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HTTPS site accidentally set as HTTP in GA account, but it still collects data

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I have a website that is all HTTPS. However when someone set up the GA account, they entered the website as HTTP using the dropdowns available in the property and view fields.

 

There is a lot of data being collected. How is it being collected when they didn't put in the correct address (they left out the S)? Is it accurate?

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Hi Andrea,

The wrong name in the 'Property name' field or wrong setting in the http or https doesn't affect the data collection in your GA account. The data is collected via UA number in the GA tag for your website regardless of the domain your GA tag is on. For example, if you've setup the property as https://www.a.com but someone also pastes your UA number in the GA tag on a website called www.b.com. In this case, your account will collect / contain the data from both domains - www.a.com and www.b.com. Hope this helps.

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HTTPS website accidentally set up in GA as HTTP

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I have a website that is all HTTPS. However when someone set up the GA account, they entered the website as HTTP using the dropdowns available in the property and view fields.

 

There is a lot of data being collected. How is it being collected when they didn't put in the correct address (they left out the S)? Is it accurate?

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Hi :-)
The UA# in the tracking code ties the tracking to the reporting, its not tied to a particular domain as such
Change the Website Details in the Property and View settings to https from http should sort out any inconsistencies,

going forward.

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Many thanks for your reply Bronwyn.

I do not understand how this setting affect the data collection.

In Property>Property settings>default URL: There is a dropdown that allows selection of http or https. Our site is https, but this was previously setup as http. I want to know how/if this is affecting data collection of Google Analytics. You said changing it should sort out inconsistencies, but I first want to know what the inconsistencies would be. How is this setting affecting data collection for my site?

Likewise, in View>View settings website's URL: There is a dropdown that allows selection of http or https. Our site is https, but this was previously setup as http. I want to know how/if this is affecting data collection of Google Analytics. You said changing it should sort out inconsistencies, but I first want to know what the inconsistencies would be. How is this setting affecting data collection for my site?

Many thanks!!!
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Hi Andrea,

The wrong name in the 'Property name' field or wrong setting in the http or https doesn't affect the data collection in your GA account. The data is collected via UA number in the GA tag for your website regardless of the domain your GA tag is on. For example, if you've setup the property as https://www.a.com but someone also pastes your UA number in the GA tag on a website called www.b.com. In this case, your account will collect / contain the data from both domains - www.a.com and www.b.com. Hope this helps.

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Usually the only issue an incorrect website url may cause is in the Behaviour > In-page Analytics.
Having said that, in this instance because it involves https/http,then it should not be an issue.
Usually the problems occur when a completely different domain name is entered by mistake.
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HTTPS site accidentally set as HTTP in GA account, but it still collects data

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Hi Bronwyn, Is it possible that using HTTP for a HTTPS causes a lower bounce rate?  I just fixed mine and the bounce rate almost doubled to more realistic rate. 28 to 52%.