How to Add Google Analytics 4 to WordPress

How to Add Google Analytics 4 to WordPress (Best Way)

Google Analytics 4 (GA4) is here, and Google is encouraging every new and existing user to create a GA4 property. If you’re a WordPress user, that means it’s time to add Google Analytics 4 to WordPress.

In this article, we’ll go over the best (and easiest) way to add GA4 to WordPress.

What Is Google Analytics 4?

Google Analytics 4 is Google’s newest version of Google Analytics. Google Analytics 3 (Universal Analytics) will be sunset on July 1, 2023, so it’s very important to switch to GA4 as soon as possible.

GA4 has many of the same features and statistics as Universal Analytics, and adds a few new ones. Unfortunately for some, they removed a few stats, too.

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For instance, in Universal Analytics, you have to set up event tracking, like enhanced ecommerce and conversion tracking, by inserting special code on your webpages (or you can simply enable it with a couple mouse clicks in MonsterInsights).

In Google Analytics 4, however, it’s much easier to turn on event tracking for certain events. However, you’ll probably have a difficult time finding and reading that event data, unless you’re an Analytics pro.

As we mentioned, GA4 is missing some key metrics from the previous version, for example your site’s bounce rate.

But there’s one even bigger thing that’s missing in GA4 analytics: your data.

If you’ve been using Universal Analytics and you set up GA4 for your WordPress site, it won’t have any historical data in it. It starts collecting from the time you first set it up. Your older data will be safe in your Universal Analytics property, but you have to switch back and forth to see it there.

Plus, if you’ve been using Google Analytics for some time, you’ve probably gotten used to how Universal Analytics looks. When you set up a GA4 property, you’ll need to invest some time to figure out how to navigate and create the reports that you need.

Google Analytics 4 is a powerful tool for WordPress users, but it’s not very beginner-friendly. Even intermediate users may find it difficult to learn and find the data you need.

So, while you should definitely set up a GA4 property for your WordPress site to start gathering data, you may want to keep using your Universal Analytics property, too.

The Best Way to Add GA4 to WordPress

In order to set up Google Analytics 4 on WordPress, you’ll need to connect it to your site. The absolute easiest way to do that is with the MonsterInsights Google Analytics plugin.

Not only can the plugin connect GA4 analytics to your WordPress website, but it also provides solutions to many of the downsides of using GA4 we went over above.

MonsterInsights is the best plugin to connect Google Analytics 4 to WordPress. It allows you to easily connect your WordPress site with Google Analytics (both Universal Analytics and GA4), so you can view all the data that matters most right in your WordPress dashboard.

MonsterInsights Home Dashboard

Plus, with the click of a button, you can set up sophisticated tracking features such as event tracking, eCommerce tracking, form tracking, custom dimension tracking, outbound link tracking, and more.

Dual Tracking for Universal and GA4 on WordPress

Want to use the latest GA4 analytics, and also keep your historical data, the bounce rate metric, and the Search Queries report?

Just use the MonsterInsights dual tracking feature. If you have a Universal Analytics property, connect both your GA4 AND Universal Analytics properties to WordPress to get the best of both versions of Google Analytics, plus all your historical data.

This is the only tool you’ll find that allows you to combine both Google Analytics properties into one dashboard.

How to Add Google Analytics 4 to WordPress: Tutorial

Step 1: Sign In to Google

The first thing you’ll need to do is log in or sign up for a Google account.

To get started, you’ll need to open the Google Analytics website and click the Sign in to Analytics link or Start for free button in the top right corner of the page.

Sign in to Google Analytics

Next, you can log in to your existing Google account if you have one, or click the Create account link to create a new Google account.

Sign In to Your Google Account for Analytics Account

Step 2: Sign Up For Google Analytics + Create a Property

If you don’t have a Google Analytics account yet, click the Start measuring button on the next screen. If you already have an account and you’ve created a Property, skip to Step 3 Add Google Analytics to WordPress - GA Welcome

Next, you’ll need to enter the Account name for your Google Analytics account. You’ll also see different data sharing settings. Make sure you check all the boxes and then click Next.

enter account details and check sharing options

Now, you’ll have to enter the property details of your website. Start by entering a name, selecting a reporting time zone, and choosing your currency.

Next, you can choose from two options:

To set up a GA4 property, enter your property name, then choose your time zone and currency. Click Next.

GA4 property setup example

Fill in the rest of the business information, then scroll down and click Create.

select industry and business size

You may see a popup at this point to accept the Google Analytics Terms of Service. Go ahead and check the checkbox and click I Accept.

That’s it! Move on to Step 3.

To set up both GA4 and Universal properties at the same time, enter your property name and choose your time zone and currency. Then, click the Show advanced options link.

enter property details

Toggle on the switch to create a Universal Analytics property. Then, fill in your website’s URL and select the checkbox to create both properties. Click Next.

