Adding Plerdy Tracking Code in WordPress Using Theme File Editor

This guide explains adding the Plerdy tracking code to a WordPress site using the Theme File Editor. It's a straightforward process ideal for those who prefer to work within the WordPress admin panel.

Step 1: Log in to Your WordPress Dashboard

Access your WordPress site by logging in with your administrator credentials.

Step 2: Access Theme File Editor

Go to 'Appearance' in the WordPress dashboard and click 'Theme Editor'. This will open the Theme File Editor.

Step 3: Select the Active Theme

Ensure you are editing the currently active theme. You can see this at the top of the Theme File Editor page.

Step 4: Open the Footer File

Find and click on 'footer.php' from the list of theme files. This file controls the footer section of your theme.

Step 5: Backup Your Theme File

Before editing, it's wise to copy the entire content of 'footer.php' and save it in a text file on your computer. This is your backup in case you need to revert changes.

Step 6: Obtain Plerdy Tracking Code

Log into your Plerdy account, go to your dashboard, and copy the tracking code provided.

Step 7: Insert the Tracking Code

Scroll to the end of the 'footer.php' content in the Theme File Editor. Paste the Plerdy tracking code just before the closing '</body>' tag.

Step 8: Update File

Click the 'Update File' button to save your changes. This action applies the tracking code to your website.

Step 9: Verify the Code on Your Site

Open your website in a browser (preferably in incognito mode) and view the page source. Check whether the Plerdy tracking code is near the '</body>' tag.

Step 10: Verify in Plerdy Dashboard

Finally, to confirm the tracking is active, open Chrome in Incognito mode and visit your website. Click on any text on the page multiple times. Then, in your Plerdy dashboard, navigate to Heatmaps > Clicks. Select today's date in the calendar. You should see the clicks you've made. If the clicks are visible, the tracking is working correctly. If no clicks are recorded, revisit the previous steps for any issues or refer to the common reasons below for why data might not be collected.

Conclusion: Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you notice that Plerdy isn't collecting user behavior data, consider the following common issues:

  1. Incorrect Installation: Ensure the code is placed before the closing '</body>' tag in 'footer.php'. Improper placement can lead to tracking issues.
  2. Caching: Clear your website's cache after installing the script. Caching plugins or server-side caching might serve an older version of your pages without the new code.
  3. Conflict with Other Scripts: Other scripts or plugins may sometimes conflict with Plerdy's tracking code. Try disabling other scripts to identify the issue.
  4. Content Security Policy (CSP): If your site has CSP headers, ensure they don't block the execution of external scripts like Plerdy.
  5. Incorrect Account Settings: Double-check your Plerdy account settings to ensure they are configured correctly for your website.
  6. Script Modifications: Avoid modifying the Plerdy tracking code, as any alteration can prevent it from working correctly.

For more detailed troubleshooting, refer to Plerdy's official blog post on why the script might not work after installation.

Remember, modifying theme files can affect your website's functionality. Always backup files before making changes, and consider seeking assistance if you need more confidence editing theme files.

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Thank you Andrew, That was helpful. Installed plerdy on my site. Waiting to see the heatmaps and improve website conversions. Will come up with my review once soon as well.

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