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February 2013

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Google Analytics

Google provides a comprehensive web tracking solution called Google Analytics; one that is easy to integrate into any Finalweb website. Just go to http://www.google.com/analytics and login or create a new account to get started.

After setting up your Google Account to use Google Analytics, you will be presented with a list of your current tracked sites. This image below shows a few existing accounts, but yours will most like have none. To create a new one, just click the New Account button.

Fill in all the fields, making sure you enter the correct domain name in the Web Site URL field. Give the account a unique name and then click the "Get Tracking ID" button when finished.

The next screen will display your tracking ID, the tracking status, as well as the tracking code you will need to use. The most important step here is to select all of the content in the tracking code textarea toward the bottom. Sometimes users just copy the actual tracking ID (i.e. UA-0000000-1) and not the entire script that is required. Once that is copied, you can then go to your website.

Log in and click to open the Site Manager. On the left menu, select Tools and then Google Analytics.

Your next screen will either let you enable Google Analytics or modify the tracking code; select whichever button or link you see.

The new page or window that opens will contain a large textarea into which the tracking code will need to be pasted. If there is any existig code be sure to just paste beneath what is there. After that, click save and wait until Google verifies that your tracking code has been installed successfully.

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Custom DNS Records

Oftentimes the need arises to add custom DNS records associated with a domain name - pointing to a new mail server, or to configure third-party services, or to verify a domain with Google in order to setup Google Analytics or Google Webmaster Tools. The Finalweb Church Website tools allow for users to easily manage such records without having to know much about DNS except for what they might be instructed to do by, say, Google's instructions. While simple to use, the DNS editor can wreck a website quickly if used improperly. Here is a quick walkthrough on using the helpful feature.

1. Login to your site and enter the Site Manager. The Advanced Domain Tools link is located underneath the Tools heading on the left side menu.

2. If you just need to configure Google Apps, simply select that option, or to verify a domain for Google, just click the Google Analytics icon. If there are other types of custom records needed, click the Advanced DNS Editor link (you will also need to click OK on the popup warning to follow).

3. Select your domain from the list. Usually there is only one anyway.

4. The next screen displays all DNS entries for the selected domain, and also contains a link to add new records. To remove a DNS record, click the "delete" link next to it.

5. When adding a new DNS record, you will first select the type, and then fill in the input fields for the different pieces of pertinent information. Once saved, the record is created right away, although it might take a few hours to propagate in order to be completely functional.

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Embedding a Google Calendar

Google provides many useful tools, one of which is their Calendar application. And one of the best features of the Google Calendar, much like Google Maps, is the ability to embed the calendar into any website. This quick tutorial will walk you through how to do this in your Finalweb church website.

1. Log in to your Google account to manage the calendar. I won't go into detail on how to setup the calendar and add/modify events (here is more information - Google Calendar Documentation) but rather to prepare the Calendar for embedding into your website.

2. Click the drop-down arrow button next to your calendar and select "Calendar settings"

 

3. A very important task is to set the sharing correctly so that public visitors can view the calendar. Click on the "Share this Calendar" link beside the correct calendar to open sharing settings.

4. Be sure that the checkbox next to "Make the Calendar Public" is checked and then click Save.

5. Click on the Calendar title to open the page which will contain the embed code.

6. Select all the embed code next to "Embed This Calendar" and copy to your clipboard, You might need to modify some custom settings (such as calendar height and width), and to so you'll just need to click the "Customize..." link right above the code area.

7. Create a new web page, or open an existing one on your website on which the calendar should be embedded. Click the Add New Section and choose a Text/Image section, utilizing the "No Image" layout type. When the text editor appears, switch to the HTML view by clicking the "Source" button in the top left and then paste your copied code into the text area. When it's pasted, just click Save Changes.



When all is done, your calendar should neatly appear on the page like this:

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