Grails Google Analytics Plugin

  • Tags: google
  • Latest: 2.3.3
  • Last Updated: 20 May 2014
  • Grails version: 2.0 > *
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Dependency:
compile ":google-analytics:2.3.3"

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Summary

Include google analytics script: Async, Traditional and Universal. Add custom vars

Installation

grails install-plugin google-analytics

From Grails 2.0

plugins {
	compile ":google-analytics:2.3.3"
}

Description

Introduction

This plugin provides a simple taglib to embed Google Analytics pageview tracking to your Grails application.

Usage

Add Web Property ID to Configuration

Add your Web Property ID to grails-app/config/Config.groovy:

google.analytics.webPropertyID = "UA-xxxxxx-x"

Add your list of Web Property ID to grails-app/config/Config.groovy for multiple accounts support:

google.analytics.webPropertyID = [ "UA-xxxxxx-x", "UA-xxxxxx-2", "UA-xxxxxx-3" ]

Setup your Web Property ID directly in tag (Always a Web Property ID must be configured in the Config.groovy)

<ga:trackPageview webPropertyID="UA-xxxxxx-x" />

Include Google Analytics tracking code to your page

Add the <ga:trackPageview /> tag to your view(s). If you want all your pages to include the tracking code, just add it to the main.gsp layout. As recommended by Google place this as last script in the <head> section.

<html>
    <head>
        ..
        <ga:trackPageview />
    </head>
    <body>
        ..
    </body>
</html>

Sensible Defaults

The plugin uses sensible defaults. By default, when adding <ga:trackPageview /> to your views/layouts, only running in production will output the tracking code. Thus not in development and test.

This behaviour can be overridden by explicitly enabling/disabling Google Analytics in Config.groovy.

google.analytics.enabled = true

or

google.analytics.enabled = false

Asynchronous vs. Traditional tracking code

Since version 1.0 of this plugin asynchronous tracking code is used by default when using <ga:trackPageview />. If you want to use the old traditional tracking code code instead add this to grails-app/config/Config.groovy:

google.analytics.traditional = true

For traditional tracking code, make sure you put the tag just before the closing </body> tag instead of in the <head> element.

<html>
    <head>
        ..
    </head>
    <body>
        ..
        <ga:trackPageview />
    </body>
</html>

Note that the plugin also offers <ga:trackPageviewAsynch /> and <ga:trackPageviewTraditional /> tags to use the type of tracking code explicitly. This is mainly for backwards compatibility as the <ga:trackPageviewAsynch /> was needed for asynchronous tracking code prior to version 1.0 of this plugin.

Universal Analytics tracking code

If you want to use the Universal Analytics tracking code use this tag. It support enabled by Config.groovy, get Web Property Id from Config.groovy or directly set as an attribute.

<ua:trackPageview />

Tracking Customizations

If you want to customize the tracking code you can either provide the customization in grails-app/config/Config.groovy or in the tag itself. The customization can be a String of javascript code or a smart List with tracking code. The examples below speak for themselves.

Simple String configuration in Config.groovy

google.analytics.customTrackingCode = "_gaq.push(['_setDetectFlash', false]); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']);"

Note that you have the _trackPageview manually when using any custom tracking code.

List configuration in Config.groovy

google.analytics.customTrackingCode = [
    [_setDetectFlash: false],
    [_setCampaignCookieTimeout: 31536000000],
    "_trackPageview"
]

Note that you can also provide a similar List to the tag itself as in the other example.

Custom code directly in tag

<ga:trackPageview customTrackingCode="_gaq.push(['_setDetectFlash', false]); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']);" />
OR for universal customizing tracker object
<ua:trackPageview customTrackingCode="ga('create', 'UA-123456-1', {'cookieDomain': 'foo.example.com','cookieName': 'myNewName','cookieExpires': 20000});" />

DEPRECATED: Custom to use Jquery for load GA when DOM is ready. Avoid bad position of ga tag ,such before css and JS making the site load with errors and slowly. (old version support, by default do not use dom ready)

grailsApplication.config.google.analytics.jQueryDomReady = true

Use GA custom vars

<ga:customVar slot="3" var_name="test" var_value="checking" scope="1" />
	<ga:customVar slot="4" var_name="test" var_value="wrong" scope="3" />

Use UA custom dimension

The custom dimension must be declared before the trackPageView for set it before the track page view is sent to UA
<ua:customDimension slot="3" dimension_value="someValue" />
	 <ua:trackPageView />

TO DO

*Improve custom vars, control slots usage...

Version History

  • 2.3.3
    • Added to Universal Analytics Custom Dimensions
    • Migrated namespace for Universal Analytics tag to ua instead ga
  • 2.3.2
    • Customizing Tracking object for universal tracking code
  • 2.3.1
    • Do not load more than once the main async script
  • 2.3.0
    • Added Universal Analytics Tracking support
  • 2.2.0
    • Support for a list of Web property ID in the Config.groovy
    • Support for set up the Web property ID in the tag(Always a Web Property ID must be configured in the Config.groovy)
    • Delete support for load tracking code when JqueryDom is ready
    • Delete support for add custom var when JqueryDom is ready
  • 2.1.1
    • Support for custom vars
    • Update main async tracking code
    • Support for load tracking code when JqueryDom is ready
    • Support for add custom var when JqueryDom is ready
  • 2.0
    • Remove log.warn of deprecated ConfigurationHolder
    • Upgraded to Grails 2.0.x
  • 1.0
    • Added support for customized tracking code
    • Asynch tracking code is now used instead of traditional code
    • Upgraded to Grails 1.3.x
  • 0.3
    • Now supports Grails version 1.1.1 > *
  • 0.2
    • Added Asynchronous Tracking support
  • 0.1
    • First official release