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www site to non www site question

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We've had a www site with a GA tracking for a number of years and recently updated the site and it is now a non-www site. Is has the same name, just without www. I have added a site in Webmaster tools and set preferred domain to display URL as non www, but what should I be doing on the GA side? I have the www tracking ID in the new site. Do I have to create a "new property"? And if I do, I'll get a new tracking ID, so how would I merge that with the original so we can maintain the information flow? I'm a little new at this, so be gentle. 

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February 2017

www site to non www site question

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Hi, Tony,


Your tracking will work just the same so long as you have the SAME tracking code. If all that was changed was the "www" (and so long as you have proper redirects), then you should be fine. Also, FYI, you can't merge data from one GA property into another - you can MOVE properties between accounts, but not the data by itself.


Someone asked a similar question before, so you can check the recommendations here as well:


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www site to non www site question

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Great advice from @Nicky Y Smiley Happy 


Two things that I would add - you should change the Default URL and Website's URL in your property and view settings. But this doesn't have an impact on your data collection. It's not a problem if you do not upgrade your Default URL and website's URL in your settings.


You should take a look at your filters as well. If you've implemented some sort of hostname filters previously, you may need to modify them.




www site to non www site question

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That's excellent! Thank Nicky and Taavi for your prompt replies. And thank you Nicky for the link. I had been going through the pages trying to find something comparable, but there are so pages to get through. 

Cheers to you both!