Articles in the Sysadmin category

  1. Server Side Google Analytics


    I stitched together a bunch of posts from different sites to get a working setup for server-side google analytics with unique user tracking. This allows you to have a completely static (javascript-free) site and still get useful analytics data.

    server {
        # all of your other config...
            userid         on;
            userid_name    uid;
            userid_domain  <<the domain you are using this on>>;
            userid_path    /;
            userid_expires 365d;
            userid_p3p     'policyref="/w3c/p3p.xml", CP="CUR ADM OUR NOR STA NID"';
    
            location / {
                    try_files $uri $uri/;
                    index index.html;
                    post_action @analytics;
            }
    
            location @analytics {
                    internal;
                    set $ipaddr $remote_addr;
                    resolver 8.8.8.8 ipv6=off;
                    proxy_pass https://ssl.google-analytics.com/collect?v=1&tid=<<your analytics UA- tag>>&cid=$uid_got&t=pageview&dh=$host&dp=$uri&dr=$http_referer&uip=$remote_addr;
            }
    }
    
    

    Of course replace the <<the domain you are using this on>> and <<your analytics UA- tag>> with the appropriate data.
    This will result in the server sending out a GET request with the client's info to the tracking URL for each page visit. It increases bandwidth used by your server but is a neat trick regardless.