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Site changing from subdirectories to subdomains (including redirection). Not sure how to implement.

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I'm putting a new site live shortly and am finding conflicting resources for the proper GA implementation. 

 

The domain has been in existence for many years without GA implemented. Let's call it: www.example.com

 

A section of that site is being mostly redone: www.example.com/sub_directory and will become sub_domain.example.com with all traffic from www.example.com/sub_directory redirected to sub_domain.example.com

 

Eventually, when other sections of the domain are revamped, I will need analytics for those too (inlcuding the domain itself, www.example.com).

 

Can someone explain whether the best way to accomplish this? Single tracking code with views/filters? Multiple tracking codes for subdomains? Thanks in advance for all of your help.  

 

 

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Re: Site changing from subdirectories to subdomains (including redirection). Not sure how to impleme

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Hi Kelly,

It is your decision if you want them tracked as two separate properties/sites or you want them tracked in a single property. If the content on the subdomains is part of the main site then I'd recommend using a single property with views/filters. Let me know if you have more questions.

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Hi Arnold,
Thanks for your reply! I want it tracked as one site, but I will need to pull out detail for just the stakeholders of the subdomain (and the referring /subdirectory). How will this appear in the GA interface? Will stats be listed under /subdirectory or under subdomain.example.com? How will I be able to differentiate (or merge) traffic for those two sources? (Sorry if these questions are somewhat elementary. I am not a GA pro. I'm trying to implement as as web dev for example.com.) Thanks Again.

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Hi Arnold,
Based on you suggestions, I did a bit more research last night and think I have a handle on things. Thanks again for your help!