Google Analytics on WordPress Multisite

I recently had a need to add Google Analytics code to every site in a WordPress sub-folder multisite network.

Obviously, there are a lot of plugins for adding GA code to a WordPress site.  Most of these are intended for single sites – some will work on multisite, but they expect you to enter the tracking code on each site in the network.  In some cases this may be nice, as it allows you have different tracking codes for different sites, but it also allows an admin for each site to change the code.  That, coupled with the extra work of manually adding the code to each site led me down a different path.

*Note: There may be a multisite GA plugin out there, but it wasn’t plainly obvious to me after several minutes of searching.  I am rather picky about plugins, though.  Either way, the solution below works quite well for my case.

The other prominent method for adding GA to your site is putting the code in the functions.php file of your theme.  I would only recommend this if you are using a custom theme, otherwise it will be overwritten when you update the theme.  Additionally, this wouldn’t work well for us as we have several themes (some custom and some “out of the box”).  However, this method will work as a custom plugin – the benefit here being that I can “network activate” the plugin to add the code to every site in the multisite network.

If you need a crash course in creating WordPress plugins, WPBeginner has a list of resources, including the WordPress Codex.  If you’re looking for something in-depth, check out Brad William’s Professional WordPress Plugin Development book.

The code for the plugin is extremely simple:

<?php
add_action('wp_head', 'my_googleanalytics');
function my_googleanalytics() { ?>
<!--Put your Google Analytics code here-->
<?php } ?>

That’s it. Create your plugin with that code, install it into the /wp-content/plugins/ folder, and network activate it.

If you have a need to put the GA code in the page’s footer instead of the head, just change the “add_action” line to:

add_action('wp_footer', 'my_googleanalytics');

NEPA BlogCon 2013: WordPress Customization & Security

Back in October, I spoke at NEPA BlogCon with Joe Casabona about WordPress Customization and Security.

This was my first time at BlogCon and I have to say that The Fearsome Foursome put on an excellent event!  It was great to see this community of bloggers and IT pros get together in Northeast PA.

Here is the video from our session:

Videos of all of the sessions are available on the NEPA BlogCon YouTube page.

Limits & Ethics

As an enterprise e-mail administrator, I’m regularly asked about the size of attachments that our users can send.  I often give the answer as “that depends” (more on this below).

Less frequently, after giving my answer, I’m asked “can that be changed?”  And much less frequently, though still several times in my career “alright, that’s officially the limit, but can it be changed for me?”

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Advice to Information Technology Students

In October, my alma mater – the Pennsylvania College of Technology – celebrated fifty years of offering IT programs.

As a 2005 graduate of the Data Communications & Networking program, I was given the opportunity to speak to fellow alumni, professors, and current students about my experience at Penn College and what I’ve been doing for the past eight years. I joined seven other alumni, including the former CIO of Penn College and professionals from the likes of Dell, Cisco, Geisinger Medical Center, and Susquehanna Health.

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