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Detect HTTP Protocol in Google Analytics with Onpage Hero

Onpage Hero extends Google Analytics functionality with unique custom dimensions. This time, we are focussing on automatically validating the structured data of each page using the Protocol Onpage Hero custom dimension. 

Firstly, make sure you have the Protocol dimension selected as part of your Onpage Hero plan. Free plans allow you to add up to 3 datapoints, whereas paid plans allow up to 20.

Upgrade today to access up to 20 datapoints

To check which datapoints you have access to, log in to your Onpage Hero account and click the little settings icon on the right. Now, select Change Datapoints to display your current setup.

Change Data Points Onpage Hero

The options on the left show the datapoints applied to this property. Select the Protocol dimension, click NEXT, then VIEW ANALYTICS to jump into your Google Analytics property.

Select Protocol Onpage Hero

What is HTTP protocol?

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) protocol is the standard language of the internet. It enables web browsers to send requests to servers and for serves to send back results. HTTPS is the more secure version as it is the same as HTTP but with an added layer of encryption


Why is HTTP protocol important?

Knowing how your pages are being served to your users is important. If you notice that some pages are being requested via HTTP, you should consider changing this to the more secure HTTPS.

HTTP protocol best practices

  • We recommend running all your pages on HTTPS as it is more secure for your users

Detecting HTTP protocol with Onpage Hero

To find the Protocol custom dimension in Onpage Hero, simply navigate to your default view within in your Google Analytics property.

Firstly, enter your Google Analytics property and navigate to:

Behaviour > Events > Top Events

Then, set Event Label as the primary dimension. This is your standard view for using Onpage Hero custom dimensions.

Not seeing any Onpage Hero data? Check that you have set up Onpage Hero correctly following this guide.

Onpage Hero Default View

Ok, let’s take a look at the data. So, type “protocol” as a secondary dimension to display the results.

Select Protocol Dimension

Our results show that all our users accessed the site using HTTPS. This means that our site is secure and operating correctly.

Protocol Results

Key Takeaways: HTTP protocol

  • Use Protocol custom dimension to detect HTTP protocol
  • Consider changing any HTTP requests to run via HTTPS

Any issues or feedback? Let us know about your issues and product feedback via support@onpage-hero.com and we’ll be happy to help you.

Further reading

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Updated on September 25, 2018

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