Support » Plugin: Google Analytics Dashboard Plugin for WordPress by MonsterInsights » Useless, used only to advertise premium plan

  • Entirely disappointed with this plugin. It’s not even possible to manually enter the Analytics ID now. You must now give access to your Analytics account to use the plugin. It means it’s not free. You pay for it with the information you provide from your Analytics account. I missed so much the original version of this plugin. Anyway, it’s time to move on and look up for an alternative product. So, minus 27 active installs. Thank you.

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  • Plugin Author chriscct7

    (@chriscct7)

    Hi there,
    > You must now give access to your Analytics account to use the plugin. It means it’s not free. You pay for it with the information you provide from your Analytics
    account.

    Authentication is done because that’s literally the only way to provide the reports that we do for the lite users. You can’t do Analytics Reporting API calls for Google Analytics which are required to build those reports without authorization. This has always been true and is why in prior versions the reporting area is not available for manual UA codes. This is not specific to monsterinsights, any Google integration doing reports must do authentication.

    Manual UA is still possible. All users on it before are still on it and we’re looking into re-adding it for the new users in the settings panel but you can definitely do it for new sites via multiple methods (there’s documentation on our website for this).

    • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by  chriscct7.

    Hello Chris,

    1. Yes, I do understand that if you want reports on your dashboard, you need to give access. However, there are a few problems:

    a) a user must provide access to Monsterinsights not for the application that runs on his server it means Monsterinsights acts like a middle man and access all the information;
    b) not everyone needs reports in the WordPress dashboard and eliminating the manual input of the ID makes it unusable for such users.
    c) now making the basic Analytics setup on the freshly developed customer website is impossible, now you need to involve your customer in the whole setup procedure.

    2. I was shocked when I saw popups on your site that shows who and from what location just bought your premium service plan. Privacy? No?

    3. Have you heard anything about the GDPR? I guess not.

    I was using this plugin (Google Analytics by Yoast) before your company acquired it so trust me I saw all the evolution steps of this product and I’m disappointed.

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