After relocation to a new blog engine and at the same time to a new domain I needed to connect to the blog a web analytics system from I wouldn’t like to break Octopress file structure and I would like to use common ways to connection like Google Analytics, for example.

I read some articles from Octopress documentation as well as some blog posts and I decided to move simple way. Below I described my steps.

Google Analytics configuration file is located in source/_includes/google_analytics.html. One can use this file and just change javascript code in one. But I did in a different way.

I created a new file and placed it to source/_includes/custom/gauges_analytics.html. I took embedded code from Dashboard and changed in it some lines. Below gauges_analytics.html content:

{% if site.gauges_analytics_tracking_id %}
    <script type="text/javascript">
        var _gauges = _gauges || [];
        (function() {
          var t   = document.createElement('script');
          t.type  = 'text/javascript';
          t.async = true;
    = 'gauges-tracker';
          t.setAttribute('data-site-id', '{{ site.gauges_analytics_tracking_id }}');
          t.src = '//';
          var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];
          s.parentNode.insertBefore(t, s);
{% endif %}

How it’s possible to see it’s common javascript code but with two specific places. Here is locate app variables that define in _config.yml file. If this variable value is defined in _config.yml, is enabled. Take a look on _config.yml:

# Google Analytics

I just add below some lines about Gauges App:

# App Analytics
gauges_analytics_tracking_id: 5028cb21613f5d50de00000a

After that it’s necessary change yet another file to enable tracking. Open source/_includes/head.html and add

{% include custom/gauges_analytics.html %}


{% include google_analytics.html %}

at the end of the file.

And result:

{% include custom/head.html %}
{% include google_analytics.html %}
{% include custom/gauges_analytics.html %}

P.S. Thanks Juev ( for the post about using Liquid code in articles.