Using Google Analytics

Google Analytics is another free service offered by Google. It generates detailed statistics about a website’s traffic, giving the site owner an insight on how popular their site and its pages are; and helping him/her decides what web marketing strategies to take.

eDirectory is Google Analytics-ready. For you to be able to integrate it in your site, you should sign up for a Google Analytics account. Once you have it, poor performing pages can be identified, and you will be able to track where site visitors came from, how long they stayed and their geographical position.

To know more about Google Analytics, click here.

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To enable Google Analytics, do the following:

  1. Begin by signing in Google Analytics’ official website. Use your Gmail login access to do so. After clicking on the Sign in button, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  2. Click on the Sign Up button and fill out all the necessary forms.
  3. After the whole signing-up procedure, you will be provided with a Tracking code as shown below:

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    You do not need to get the entire Tracking Code. The Account ID shown in the highlighted area (e.g., UA-104384-1) is the only information that we will be asking from you.

  4. Sign in to your Site Manager account and go to Google Settings > Google Analytics on the left navigation panel. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  5. In the Google Analytics Account box, input the Account ID that you acquired in Step 4.
  6. In the Google Analytics Options, select the location/s where you like to integrate the Google Analytics (e.g., Front, Members, and Sitemgr).
  7. Click on the Submit button.

    DOCUMENTATION_CONVENTIONS_img1Once you have correctly enabled Google Analytics, you should wait up to 24 hours for data to appear in your Analytics account. If it has been more than this given span of time since you enabled it, then we advise you to sign in your account to start viewing your website’s Profiles and Analytics Reports (image shown below).

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Using Google Maps API

By using the Google Maps API, it is possible to embed the full Google Maps into any website. Google Maps is an application that offers web mapping service. It has built-in street maps of numerous countries that can serve as a route planner for those wanting to travel by foot, by car or by public transport.

eDirectory uses the Google Maps API to provide the site visitors an easy means of visualizing the geographic location on where their desired products or services can be found.

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You are a site visitor, and you are browsing the listings by the category “Auto”. You are currently in the page shown below:

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By referring to the Map found in this page, you are able to visualize where the product “Donna Auto Parts” is located. You clicked on the Listing Title to see the Detail View (image shown below) and you are provided with a more specific Map Location of the product.

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Maps, like the ones shown in the example above are only available in listings (including promotions), events, and classified under Showcase level.

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To set the Google Maps API, do the following:

  1. Go to Google Maps API’s official website and look for the area shown below:

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  2. If you agree with the terms and conditions, check the option.
  3. Type your website URL in the box provided.
  4. Click on the Generate API Key button. After doing this, you will be given a Google Maps API Key as shown below:

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  5. Sign in to your Site Manager account and go to Google Settings > Google Maps on the left navigation panel. After doing this, a page will appear like the one shown below:

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  6. In the Google Maps Key box, input the key that you acquired in Step 4.
  7. Click on the Submit button.

In eDirectory version 7.0.15, the Site Manager can enable/disable the Google Maps feature without having to manually remove it on the code (image shown here). This provides the Site Manager a fast access should they choose to use Google maps or not.