We Can Track WordPress Plugin
When you are connecting a WordPress website you should make use of our WordPress plugin. Our WordPress plugin will automatically place our JS tag on your website, on top of that it will be able to work with cloaking plugins such as Pretty Links, Thirsty Affiliates, Affiliate Link Lite and more.
If you are not cloaking your affiliate URLs our WordPress plugin will place redirect URLs containing your website’s domain, which make the URLs seem trustworthy and also won’t cause any issue with ad networks.
Nevertheless, if you don’t want our system to place redirect URLs you can turn on our client-side Auto-Tagging functionality within the advanced website settings. Then our system will place the click IDs directly into the affiliate URLs.
Requirements for Click Tracking & Attribution
We can only work with your affiliate URLs if you follow some basic rules:
- Don’t cache your outgoing links
- Don’t use any shortened affiliate links
- Don’t use any URL shortening tools like Bitly, Jot URL, etc.
- Don’t use tools like Varnish or plugins that automatically clear cookies, or at least make sure you exclude the _ga and _wctrck cookies
Requirements to use the WordPress plugin
- We Can Track account
- Affiliate networks connected to We Can Track
- WordPress Website added to We Can Track
Install the Wecantrack WordPress plugin
- Install the Wecantrack WordPress plugin
(search for “wecantrack” or follow this link)
- Click on ‘Install Now’
- Click on ‘Activate Plugin’
- Search for Wecantrack in the navigation bar and click on it
- Go here to get your API key: https://app.wecantrack.
- Fill in your API key and verify it
- Click on ‘Update & Save’
- If you have cache on your website please make sure to clear it after activating our plugin
Testing the Wecantrack WordPress plugin without fully enabling it (optional)
If you want to test the plugin before fully using it, you can either test it by shortly activating it and checking the redirect path when clicking on your outgoing links, or you can leave our plugin’s status disabled and follow the next instructions.
- Add an expression that the URL has to contain in order for the plugin to work
If you’d for example place “?wct=on” in the “Enable plugin when URL contains” field (as in the screenshot on the right), your landing page needs to contain the expression in order for our plugin to be active (please use a new session, e.g. within an incognito browser window).
https://wecantrack.com/?wct=on – on this URL our plugin would be activated
https://wecantrack.com/ – on this URL our plugin would still be disabled
- You can also place a slug or whole landing page URL if you want to test it on an entire page
- The test is active as long as your session lasts
- We suggest you test your outgoing links with this functionality and check whether the redirection path looks fine (you can for example use a Chrome plugin like “Redirect Path” to check that).
- Check the following:
- whether you land on the advertiser’s landing page
- whether you are being directed through the affiliate URL
- whether a SubID parameter is being placed containing the WCT ID (as in the screenshot “wct200325152941hmbtv”)
In case our plugin is showing ‘Invalid Request’ it is likely that there is an SSL problem. Your host might not have updated a relevant certificate. You can then disable the SSL verification for We Can Track’s API calls within the settings.
Moreover, We Can Track’s plugin by standard places first party cookies containing referrer information. If you don’t like that you can disable that functionality. This might affect the accuracy regarding the click page report though.
In case you are facing some inaccuracies within the click page report with that setting turned on, we advise to turn it off, since tracking of click pages is affected differently for different websites.