How to Install Clicky Web Analytics on WordPress

How to Install Clicky Web Analytics on WordPress

I have been meaning to install Clicky — a new Web analytics service that competes with services such as Google Analytics and Mint — for some time. While Google Analytics can tell you just about everything you could ever want to know about your website’s traffic, Clicky allows you to see extended information that sounds interesting to me. I’ll be discussing these features in greater detail when I publish my full review, but the primary things that encouraged me to try Clicky are:

  • You can see your website’s traffic statistics in real time rather than at the end of the day
  • You can see exactly what individual users do when they visit your website. This can give you a much better idea of whether your website’s design is producing the desired traffic flow.

Clicky has plenty of other goodies to offer, but those features alone encouraged me to give the service a try. You can use Clicky free on one website that receives up to 3,000 daily pageviews. More than that, and you’ll need to pay for the service. The for-pay version starts at $29.99 per year — or $4.99 per month — and tracks statistics for up to three websites with up to 10,000 daily pageviews. All new accounts get to try the for-pay version free for 21 days.

These instructions will help you sign up and install Clicky on your website. I’ll provide general instructions for all WordPress users and specific instructions for people who use Elegant Themes. Lastly, if you use WPTouch to generate a mobile version of your website for smartphones, I’ll provide installation help there as well. Let’s get started!

Note: after you finish installing the tracking code for Clicky, I highly recommend starting with the “Big Screen” link at the top of your Clicky account page. This single-screen tool provides an overview of the activities on your website in real time and is one of Clicky’s most impressive features. This screen updates itself, making it perfect for outputting to a second monitor.

Clicky Big Screen Mode

Clicky's Big Screen view

Register

  1. Go to the Clicky website in your browser and click Register Now.
  2. Provide the requested information including your name, email address, desired user name, desired password and the address of the website you want to track. Click Register. This brings you to your user profile page.
  3. Configure your time zone information and click Submit. This displays the Clicky tracking code for your website. Continue to the next section unless you use Elegant Themes — if you do, skip down to the following section for a much faster way to install the tracking code.

Install Clicky on WordPress

  1. Log in to the /wp-admin section of your website. Open the Plugins section and click Add New.
  2. Search for the plugin Clicky by Yoast.
  3. Click Install Now, OK and Activate Plugin.
  4. Click the link next to Clicky is almost ready at the top of the page. If you don’t see the link — it minimizes itself after several seconds — scroll down and click the Settings link under Clicky for WordPress.
  5. Return to the Clicky website in another browser tab and click your user name in the upper-left corner of the page.
  6. Click the domain name of your website.
  7. Click the Preferences link at the top of the menu bar. This screen displays three alphanumeric codes: your Site ID, your Site Key and your Admin Site Key.
  8. Copy all three codes into the fields at the top of the Clicky plugin configuration page.
  9. Click the Ignore Admin Users check box if you do not want Clicky to display tracking information for your own activity on your website.
  10. Click Update Clicky Settings. You’re done — your website’s traffic is now being tracked. If you have installed WPTouch to create a mobile version of your website, skip down to that section.

Install Clicky With Elegant Themes

While the method above works perfectly fine even if you use Elegant Themes, my personal preference is to add code directly to my website whenever possible rather than using a plugin. Elegant Themes makes that process simple; you can decide which method you prefer.

  1. Click the name of your website on the Clicky Dashboard page if you are not viewing the tracking code page already. Click the Preferences link at the top, and then click Tracking Code below.
  2. Click Asynchronous Tracking Code and copy the code in the box below, leaving out the </body> and </html> tags; these tags are just for reference.
  3. Open the /wp-admin section of your website and click (Theme Name) Theme Options under the Appearance heading on the left side. This brings you to the Elegant Themes ePanel.
  4. Click the Integration tab on the left side of the menu.
  5. Paste the Clicky tracking code into the Add code to the body box.
  6. Click Save at the bottom of the page. If you use the WPTouch plugin to support mobile phones, continue to the final section.

Note: When installing the Clicky code manually, you may want to leave out the following code, as it places a Clicky logo at the bottom of every page:

<a title=”Real Time Analytics” href=”http://getclicky.com/(number)”><img alt=”Real Time Analytics” src=”//static.getclicky.com/media/links/badge.gif” border=”0″ /></a>

Install Clicky With WPTouch

  1. Copy the asynchronous tracking code to the Windows clipboard (see the previous section).
  2. Open the /wp-admin section of your WordPress website and click WPTouch under the Settings heading on the left side.
  3. Scroll down to the Stats & Custom Code section and paste the code into the field.
  4. Click Save Options at the bottom of the page.


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