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In Google Analytics we're trying to add a property for each website of a WordPress multisite network. It works well for all of the sub-site but one. In the Default URL field we used the following:

  • www.mywebsite.no/ - works
  • www.mywebsite.no/nurse - works, as does a few other sub-sites
  • www.mywebsite.no/doctor - doesn't work

In the last case we get the following error:

Value is not a valid domain. (e.g. example.com, www.example.com)

We can't change the name of the sub-site but GA just won't accept the URL. Why is this and what can we do to solve this?

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    Had a look for this - seems to be a recent bug. You can track it here.
    – dan
    Sep 28 '13 at 8:31
  • Thanks! Hopefully they'll do something about it very soon - our client isn't very happy about it as I'm sure a lot of others aren't either.
    – Linda H
    Oct 1 '13 at 8:09
  • No problem, likely so - looks like an active thread/problem.
    – dan
    Oct 1 '13 at 12:23
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There is a workaround to this by disabling the validation in your browsers dev tools.

Ulrich Lamb has blogged about the workaround:-

Page two contains the fix. Why a blog would split an article as short as this into three pages is beyond me but I included the links to each page as they aren't easy to spot on this blog.

This should allow you to add the /doctors property in Google Analytics now (as we all know with Google, it could take months to rectify this bug).

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  • Thanks @Geoff. The same workaround was mentioned in Dan's link above, so we've been able to track the site for about a month now. Pretty clever, though you'd think they'd be more keen to fix stuff like that.
    – Linda H
    Nov 14 '13 at 9:01

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