Create both a GA4 and Universal property

Fill in your business details and click Create. You may see a popup at this point to accept the Google Analytics Terms of Service. Go ahead and check the checkbox and click I Accept.

That’s it! Move on to step 3.

Step 3: Set Up MonsterInsights

Normally, you’d have to insert your Google Analytics tracking code into your WordPress website’s code.

But with MonsterInsights, you don’t need to worry about using any code.

Instead, you can get started by downloading MonsterInsights. To do that, you’ll need to get a MonsterInsights license and download the plugin zip file.

Once you have the zip file, navigate to the site where you want to install MonsterInsights and go to the WordPress admin dashboard.

Then navigate to Plugins » Add New and click the Upload Plugin button at the top.

Upload Plugin Button in WordPress

On the next screen, you can click the Choose File button to select the zip file you just downloaded. Then click the Install Now button to upload the file and install the plugin on your site.

Install MonsterInsights Google Analytics WordPress Plugin

Once the plugin has been uploaded and installed, you can click the Activate Plugin button to activate it on your site.

Activate MonsterInsights WordPress Plugin

After the plugin is activated, the plugin setup wizard will open to guide you through the setup process step by step.

At first, you’ll see the ‘Welcome to MonsterInsights!’ message and options to choose the category of your website. There’re 3 options: Business website, Publisher (Blog), and eCommerce.

MonsterInsights Setup Wizard - Choose Your Website Category

Select a category that best describes your website, and then click ‘Save and Continue’ button.

If you want to skip the setup wizard, for now, you can click ‘Exit Setup’ button at the top.

In the next screen, you’ll need to connect MonsterInsights plugin to your website by providing your license key.

Enter Your MonsterInsights License Key to Connect with WordPress

You can find your MonsterInsights license key in your email receipt or account area on the plugin website.

Once you enter your license key, it’ll verify your account, and then you can click on the ‘Connect MonsterInsights’ button.

After that, you’ll see an option to connect your Google Analytics with your MonsterInsights account. Select your account to continue authentication.

Choose Your Google Account to Connect with MonsterInsights

Next, you’ll need to allow MonsterInsights the proper permissions.

Allow MonsterInsights to Access Your Google Analytics Data

After that, you’ll need to pick a profile to complete the connection. If you have multiple websites connected to your Google Analytics account, then you’ll need to choose the right website property here.

If you have just a GA4 property, choose that. For just a Universal Analytics (UA) property, choose that. If you have both, you can choose either one here. NOTE: If you want to see bounce rate, choose your Universal Analytics property in this step.

Connect Google Analytics Property to MonsterInsights

Choose your profile, and then click the ‘Complete Connection’ button.

After that, it’ll finalize the authentication process in a few seconds, and then take you back to your MonsterInsights setup page.

Now you can see recommended settings for the Google Analytics plugin.

MonsterInsights GA Plugin Recommended Settings

This page includes some of the most important settings like:

  • Events tracking – Enabled by default.
  • Enhanced Link Attribution – Enabled by default.
  • File Download Tracking – Most used file types (doc,exe,js,pdf,ppt,tgz,zip,xls) added by default.

As you scroll down, you’ll see more settings.

MonsterInsights GA Plugin Recommended Settings -second part

  • Affiliate Link Tracking – It has 2 affiliate link paths added by default, and lets you add more affiliate link paths.
  • Access to MonsterInsights Reports – You can choose who can see the MonsterInsights reports within the plugin.
  • Automatic Plugin Updates – You can enable or disable the option to install updates automatically.

Review and configure these recommended settings, and then click the ‘Save and Continue’ button at the end.

On the next screen, you’ll see options for even more tracking options, addons, and helpful plugins.

Enable more website features in MonsterInsights

The first four items are:

  • Standard Analytics & Reports – The standard MonsterInsights reports you’ll get in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Enhanced Link Attribution – Can help you see where users are clicking on your site.
  • All in One SEO Toolkit – The best WordPress SEO plugin that integrates with MonsterInsights
  • Smart Form Builder by WPForms – The most popular WordPress form builder plugin

When you scroll down, you’ll find even more options:

  • Privacy Compliance Addon – Helps Google Analytics become compliant for GDPR, CCPA, and more
  • Advanced Reports – Get access to advanced reports inside MonsterInsights, such as search keywords, a real-time report, publishers and eCommerce reports, and more
  • eCommerce Tracking – Instantly enable Enhanced eCommerce tracking
  • 20+ Advanced Tracking – Even more advanced tracking, such as author tracking, form conversion tracking, scroll tracking, and more
  • Advanced Growth Tools – Get access to our campaign URL builder, popular posts addon, and A/B testing integration

After that, you’ll see a new screen with this message ‘Awesome, You’re All Set!’. It means the setup process is complete, and you’ve successfully installed Google Analytics in your WordPress site.

Finish MonsterInsights Setup to Add Google Analytics to WordPress

This screen also notifies you about when you can start seeing your website reports. Depending on the size of your website, it can take between a few hours to 24 hours.

