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Determining Your Cross-Browser Goals

To determine how to handle different browser issues, you need to understand your visitors. To do that, you need to look at your site statistics.

Analyzing Your Site Traffic

One of the most popular methods for tracking site statistics is Google Analytics (GA), which collects information about site visitors’ behavior.

Setting Up Google Analytics

If you already have a Google account (like one for Gmail), use it to set up a Google Analytics account.

TO SET UP GOOGLE ANALYTICS, FOLLOW THESE circle_6.jpg STEPS:

  • circle_1.jpg If you already have a Google account, go to Google Analytics at http://www.google.com/analytics/ and click the Create an account button, and then enter your Email and Password and click the Sign In button.
  • circle_2.jpg Fill out the new account creation form with details about your account name, site URL, industry category, and time zone. Also, review the Terms of Service for the account.
  • circle_3.jpg At this main page of Google Analytics, you see a listing of the site you’ve entered. Click Tracking Code from the navigation menu.
  • circle_4.jpg Select the domain name you’re using. If you’re hosting your own domain name, select “A single domain.”
  • circle_5.jpg Copy and paste the code from Google’s form field in every page of your site above the closing body tag.
  • circle_6.jpg Upload the new pages to the server.

Once the code has been added to your site, the next step is to wait. It takes anywhere from four hours to a couple of days for Google to start publishing data to review.

Finding Browser Statistics

Finding browser statistics about your site’s visitors is pretty straightforward. You can find information such as the types of browser your visitors use, and how often they use each browser both in number and percentage. You can even find out these details for specific browser versions.

TO FIND BROWSER INFORMATION ON YOUR SITE’S VISITORS, JUST FOLLOW THESE circle_5.jpg STEPS:

Updating Google Analytics Settings

Going back to your profile to keep your site information and goals updated ensures that Google Analytics is gathering the right data to give you an accurate picture of your site usage.

TO UPDATE SITE INFORMATION AS IT CHANGES, FOLLOW THESE circle_4.jpg STEPS:

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