If you are new to Web analytics, then yes, using this method (inserting Google Analytics code into the master file, assuming without any code modification done to what Google provided you) will be sufficient. Most CMSes build their dynamic pages off a master (template) file, so what you've done should be enough for a high-level understanding of your site's usage
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mike Paulin" <mpaulin@...> wrote:
> I am new to the world of web analytics and to this group - thanks for your help and guidance as I get started as a newbie. I am the webmaster at my company and my manager has encouraged me to enter the field of Web Analytics.
> I have worked some with analyzing visitor activity through the server logs using Sawmill Analytics - this worked fine until we switched our site from a traditional HTML based site to one built on a CMS platform. When I started reviewing the log files in Sawmill after the switch - I was getting nothing that was usable for stats. Working both with the engineers at Sawmill and the CMS provider, it was learned that a CMS platform dynamically generates the pages - there are no physical pages on the server - thus, they do not show up in the server logs.
> I insereted Google Analytics code in the site master page and have been getting statistics this way. Is this the best way or are there other tools out there for me to use?
> I have lots to learn in the field of Web Analytics and a very supportive employer that is sponsoring my education and adventure - any help will be appreciated as I enter this exciting field.