I am IT for a company who hosts 600+ websites for individual businesses. So with that said, we manage analytics for these accounts as well. And for all but about 50, they only care about the basics, sessions, bounce rate etc etc so they just get a basic "view" of what's happening with their site. Being that we are a fully managed hosting company, I am going to take this a step further, and using the GA Analytics API, give them a visual representation of the analytics within their dashboard that we host. That's all working and gtg.
The issue I have is that I inherited a mess with the way Analytics is set up. The way I've always thought about it, is that it should run "deep" and not "wide". Currently our accounts look like:
firstname.lastname@example.org Account Jane Doe Co Property janedoe.com Account Frand C Coorp Property frankccoorp.com Account John Doe Co Property johndoe.com Account Dan Man Property danman.com
Well you can only have 100 accounts -- So we have
email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Each with 100 accounts that has a single property (website) under it.
For organizational purposes, would it not be prudent to do:
firstname.lastname@example.org Account Our Company Block 1 Property janedoe.com Property frankccoorp.com Property johndoe.com Property danman.com ... allows 50 properties per account Account Our Company Block 2 Property foobar.com Property widgetcoorp.com Property balhblah.com Property example.com ... allows 50 properties per account
IS there an advantage to keeping it all separated? Would there be any issues consolidating? Would I lose historical data if we did "transfer" these accounts and properties into one master account? I need to know if I am thinking about this the correct way.
- My Analytics API only allows for 100 accounts to be viewable so I'll have to set up 7 APIs.
- If I consolidate, I only need 12-13 accounts of the 100, because each account holds 50 properties
I really need input on the correct way to think about this.