In this Thesis Theme Tutorial I show you how to add Google Analytics to your self-hosted WordPress blog that uses the Thesis Theme 1.8.4. This thesis video tutorial applies to Thesis Theme versions 1.8.3 and 1.8.2 as well. It may apply to earlier versions than that, but I truly don’t have the time to test them out right now. By watching this Thesis Video Tutorial, you will see that there are only two places you can possibly place the Google Analytics tracking code and I show you both possible places.
The Google Analytics Tracking Code
However, the correct place to place the Google Analytics tracking code for Thesis Theme 1.8.4 is in the spot for “additional scripts” in the Thesis Theme “Site Options” panel which is surrounded by the red line in the graphic image below. In the thesis video tutorial included in this post, you will see clearly that Google says to place the tracking code just before the closing “</head>” tag. By adding the Google Analytics tracking code to the bottom of the section of the box in “additional scripts”, the tracking code will be placed just before the closing “</head>” HTML tag. As a point of interest, in the top portion of every web page there should almost always be an opening
“<head>” HTML tag and a closing HTML “</head>” tag.
Whenever I placed the Google Tracking code into the section called “Stat and Tracking Scripts”, then Google would not verify that I had installed the tracking code on the correct website, so I strongly recommend that you do NOT waste your time trying it. If you do and it works for you, let us know.
For more detailed information about the use and history of Google Analytics click here.