WordPress plugins are the strength of WordPress but the key to effectively use it is by deploying them through trusted sources and whenever needed. It should provide solution to a problem or deliver the best function. In this post, you are about to understand and learn to make use a framework for a particular plugin which can be applied to several plugins. Here you will be able to decide on what type of plugin to focus and whether you need it or not. We are referring here to Google Analytics plugin. So here are the top 4 basic questions in using the WordPress Plugin.
1.Do I need it?
This is the first thing you must ask yourself before you decide on what plugin must be installed on your WordPress website or blog. This is where it all began. Answer this with a “no” and you are out of here. To put it bluntly, no one needs a plugin like the Google Analytics. You can simply copy the code and paste it to your .php files so it will appear on your pages. However, be careful as this may get tough and tricky. First, if you are not well-verse in editing PHP, you may create a problem with your header or footer and may not fix it right away. Next, when you change the theme, you must re-install the code of the new theme. Finally, you must be comfortable in altering actual code of Google Analytics. This is best in tracking the custom variables other than the usual. So in the event that you worry about these, Google Analytics plugin is the perfect choice to address any of these.
2.Do I need assistance?
In the event you need one in installing your Google Analytics code, you must figure out whether you have a built-in panel to do the installation for you. This is very important especially when you are on a premium framework as you can usually find these in the settings to easily install the scripts for your header and footer. A lot of WordPress users do not know this though. So, if this is available simply copy the code on the header script section. By doing this, you are eliminating a problem and somehow eliminate another provided you only defer the child themes and not the actual theme framework. In such case, the Analytics code will be properly installed as new. In the event you want to switch framework of your theme, remember to re-install the Analytics code. But how about when the need to customize the Analytic code is for the purpose of tracking author pageviews? This is where the plugin would be better in entering the picture. This is where you can appreciate the beauty of having the right WordPress plugin.
3.What in particular must I use?
There is a plethora of plugins designed and available for Google Analytics but the best is the one by Joost. The reasons for preferring this are: it is a trusted plugin by WordPress developers, it allows for easy-click custom tracking variable like tags, category, author name, etc, it uses synchronous tracking that increases accuracy, integrates API of Google Analytics which is easier set to websites, and ecommerce tracking which is available as you need it.
As you finish answering all these questions, you must then decide on providing a solution to your needed function or what plugin-type can help or what theme you may provide in a built-in way.