analytics.js file to your server. Then the file is updated automagically using WordPress’ integrated wp_cron() function.
How to Optimize Analytics in WordPress?
Why should I host analytics.js locally?
The Complete Analytics Optimization Suite for WordPress gives you the best of both worlds. After activation it automagically downloads the latest version of
Configure CAOS in WordPress
The basic configuration for CAOS is very easy. The basic settings are required for proper functioning of the plugin.
Enter your Google Analytics Tracking ID,
- For GDPR Compliance, decide when you want to allow tracking…
- Choose ‘Always’ if your blog doesn’t need to show a Cookie Notice or if you’ve configured Google Analytics to only collect anonymous data,
- Choose ‘when cookie is set’ or ‘when cookie has a value’ if you want to configure CAOS with a Cookie Notice.
- Decide where you want to load the generated tracking code…
- Choose ‘Header’ for best performance. Because the tracking code is loaded before the rest of the page, you’re sure that all visitor data can be registered by Google Analytics,
- Choose ‘Add manually’ to maximize compatibility. If your theme or another plugin is preventing CAOS from adding the tracking code automatically, choose this option and copy the generated tracking code from the field underneath.
- Choose between the default (synchonous, i.e. render blocking) tracking code or the asynchronous tracking code.
- If you haven’t already, remove any other previously installed Google Analytics plugins or manually inserted tracking code from your WordPress installation.
To tailor CAOS to your needs you can use the Advanced Settings. None of these are required settings and are strictly meant for advanced (WordPress) users.
- CAOS does not offer an Analytics Dashboard for WordPress or Enhanced Commerce tags/events. To implement these features, CAOS is fully compatible with Monster Insights, Analytify, WooCommerce GA Integration and ExactMetrics.
- Enable Stealth Mode to bypass Ad Blockers and secure Google Analytics’ accuracy.
- Choose to download
analytics.jstogether. Need help choosing?
- Set a ‘Cookie Expiry Period‘ if you want to let the Google Analytics-cookie expire after a set number of days.
- You can use the ‘adjusted bounce rate‘ if you want to filter out e.g. visitors that close their browser window within a set number of seconds. This can be useful if you offer short snippets of information on your blog that don’t trigger a user to continue reading other pages, such as StackOverflow.
- Expert Level: Disable all Display Features if you want to force disable any remarketing purposes set in your Google Analytics Dashboard.
- In some countries it is required to Anonymize the IP Address of your visitors e.g. Germany. For GDPR Compliance you should enable this option if you live in such a country.
- Expert Level: For testing purposes you could enable tracking logged in Administrators. Be warned that this can seriously alter your Analytics statistics.
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