sites

Google Analytics

If you would like to track your site statistics, you'll need to setup Google Analytics.

Setup

  1. Create a Google account for your department, school, college, or other functional group.
    • You'll want to avoid using a personal Google/Gmail account. You will be able to give other google accounts access to these stats afterwards.
  2. Log in to Google Analytics
  3. Click the ADMIN tab in the lower left
  4. Click the + Create Account button
  5. Fill out the form using the final URL that your site will use once launched. If you're using a temporary address, hold off on this step until you've launched the site and then use the final URL.
  6. Click 'Get Tracking ID'
  7. Click 'I accept'
  8. Copy the Tacking ID. It starts with "UA-"
  9. Log in to your site
  10. Go to Settings > Google Analytics
  11. Paste in your tracking code
  12. You will be able to start viewing statistics within 1-2 days

Accessing Your Google Analytics

Private Sites

An entire site can be set to private. This is ideal for an Intranet of a large school or department. The Site Admin can do this by going to Settings > Reading : Site Visibility.

Having a private site will limit the access to the site/pages and any media files (images, documents and etc.) within the site. A user is required to login to view the private site and will be prompted to do so when accessing a media file directly. When a site is set as private, all media files are moved to a private folder thus changing the URL.

Keep in mind that these sites do not meet legal standards for security.

Importing Sites

Accessing the Import Tool

On the dashboard go to Tools > Import.

From there, you can import data that was exported from the listed Web Content Management systems.

Importing from WordPress

If you are importing from another WordPress site, be sure to include the media & attachments. The XML file you're importing only contains the text of pages and posts.

What Gets Imported

Posts, Post Categories, Pages, Authors, and some items from the Media Library get imported. If you select 'Import attachments' and the site is still online at its original address then the import tool will grab copies of every file (images, documents, etc), add them to your media library, and keep them in the appropriate pages and posts. Items in the Media Library that are not currently in use by a page or post on your original site will be left behind.

What's Not Imported

Settings, Sidebar Arrangements, and Widget Configurations are not imported. If you were using a custom theme, or plugins that are not supported in Aurora, those will not be imported either. Depending what kind of theme or plugins you were using, this may "break" your site, so be sure to inspect your site after an import to be certain everything is correct.

Dreamweaver Templates

You cannot import data directly from Dreamweaver template sites, or from sites that were built with basic HTML files. Those sites will need to be copy/pasted into new pages manually.

Exporting Sites

You can export your site at any time by logging in and using the Tools > Export screen.

This option is useful for developers that want to try out a custom theme or plugin using their site's actual data, or for websites in Aurora that need to be moved to another server.

export page screenshot

 

Forms

Note that Gravity Forms uses a separate import/export tool from the rest of WordPress. So, if you need to move forms, be sure to use its tool as well.