I'm wondering what do people do regarding preventing Google Analytics from reporting usage statistics from a development/staging site. For example, in my case, I have Google Analytics widget dropped on several page templates. I periodically copy the whole production site down to my development machine, so that I can ensure to be working with most current data. If I'm not mistaken, even though my production site and domain might be www.mysite.com (which has been registered and verified with GA), and my development site might be http://localhost:xxxx or something like that, I believe that GA still receives usage statistics when I open the pages on localhost to test them, correct?
I know I can set up filters in GA (e.g. IP numbers, etc.), but I thought it'd be great to have some sort of a "switch" in sitefinity, a global setting of some sort, that can enable/disable GA throughout the site as needed. There isn't anything like that already built-in, is there?
What do others do regarding GA and non-production sites? Is it a concern at all? I'd love to hear some best practices on this.