You’ve launched a site on GoDaddy. While you hope it’s getting plenty of clicks, you really aren’t sure how successful it is so far.
Thankfully, you can find the answer by analysing your website traffic!
Are you trying to figure out how to track website traffic on GoDaddy? In the following guide, we’ll explain exactly how this can be done and in turn, what information you can access!
GoDaddy Hosting – What Is It? And What Is Web Hosting?
GoDaddy is primarily a website hosting service and registrar for web domains.
As a result, not only can you purchase domains and host a site via GoDaddy but you may also flip or sell domains through them.
In addition, they also offer services like website building and email hosting.
20 million customers have signed up to GoDaddy so far and many take advantage of its website traffic statistics to learn more about how well their websites are doing.
In regard to web traffic, it is essentially the number of visitors who click on a site. More specifically, it is the quantity of data received and sent by site visitors.
This may or may not include any traffic that is the result of bots.
Most services which provide web traffic allow you to view additional details such as the demographics of site visitors, how long they spent on the site and sometimes what pages they clicked on.
So without further adieu, let’s look at how you can access web traffic on GoDaddy!
How to Track Website Traffic on GoDaddy – Windows And Linux Hosting
GoDaddy provides both Windows and Linux web hosting.
Before analysing your web traffic, it’s important that you know which of these web hosting approaches your website(s) use.
In the case of Windows, it is Plesk that you should be using for your GoDaddy account.
If you have a Linux system, then cPanel is applicable!
GoDaddy Analytics – What Is Plesk And How to Use It?
Plesk is a Windows hosting control panel you can use with a GoDaddy account.
Plesk is designed for uploading files, controlling domains, utilising web applications and analysing site statistics among other applications.
You can use Plesk to view traffic information for your GoDaddy website.
Here are the steps needed to access web stats via Plesk:
- Sign in to your account on GoDaddy.
- Select Web Hosting.
- Find the Manage option beside the hosting account you wish to use.
- Select Plesk Admin.
- Find Show More at the bottom of the domain hosting section you wish to analyse.
- Open Web Statistics.
- Login to your Plesk account.
Once you’ve logged in to your Plesk account and can see your web stats, you’ll be able to analyse data such as how many people have visited in the current month, the previous month and on average.
Plesk Web Statistics allows you to also view a break down of visitor demographics.
You can access SSL-secured web pages via ‘SSL Web Statistics’ too in the statistics section.
This is one option in the Plesk menu. Another choice is ‘FTP Statistics’ which will let you see data on files that visitors have downloaded through the file transfer protocol (FTP).
Beyond that, you can also open ‘Data Transfer Statistics’. This will let you see monthly reports regarding how web traffic is used by different sites and mail.
This applies to HTTP and FTP websites as well as SMTP and PDP3/IMAP mail.
Plesk statistics provides information on disk space usage such as for your website, databases, mail and backups.
Alternatively, you can choose a different stats programme by selecting Hosting Settings in your GoDaddy account if you’d like.
GoDaddy Analytics – Using cPanel Metrics For Linux Hosting
cPanel is a Linux-based control panel.
It allows you to manage various aspects of your GoDaddy account with ease, whether that be controlling files, apps or emails hosted via your server or account.
cPanel is also used alongside WebHost Manager (WHM) on GoDaddy.
Here is how you can access your website traffic via cPanel:
- Select the GoDaddy product page.
- Find Web Hosting, beside the Linux Hosting account you intend to analyse and select Manage.
- In the dashboard for this account, open cPanel Admin.
- Once you’ve opened the home page of cPanel, find the Metrics section and then select the statistics app which you’d like to use.
In the Metrics section, you’ll be able to use the following statistics apps:
- Raw Access
- Webalizer FTP
- Analog Stats
- Metrics Editor
GoDaddy Account – Transferring From cPanel to Plesk
You may need to migrate from cPanel to Plesk or vice versa.
In the case of the former, you can do so by undertaking the following steps:
- Sign in to Plesk.
- Install the Plesk Migrator via Extensions > Server tools > Plesk Migrator > Select Install.
- Once installed, select Extensions > My Extensions > Go to Extension (beside Plesk Migrator).
- Select Start a New Migration.
- Choose cPanel and type in the IP address of the source server and input the SSH port (the default is 22).
- Input the login and password details of a root user for the source server.
- Select Prepare Migration.
This will allow you to migrate via the Plesk web interface. There are alternative methods to achieve this, albeit they are more complicated.
Such methods are migration through CLI in SSH and migrating without the use of the SSH access on cPanel for the root user.
GoDaddy Account – Transferring From Plesk to cPanel
If you’d like to transfer from Plesk to cPanel, it is not as convenient.
Here is what you need to do:
- Purchase and launch a cPanel account.
- Transfer your domains and web content to your new cPanel account.
- Close down your Plesk account.
How to Track Website Traffic on GoDaddy Alternative: Google Analytics
Aside from Plesk and cPanel, you could also use Google Analytics to review your GoDaddy site web traffic!
Here’s how to do it:
- Sign in to your account on GoDaddy. Open up your product.
- Select Edit Site.
- Choose the Site Settings panel.
- Select Google Analytics and then click on Sign up for Google Analytics.
- A page will open on Google. Select sign in and click on analytics.
- Enter your password.
- Select Admin on the home page of Google Analytics (i.e. gear icon toward the bottom left)
- Click on your website in the columns labelled as ‘Account’ and ‘Property’.
- Click on Tracking Code in the Property column.
- Copy the Tracking ID on display.
- Return to the panel on Google Analytics and paste this code into the field labelled ‘Tracking ID’.
- Click the back arrow button on the Google Analytics panel two times (not to be confused with the back-arrow on your web browser!).
- Select Publish Site or Publish. Note that changes save automatically.
- Give it 24 hours and then log in to your account for Google Analytics.
Once you’ve completed all of these steps, statistics and graphics will appear covering the details of the web traffic for your site!
You can even view your keyword ranking through Google Analytics.
Follow these steps to see your ranking based on keywords:
- Select ‘Acquisition’ in the Google Analytics panel.
- Click Search Console > Queries.
- This will open up a rankings report based on your keywords.
Here you will be able to analyse the search queries you’re ranking for best, how many clicks you’re receiving for certain keywords (if you have 100+ clicks monthly) and average keyword ranking position.
We hope you enjoyed our guide looking at how you can track website traffic on GoDaddy.
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