see the code below, I’ll explain what to do with it underneath.
(Note: You need to have Search Engine Friendly URL’s turned ON)

// open /includes/router.php and head to line 57
{
      if($suffix = pathinfo($path, PATHINFO_EXTENSION))
      {
             $path = str_replace('.'.$suffix, , $path);
             $vars['format'] = $suffix;
             if ($suffix == 'php') {
                    $path = str_replace('.'.$suffix, , $path);
                    $vars['format'] = 'html';
             } else {
                    $path = str_replace('.'.$suffix, , $path);
                    $vars['format'] = $suffix;
                   }
             }
       }
}

In my router.php this was line 57 (before any editing), you should see an if() statement something like the one below on line 56

if($app->getCfg('sef_suffix') && !(substr($path, -9) == 'index.php' || substr($path, -1) == '/'))

And what you have to do is replace from line 57 to 64 with the above code.

The next patch is on line 93, you need to replace from 93 to 99 with the below pasted code.

{
      if($format = $uri->getVar('format', 'php'))
      {
            $route .= '.php';
            $uri->delVar('format');
      }
}

Once you’ve done that and uploaded to your server you should see all your .html suffixes have changed to .php

I strongly recommend, if you have no programming knowledge, to ask a friend to help you with this. I have attached the source file to this post for reference and or use.

Patched router.php Download

Posted by: SEO Positive

Posted on: June 10, 2010 7:50 am

-

So there are many different content management systems available, each with there own pro’s and cons but today we are going to focus on the two largest PHP content management systems, Joomla (1.5+) and WordPress (2.8+)

At SEO Positive we use both of these to satisfy our clientele and even our own projects as they allow for quick development and total control over the content.

But which one should I use for my project?

This depends entirely on the goal of your project. Below we have outlined features of both CMS’

WordPress

  • Instant blogging
  • 1 minute to set up, with no knowledge of programming necessary
  • Instant theme installation
  • Search engines love WordPress
  • Stable platform with very few bugs/catches
  • Automatic plug in installation/updates and activation
  • 100% control over the theme’s layout/colours etc
  • JavaScript is jQuery powered

Joomla

  • Stable platform to build any large scale website on
  • Instant page creation
  • Menu management
  • Dedicated media manager (upload and download)
  • Fairly easy plug in installation/management
  • Instant theme installation
  • Nearly 100% control over the theme and all layouts and colours
  • JavaScript is powered by MooTools

They have a lot more features than the above mentioned ones, but I’m going to leave it there on that, if you still can’t decide what is best for your website perhaps I should explain a little more about them?

Joomla is a content management system, for building websites into. So being dedicated to a purpose would seem like a pro to add to the list, but it does come with its con’s. Joomla is technical to update and manage, with a complicated and sometimes confusing management area it can be tricky to get used to for anyone of a lesser technical mind where as WordPress is a blogging platform that happens to be fantastic for a quick website build with CMS. WordPress also has an incredibly easy to use management area, everything is laid out in a way that you can’t confuse and everything is labeled in a way you can’t find tricky.

Joomla stands trumps for large scale websites (30+ pages) and WordPress would suite more a smaller website (up to 30 pages) as it has no internal banner, footer or menu managers.

Joomla also stands up trumps with themes as you can use multiple themes throughout the site depending on what page your users are currently viewing/reading, with its banner, footer and menu managers and custom ‘modules’ feature there is nothing you can’t customise in Joomla and this wins it for us here at SEO Positive over WordPress as to build a bespoke website and give any client total control of there site we find Joomla perfect.

Authors
Categories
Archives
Blogroll