Check Your Current WordPress Plan
Copy the Tracking Code from the Hotjar admin.
Open the WordPress Editor within the Appearance menu.
This Updates the Local Copy Only
Editing the theme this way changes the code on your website's local copy of the theme. If the theme is updated or re-downloaded at a later date, you might lose any changes.
Open Header (header.php).
The header.php file will load. It may not look exactly like the file below, but the basic structure should be similar.
Add the Hotjar Tracking Code just before </head>.
The header.php file you see might not contain any <head> HTML tags. If it doesn't, you'll need to find the correct file in your theme that does contain this tag and continue from there. Your theme's designer or a WordPress specialist would be the best place to start in this case.
Your Hotjar Tracking Code is now installed.
If your WordPress blog uses any caching plugins, you may have to clear your cache to make sure the script is added to your site. Once you have added the Hotjar Tracking Code to your site, you will need to wait a few minutes for Hotjar to check if it is installed correctly. This usually happens the moment your site is loaded with the Hotjar Tracking Code on it (you can visit the page yourself to speed it up). Once Hotjar has detected the Tracking Code on your site, the Site Dashboard will show a notice like the one below:
Keep Tracking Code in mind when making design changes
If after you install the Tracking Code, your website undergoes a major design change check to ensure your Tracking Code is still installed.
Installing Hotjar by using a Script Installation Plugin
If you're not comfortable installing the Tracking Code in your header.php file, you can use a header/footer script management plugin to assist with this.
The OH Add Script to Individual Pages Header Footer plugin helps to simplify the installation process.
Any script management plugins installed are not managed by Hotjar. Therefore, if you encounter any challenges during installation of the plugin or experience any incompatibility issues you would need to refer to the plugin author for assistance.
Remember to backup your WordPress installation before installing any new plugins to your site.
Once your Tracking Code is installed
You can start using any of Hotjar's 8 features: Heatmaps, Recordings, Forms, Funnels, Polls, Surveys, Recruiters and Incoming Feedback. Have a look at the guides below to get started.
- Creating Your First Heatmap Report
- How to Start Recordings
- Creating Your First Form Report
- Creating Your First Funnel Report
- Creating Your First Poll
- Creating Your First Survey
- Creating Your First Recruiters Widget
- Starting to use Incoming Feedback