How to set up Google Analytics Ecommerce Tracking for BC

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    I've successfully added ecommerce tracking for Google Analytics to my Business Catalyst sites. I haven't found any [free] definitive guides out there, so I thought I'd share.

    Business Catalyst files

    For the tracking script, the Business Catalyst file you need to have opened is /Layouts/OnlineShop/order_receipt-US.html.

    However, you also need to add the Google analytics script - with out the ecommerce modification - to all the pages on your site. I recommend putting in the <head> of your page templates.


    Google Analytics Ecommerce Tracking

    To start tracking Business Catalyst ecommerce transactions with Google Analytics, here are the steps you need to take.

    1. Log into Google Analytics and navigate to the profile settings page for the Business Catalyst site. Under "Ecommerce Settings" select "Yes, this is an E-Commerce Site".
    2. While still in analytics, go to the "Tracking Code" tab under your profile. Don't grab the code from the Standard tab. Instead, select "Advanced". 
      • When someone goes through the cart on a Business Catalyst site, the domain switches to * So you need to select "Multiple top-level domains".
      • I would also select the check boxes for AdWords campaigns, DoubleClick data and Track online ad campaigns from other providers
      • The script Google shows you on this page is what you should put on all your page templates.
    3. Now you're ready to grab that code and modify it for ecommerce tracking.
      • The code given in Google Analytics should go on all the pages of your website. The easiest way to accomplish that is to put it on all your templates. However, there's one more step.
      • You then need to modify the code for your receipt page as shown below. Finally, place that modified code on the /Layouts/OnlineShop/order_receipt-US.html page. Here's what it should look like modified. [You'll need to close the script tags, of course.]
                script type="text/javascript"
                var _gaq = _gaq || [];
                _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-*******-*']);  // your Google Analytics profile id
                _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', '']); // your domain name - not *, but the domain you've chosen for your site
                _gaq.push(['_setAllowLinker', true]);
                _gaq.push(['_addTrans', "{tag_orderid}", // Order ID
                           "", // Affiliation
                           "{tag_amount}", // Total
                           "", // Tax
                           "", // Shipping
                           "", // City
                           "", // State
                           "" // Country
                (function() {
                    var ga = document.createElement('script');
                    ga.type = 'text/javascript';
                    ga.async = true;
                    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + '';
                    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];
                    s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);


    You won't see all the details about the purchase in Google Analytics. That's because Business Catalyst does not pass all the needed variables to the order receipt page. [Perhaps that's a feature request.]


    However, it's still valuable to know the order ID and revenue in Google Analytics - knowing which sources drive your revenue is critical. It's also pretty easy to grab the order ID [under Ecommerce > Transactions in Google Analytics] and look in your Business Catalyst site for the order. Here's a screenshot of the results I saw on the first day. 


    Ecommerce Overview   Google Analytics.png


    I love this article, J! Is it OK if a convert it to a document? Please post your site here so that I can link it on the bottom and give you a proper credit for it.


    Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the community!




    Thanks. You can link to But I'd want to make it a bit more thorough before you turn it into a document. Would that be something I send you in a message?


    Yes. Please PM me once you're happy with it.






    Fantastic - Thanks for your efforts brockms - was doing my head in.


    How/Where do I access/open this page:





    You can either navigate in the BC backend:

    Site Manager > Module Templates > Online Shop Layouts > Recipt - Buy


    or through Dreamweaver


    Root > Layouts > OnlineShop > order_receipt-US.html


    Thank you!


    Justin, thanks a lot for sharing.


    You mentioned That's because Business Catalyst does not pass all the needed variables to the order receipt page


    Would you please list what else BC should make available in order to make it possible to produce the desired GA reports? We will look at adding those.


    And what are the reports you're usually looking at in GA for your BC sites?


    Google Analytics could collect the following if Business Catalyst passed it to the order_receipt-US.html page.

    • order ID - necessary to associate item with transaction
    • SKU/code - required
    • product name - necessary to associate revenue with product
    • category or variation
    • unit price - required
    • quantity - required
    • affiliation or store name
    • total - required
    • tax
    • shipping cost
    • shipping city
    • shipping state or province
    • shipping country


    These two articles should get Business Catalyst developers a long way toward enabling this


    It would be nice if this were a simple site setting option in the admin console. I built a WordPress store once, for instance, that only required my Google Analytics profile id (the 'UA-*******-*' number). Once I entered it, analytics worked site wide and transactions showed up, too.


    In Google Analytics, I look at a number of reports. I'll use the reports under the Advertising tab to evaluate my return on ad spend. I also use the reports under the Conversions tab to work backwards from purchases and completed goals to sources or site changes that impacted them.




    Thanks Justin.


    We're aiming to make GA fully work with BC as easily as providing your profile id, and the information you provided here helps us in this direction.


    That's wonderful! Thank you and let me know if I can help in any other way.




    What's missing is the transactional data for each product.


    We have to do a massive cookie workaround to pass each of the products purchased across so we can get a complete picture of the order processed. Not just the total.


    Like Justin said, you've got access to google's dev code so it's pretty self explanatory what we need.


    Justin, I'd like to get you a hand with this doco. I've got a few tips I can share.


    For example if you put the {tag_amount} into a variable you can re-use it for things like event tracking.


    Thanks Justin! You are a super star for sharing this. Just what I was looking for


    Just wanted to check - I've only got the tracking code in the default template so do I paste the full code again in the Receipt-Buy section (even though it uses the default template) or is it ok to just at the below to the default template?


      _gaq.push(['_addTrans', "{tag_orderid}", // Order ID

                       "", // Affiliation

                       "{tag_amount}", // Total

                       "", // Tax

                       "", // Shipping

                       "", // City

                       "", // State

                       "" // Country




    Sorry if a silly question


    This document was generated from the following discussion: How to set up Google Analytics Ecommerce Tracking for BC