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How to Event Stream Data from Your Astro Site to Google Analytics Using RudderStack

01. Pre-requisites

  • 01. Pre-requisites
  • 02. Integrating your Astro site with the RudderStack JavaScript SDK
  • 03. Creating a destination in RudderStack for routing your Astro site events
  • 05. Deploying your Astro site and verifying the event stream
  • 06. Questions

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RudderStack is an open-source Customer Data Platform that helps you track your customer events from your web, mobile, and server-side sources and sends them to your entire customer data stack in real-time.

This guide will help you quickly integrate your Astro site with RudderStack using our JavaScript SDK to get started tracking real-time user events and sending them to your preferred destinations in real-time.

You can instrument event streams on your Astro site by following three simple steps:

  1. Integrate your Astro site with the RudderStack JavaScript SDK and set up the tracking code
  2. Set up a destination in RudderStack to route your event data in real-time
  3. Deploy your Astro site and verify the events
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Pre-requisites

Before getting started, your Astro site will need to be installed and set up. If it’s not done yet, visit the official Astro installation doc for more information.

Step 1: Integrating your Astro site with the RudderStack JavaScript SDK

Creating a source in RudderStack

First, you need to set up a JavaScript source in your RudderStack dashboard that will track events from your Astro site. Follow these steps to set up the source:

1. Log into your RudderStack dashboard. If you’re new to RudderStack, sign up here.

2. Write down the Data Plane URL. You will need this later.

3. Create a Source by clicking on the Add Source option. You can also click on the Directory option in the left nav bar and select Event Streams under Sources. Next, select JavaScript.

4. Add a relevant name for the JavaScript Source and click on Next.

5. Your JavaScript source is now configured and ready to track events. Write down the Write Key associated with this source. You will need this later.

Integrating your Astro site with RudderStack

Integrate RudderStack JavaScript code with your Astro site and set up the tracking code following steps given below:

  1. Navigate to the src > pages folder in your Astro project directory.
  2. Now open your index.astro file in an editor and insert the following lines of code within the <head></head> tag:
JAVASCRIPT
<script>
rudderanalytics = window.rudderanalytics = [];
var methods = [
"load",
"page",
"track",
"identify",
"alias",
"group",
"ready",
"reset",
"getAnonymousId",
"setAnonymousId",
];
for (var i = 0; i < methods.length; i++) {
var method = methods[i];
rudderanalytics[method] = (function (methodName) {
return function () {
rudderanalytics.push(
[methodName].concat(Array.prototype.slice.call(arguments))
);
};
})(method);
}
rudderanalytics.load("WRITE_KEY","DATA_PLANE_URL");
//rudderanalytics.page();
</script>
<script src="https://cdn.rudderlabs.com/v1.1/rudder-analytics.min.js"></script>
Important: You can refer to our sample Astro site present in RudderStack Astro site repository for more information on modifying these files.

Step 2: Creating a destination in RudderStack for routing your Astro site events

In this section, we will route our Astro site events to Google Analytics.

To add Google Analytics as a destination in RudderStack, follow the steps given below:

1. In your RudderStack dashboard’s left navigation bar, click on Destinations and then select Add Destination as shown:

Note: You can use the Connect Destinations option if you have already configured a destination in RudderStack and want to send your event data to that platform.

2. Next, choose Google Analytics as your destination.

3. Add a name to your destination and click on Next, as shown:

4. Now, connect the JavaScript source that we previously configured in Step 1.

5. On the Connection Settings page, configure your Google Analytics destination with your Google Analytics Tracking ID and other optional settings, as shown below. Then, click Next.

6. You can also transform your events before sending them to Google Analytics. For more information on this feature, check out our documentation on User Transformations.

7. Well done! Your Google Analytics is now configured as a destination. You should see the following source-destination connection in your dashboard:

Step 3: Deploying your Astro site and verifying the event stream

To verify if your event stream works correctly, deploy your Astro site and test if the events are tracked by the JavaScript source and delivered to your Google Analytics destination.

You can do this by following these steps:

1. In your Terminal or cmd, navigate to the root folder containing your Astro project.

2. To deploy the app, execute npm run dev command, as shown:

3. Open your Astro site by visiting the server address mentioned in the cmd or http://localhost:3000 on your browser.

4. Next, verify whether rudder-analytics.js (RudderStack’s JavaScript SDK) has loaded correctly or not. To do this, open your browser’s Developer tools and navigate to the Network tab. The following screenshot highlights this option for Google Chrome:

5. Check if RudderStack can track the different page views and clicks by clicking on the Live Events tab of your JavaScript source on the RudderStack dashboard page:

Note: After deploying your app, there can be a slight lag before events start sending and are visible in your dashboard and destination.

6. Great! RudderStack has successfully tracked and captured the event:

7. Finally, check if the events are delivered to your Google Analytics destination. Go to your Google Analytics dashboard and navigate to the Realtime > Events option.

As you can see, there is one active user on the Astro site, and the track event is visible as well. This means the event was tracked and delivered successfully.

Questions?

In this guide, we covered how to instrument your Astro site with the RudderStack JavaScript SDK to send event data to your preferred destinations in real-time, using Google Analytics as an example. If you have any questions about this integration or would like to learn more about RudderStack, please contact us or start a conversation in our Slack community.

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