Get Ready, Google Analytics is Going Bye-Bye!
Google Analytics provides invaluable insights on your website’s traffic and audience. It’s just so powerful! However, let’s say you’re feeling like you need a change of pace or want to limit data collection due to privacy concerns, you may want to give it the boot. From tracking visits to page views and bounce rates, Google Analytics does it all. That’s why we’ve put together a six-step guide to removing it from your WordPress site. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride!
Step 1: Locate the Analytics Code
If you used a plugin to add it to your site, the tracking code can be found under a “Analytics” or “Tracking” section on the plugin settings page in your WordPress dashboard. If you added the code manually, you could locate it in your current theme’s header.php or footer.php file, depending on how you added the tracking code. (Mind-blowing, right?)
Step 2: Backup Your Site
Hold onto your hats—before changing any code, you must back up your WordPress site. With tools like UpdraftPlus, BackupBuddy, or VaultPress, you’ll ensure the safety of your site.
Step 3: Test Your Site
Whoa! Slow down there. It’s crucial to test your site before and after the removal of Google Analytics to ensure everything is working correctly. Check for broken links, missing pages, and other issues that may occur during the removal process.
Step 4: Remove the Tracking Code
Now the real fun begins. To remove the Google Analytics tracking code from your site, you need to delete it from the header.php, footer.php, or any other file where it may be located. If you used a plugin to add the code, just deactivate or delete the plugin from your WordPress dashboard. Simple as pie!
Step 5: Save Changes and Test Site
That’s right, folks. It’s time to save your changes and test your site once more to be sure everything is in working order. We’ll let you catch your breath before moving on to the final step.