Google Analytics has what may be a “bug” right now. Whether it’s intentional or not, you are unable to supply a subdirectory / subfolder for the Default URL under “Property Settings” and “View Settings”. The error message you’ll get when attempting such — Value is not a valid domain.
This is extremely inconvenient. There are times when you want a specific part of your website to be separate from the rest.
For example, what if I have…
And I want them to be separate for convenience sake?
Luckily, there is a way to get around the problem. It is a “hack” of sorts, but it is a perfectly viable option.
1) Go to the Property Settings or View Settings page using Google Chrome.
2) Right click on the textbox and click “Inspect element”.
3) You’ll see a line similar to this one, highlighted:
<input type="text" data-type="inputBox" data-name="defaultUrl" data-validate="domain required" class="hf Rh V9 f2" label="Example: http://www.mywebsite.com" value="www.website.com/" placeholder="Example: http://www.mywebsite.com">
Double click where it says data-name and it should go into edit mode. Delete the following part of the line: data-name=”defaultUrl”
4) Now click on the Default URL textbox again with your mouse and enter whatever you’d like.
5) Hit “Save”
Boom! You just bypassed Google’s validation to accomplish your goal!
When I figured this out, it made me happy, the client happy, and my brain happy.
Hopefully it makes you happy too.