Don’t forget to click on the Finish Setup & Exit Wizard button.

Step 4: Set Up Dual Tracking

Now, you’ll be able to set up dual tracking if you have both a Universal Analytics property and a GA4 property. Setting up dual tracking will bring in all your historical data from Universal Analytics, while giving you the benefits of Google Analytics 4.

On the main Settings page, scroll down to Google Authentication and find the Dual Tracking Profile box. Here, you can input either your Universal Analytics Tracking ID or your GA4 Measurement ID, whichever one you didn’t authenticate with in the setup wizard.

Dual tracking profile settings

Step 5: Adjust Settings

Turn Off Enhanced Measurement

First, if you set up your own Data Stream in GA4 (instead of letting MonsterInsights create one automatically), then you’ll need to turn off Enhanced Measurement. To do that, go to Admin » Data Streams, then click on your data stream:

Now, click on the switch to turn off Enhanced measurement.

Turn off enhanced measurement

After clicking the switch, a message will pop up asking if you’re sure you want to turn it off. Click Turn off.

Turn off enhanced measurement in GA4

This is a very important step! MonsterInsights adds a lot of custom enhanced tracking, and leaving this on can actually result in skewed, incorrect data.

Adjust Data Retention Settings

By default, your data retention settings will be set to 2 months. If you want to be able to use your data in custom reports beyond 2 months (which most people do), head to Admin » Data Settings » Data Retention:

GA4 Data Retention Settings

Now, use the dropdown to change your settings to 14 months:

Change data retention to 14 months

That’s it! You’ve successfully added Google Analytics 4 to WordPress.

Google Analytics 4 & WordPress Frequently Asked Questions

How do I use Google Analytics 4 in WordPress?

After installing MonsterInsights and connecting Google Analytics 4, Universal Analytics, or both, you can use the MonsterInsights dashboard reports to see your Google Analytics data.

Should I use Google Analytics 4?

Yes, we recommend at least setting up a GA4 property for your WordPress site so that it can begin collecting data. It won’t have any of your historical data in it, so it’s a great idea to get it set up and collecting data even if you still use Universal Analytics (or MonsterInsights) to see all your reports.

Is Universal Analytics going away?

Yes. In July 2023, Google will begin sunsetting UA. Data will no longer be collected in your UA property – it’ll only be collected GA4. You may be able to view historical data in Universal Analytics for some time after, but UA will stop recording new site visits and data on the sunset date.

How do I activate Google Analytics 4?

For instructions on creating a Google Analytics 4 property without a Universal Analytics property already set up, check out How to Add a Property in Google Analytics (Step by Step).

If you do have a Universal Analytics property and you’d like to add a GA4, follow these simple steps:

You can go through the process of creating a GA4 property pretty easily by following Google’s Setup Assistant. To access the assistant, head to the Admin cog then GA4 Setup Assistant in the middle column.

GA4 Setup Assistant

Next, click the blue Get Started button.

Get started with GA4

Then, click the Create Property button. The last option will either be checked or not based on which version of the tracking tag you currently have installed.

Create Google Analytics 4 Property

That’s it!

We hope you learned how to connect Google Analytics 4 to WordPress easily. Looking for some ideas for what you can do with Google Analytics? Read 7 Types of Google Analytics Reports to Grow Your Business.

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  1. Super cool guide. I had fun and felt it was so easy with your pictures and well placed linsk to “my next step to setup my GA4 accounts. I have a few… (14)

    Really cool… I will bookmark this for the future.
    My next step – I am sure your have this covered… Setting up / checking that conversions track correct with currency and value?

  2. Hi, I already have UA set up on my wordpress site with Monster Insights. I have created a GA4 property in Google analytics to add to it. However, the Google ID doesn’t begin with a G, it is just a series of numbers. What do I put in the dual tracking box?

  3. I already have a property in Universal Analytics I would like to switch to Google Analytics. do i need to perform some operation? on the Monster insights dashboard

  4. I’m trying to track my e-commerce conversions from a 3rd party gateway. So my customers leave my site to pay on a sure payment gateway then returned to my site after payment. Can monsterinsights help with tracking this

    1. Hi Teresa,
      MonsterInsights Pro should be able to handle that for you. If you do find that you run into issues don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  5. Thanks for your in depth guide! I don’t remember creating a GA4 property, but it is already set up. Is it possible that it got created automatically? I just added the measurement ID. In step 5, it says, “If you set up your own Data Stream in GA4 (instead of letting MonsterInsights create one automatically), then you’ll need to turn off Enhanced Measurement.” How can I find out if MonsterInsights or I had set it up? Should I turn off Enhanced Measurement or not?

    1. Hi Annie – great question. It sounds like it was probably automatically created by MI, but it would never hurt to make sure! If you click on the data stream under Admin » Data Streams, you can see if the toggle is set to on or off. If it’s on, just click it to turn it off 🙂

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