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If you modify the default URL in the Property settings, will that impact reporting?  The url in the field currently is a link to a staging site, not the url that is in production.

Real-Time is reporting my location when I am viewing the production site, so there must be something working here.  The major issue is that I have a "Missing Tracking Code" notification and I need to modify the URL and drop the "stage" out of the string.

 

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Rob

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Go ahead and change it. The field is used in 2 ways - for notifications, such as you have seen, and in the Behavior reports where you can click on a page path to open your browser to that page: it is added to the front of the page path and stuffed into the browser.
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Thank you Mike for getting back to me.

So if I change the Property default URL from xxxxx.stage.com to xxxxx.com, I won't lose any historical data or negatively effect the analytics whatsoever?

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:-) one thing you will learn about GA is that nothing will change historical data. Future data may look different, but historical data is locked, read-only, forever...unless you delete the view.

That particular setting will not affect the collection of data. NOTE: this is about the PROPERTY setting for "Default URL". There is a second setting in the VIEW for "Default page" -- that one will affect how the home page data is collected.
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Appreciate your input Mike.

Have a great day.