Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What to know before you start this course, part of WordPress Plugins: Analytics (2014).
In this course we'll be looking at three advanced web analytics applications, and how you can integrate them into your self-hosted WordPress site using three different plugins. Before we get started it's therefore important that you have a functioning self-hosted WordPress site live on the web to work with, and that you know all the basics of how to set up and configure a WordPress site and install plugins. If this is the first time you are using WordPress, or you need a refresher on how to use this application, I encourage you to go checkout my WordPress essential training course, right here in the lynda.com library.
This course will walk you through the process of setting up and configuring a WordPress site and will also show you how to create new posts, organize your content and master the WordPress backend. And most importantly, it will show you how to install plug-ins and also integrate plug-ins with other services. Because most web analytics solutions including two of the three we're going to cover in this course, require your site to be live and accessible on the web. You should also go check out the installing and running WordPress share hosting course, also in the lynda.com library.
This course walks you through the process of setting up and installing WordPress on a shared host, so that's it's actually live to the web. The other reason why you want to watch this course in particular is that it walks you through the process of publishing a new application into your shared hosting account. And towards the end of the course, we'll look at a self-hosted analytics application known as Piwik. And you have to install Piwik into your share hosting account just like you installed WordPress itself. That means both moving files from your computer to the server using FTP and also setting up a MySQL database and database users.
And then hook Piwik, the application, to the new database before we can hook Piwik to the WordPress site. So having a clear understanding of how to do that process is important. And that entire process is explained in this course. Installing and running WordPress Shared Hosting. So with a functioning self hosted WordPress site live on the web, and the WordPress essential training, and installing and running WordPress shared hosting courses fresh in mind. Let's add some web analytics, to our WordPress site.
- Installing and activating the plugins
- Configuring settings
- Connecting to a Google Analytics account
- Setting up Piwik on your server
- Viewing stats