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Selecting http:// vs https:// during setup

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During the account setup, under the property, I selected the "website URL" as "http:"  However, the actual website URL uses https://  Should I have selected https:// during the account setup?  Will changing this negatively impact my reporting?  When I go in to Reporting Behavior and view All Pages, none of the webpages end in index.html or index.php.  They all end with the "trailing slash".  From my understanding, the difference between selecting http vs https is how google analytics either combines or separates pages based on the ending of the URL.  Is this correct?  If so, I would then assume that my setup is good.  Thanks for your help!

Kyle

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Hi Kyle,

 

It's weird that you haven't seen this kind of notification. But yes, if your site is accessible through https, you should choose https in your settings as well. It's a small fix and as I mentioned before, it doesn't affect your data collection. 

 

As far as I know, what happens if you change it to https is that Google appends it to the beginning of every clickable URL link in your content reports, nothing else.

 

@Kyle S Nothing bad can happen if you change it from http to https. 

 

Taavi

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Selecting http:// vs https:// during setup

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Hi,

 

Https is a secure version of http, it's nothing to do with the trailing slashes and file types. If your site is accessible through https://www.domain.com you should use https:// in your property settings, otherwise (if you see http://www.domain.com in the address bar) use http://. Hope this helps, let me know if you have questions.

 


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@Arnold M is on it with great advice.

 

Just wanted to mention one more thing - this doesn't have an impact on your data gathering whether you use http or https in your GA settings.

 

Hope this helps.

Taavi

 

 

 

Selecting http:// vs https:// during setup

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Also selecting the wrong setting can result in a "No valid tracking code found for property..." error message because GA will be unable to find the tracking code on the wrong URL. As @Taavi Kalvi mentioned, this doesn't affect data collection.

 


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Thank you both for your prompt replies.
@Taavi Kalvi stated "this doesn't have an impact on your data gathering”. This leans me towards leaving it as is since choosing one over the other seems to have little consequence in GA. However, @Arnold M mentioned that "the wrong setting can result in a 'No valid tracking code found for property...' error message”, which does concern me.
1) If currently using an http setting for an https site, would I have already seen such an error message by now, after 1 month of startup?
2) Would the error message appear in the analytics notifications?
3) If I have not yet received the error message, is it safe to assume my choice of http (for a wordpress https site) is the correct choice?
4) If I decide to change from http to https now, would this have any other negative ramifications?

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Hi Kyle,

 

It's weird that you haven't seen this kind of notification. But yes, if your site is accessible through https, you should choose https in your settings as well. It's a small fix and as I mentioned before, it doesn't affect your data collection. 

 

As far as I know, what happens if you change it to https is that Google appends it to the beginning of every clickable URL link in your content reports, nothing else.

 

@Kyle S Nothing bad can happen if you change it from http to https. 

 

Taavi