Site Speed tracking in Google Analytics

Google Analytics for WordPressJust a quickie: I just updated my Google Analytics for WordPress plugin to incorporate the new Site Speed tracking feature that Google announced last week. The feature is on by default and can be disabled in the advanced section of the settings.

As you can see from the announcement post, this new feature helps you determine questions like:

  • Which landing pages are slowest?
  • How does page load time vary across geographies?
  • Does your site load faster or slower for different browsers?

Site Speed report in Google Analytics

You’ll be able to find the results from this tracking under Content → Site Speed in Google Analytics. This release also fixes the slight error with the custom code option, that’s now properly stripped from slashes.

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23 Responses

  1. MilanBy Milan on 9 May, 2011

    Could you please also fix issue with front page that is part of my patch?

  2. Neal GilbertBy Neal Gilbert on 9 May, 2011

    If I switch to your plugin from Google Analyticator, will I be affecting the tracking information on my Google Analytics Account. Or said differently, what problems might I run into by switching to this plugin?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 10 May, 2011

      I don’t know what specific tracking of Analyticator you use, I wouldn’t expect any issues.

      • Neal GilbertBy Neal Gilbert on 10 May, 2011

        I currently use Google Analyticator. I tried your plugin, which I really liked and prefer to use, and it rewrote the title tag and meta descriptions on existing posts/pages. This was not unexpected as this is one of the functions of your plugin.

        The problem I am having is that on many of my existing pages we have spent a lot of time writing and optimizing these tags and do not want these tags changed.

        I would like to implement your plugin if I could keep existing meta tags unchanged and use the plug in for new posts/pages.

        We use a Corporate theme that uses the StudioPress Genesis framework.

        Is there a setting in your plugin that allows me to do this?

  3. Steve WoodBy Steve Wood on 10 May, 2011

    I have the same question as Neal does. If I switch to your plugin from GAA, what problems will I have?

  4. BJ WrightBy BJ Wright on 10 May, 2011

    With this update to your plugin, is it also required that we update our code as they recommend? Or does your plugin add the necessary information to capture the data?

  5. RachaelBy Rachael on 10 May, 2011

    Great update, thank you! Love that the default enables site speed tracking.

  6. outsource seo philippinesBy outsource seo philippines on 13 May, 2011

    I think Ill be having a problem if I switch it.

  7. Sweet BunnyBy Sweet Bunny on 14 May, 2011

    i like all your plugins…site speed checker helps me in monitoring the speed of my site

  8. ArualWebBy ArualWeb on 15 May, 2011

    Thanks for this improvement.

  9. InfonoteBy Infonote on 15 May, 2011

    Replaced another Analytics plugin with your plugin due to your frequent updates.

    Keep up the good work.

  10. Robert KingstonBy Robert Kingston on 18 May, 2011

    Joost, great work on this plugin. I’ve finally made the switch to this, rather than inserting the code myself and it simplifies things immensely.

    Just a question – is it possible to insert custom javascript in the plugin between _setAccount() and the other push (with trackPageview(), trackPageLoadTime() etc…). Reason being, I want to track Google Website Optimizer experiments in GA:

    Tracking Google Website Optimizer Tests in Google Analytics

  11. dog food reviewsBy dog food reviews on 18 May, 2011

    i think this update an announce from google to tell us that site speed is an important factor which help in ranking thanks Joost for this update

  12. sukma wiyanBy sukma wiyan on 20 May, 2011

    it’s so good, and thanks for improvement

  13. GaryBy Gary on 23 May, 2011

    “Google Analytics for WordPress” is absolutely one of the best Plugins available and makes implementing Google Analytics in a WordPress Site so simple.
    Thanks for keeping it up-to-date (and free!).

  14. David CaguladaBy David Cagulada on 23 May, 2011

    Do we still have to add this code: _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']); to the header for site speed to work?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 May, 2011

      No, if you use my Google Analytics plugin you don’t, as the plugin does that for you.

  15. Frederik | OogstBy Frederik | Oogst on 31 May, 2011

    Great Addon! I did wonder how my sitespeed data was suddenly in my analytics account since i didn’t add the extra code myself.

    Thanks for making it default in the plugin!

  16. JosephBy Joseph on 8 June, 2011

    Thanks for improvement but my “site speed” still show “0.00″ on all of my pages.
    i use your plugin “Google Analytics for WordPress” version 4.0.6 and wordpress version 2.8.4
    to i need to upgrade?
    thanks,

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