I'm working on a homepage, and once it's up and running, I will like to track the traffic on the homepage. This tracking should include the number of unique visitors at different times, the number of unique visitors on the individual sites of the homepage as well as download statistics for the different files I make available for download.
I guess Google Analytics is the most straightforward way of doing this, and I have found several procedures for installing Google Analytics directly in WordPress.
However, I have also stumbled upon several plugins (for instance, http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-dashboard/ and http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/ ), and now I wonder what the best solution is.
Can someone tell about their experience with using Google Analytics and using it via the various plugins?
Thanks in advance.