Learn more about Google Analytics:

1) About Views

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2649553?hl=en

2) Three things to remember about Views

https://www.practicalecommerce.com/Google-Analytics-Using-Views-and-Filters-to-Understand-Visitors

  • Views are not retroactive
  • Always keep the raw data (keep original intact)
  • Test before implementing - create a view and test your filters on it to make sure it works.

3) For SaaS projects - exclude dev's from localhost

If you go to:

a) Behavior > Site Content > All Pages 
b) Now apply a secondary dimension of 'Hostname" from Behavior

If you see 'localhost' than your want to remove this data.

https://briefmetrics.com/articles/remove-localhost-from-referrers

c) Create a new filter > exclude > traffic to the hostname > localhost.

NOTE: Filter effects are permanent, meaning once a filter is applied that data is GONE! so make sure not to apply to 'All Website Data' or only apply to it after you have tested it on another.
 

 

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