Please note, this guide only applies to websites that have the “Simple URLs” module installed.
If you’re interested in having this system installed on your WordPress website, please contact us.
With the “Simple URLs” module, you can generate an alternative tracking link for any URL. This could be handy, for example, to track how many people have downloaded one of your PDF files, or to find out how many people exit through your tracking link to visit an external website (e.g. one of your advertisers).
Every time somebody clicks on one of these special tracking URLs (shown above as a “Permalink“), the click will be recorded and the visitor will be taken to the URL listed under “Redirect to“. For your information, the number of clicks will be displayed in a table, like the example above.
How do I setup a tracking link?
- Go to the “Simple URLs” screen in your dashboard:
- Click “Add New“.
- In the “Title” box, add a label for your reference.
- In the “URL Information” box, add the real URL here, which is where visitors will go after they’ve clicked on your tracking link. If you want to use an existing file from your website (e.g. a PDF or Word file), please see the instructions further down this page.
- Next, you should see that a tracking URL has been generated automatically from your title. If required, you can change this by clicking the “Edit” button and then click “OK“.
- To make your tracking link live, please click the “Publish” button.
- On the main “Simple URLs” screen, you will now see how many times your link has been clicked.
How do I find the URL of a previously uploaded PDF / Word file?
- Go to the “Media” screen:
- Find and click on your chosen file.
- On the right-hand side of the screen, copy and paste the URL:
- Paste this URL into the “Simple URLs” box, as shown in Step #4 above.