This article discusses several ways you can use Google Analytics with a Joomla site.
Google Analytics provides detailed statistics about visitor traffic to your site. To use Google Analytics with Joomla (or with any other type of site), you must first sign up for a Google Analytics account at http://www.google.com/analytics and obtain a unique Tracking ID.
After you have set up a Google Analytics account and have the Tracking ID for your site, you can configure it for Joomla. There are two ways to do this:
There are numerous extensions that enable you to configure Google Analytics for a Joomla site, and they all function in essentially the same way—all you have to do is specify your Tracking ID, and the extension takes care of the rest.
Here are some popular Google Analytics extensions for Joomla:
Extensions are convenient, but they also carry processing overhead with them that can affect site performance. If you prefer not to use an extension, you can edit the Joomla template directly to enable Google Analytics for your site.
To enable Google Analytics by editing the template, follow these steps:
For more information about Google Analytics, please visit http://www.google.com/analytics.