Official Google plugin automates the website verification process



Released just this month, Google’s Site Verification plugin will make the process of verifying your website with Google. Verification is needed to integrate certain Google services into your site. Once verified with Google, your WordPress site can view statistics and other information available through Webmaster Tools, as well as take advantage of other Google services like Adsense (if you’re into ads).

One important note on this one: the plugin requires WordPress 3.0+, PHP 5.2.0+, JSON PHP extensions, and the CURL PHP extensions. Make sure you’re all up to date to take advantage of this plugin.

If you’ve used this plugin, do you find that it makes the verification process easier than before? Are there other mundane things you do to your sites that you would like to see automated via a plugin like this? Perhaps you’d like to see other Google services worked into WordPress this way?

12 thoughts on “Official Google plugin automates the website verification process

  1. I tried to verify the website and got this…

    Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘apiCacheException’ with message ‘Could not create storage directory: /tmp/apiClient/70’ in /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-QUJV/ Stack trace: #0 /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-QUJV/ apiFileCache->set(‘OAuth:anonymous…’, ’82PcvVUmJ6NdDGa…’) #1 /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-QUJV/ apiOAuth->authenticate(Object(apiFileCache), Object(apiCurlIO), Array) #2 /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-QUJV/ apiClient->authenticate() #3 [internal function]: google_admin_head(”) #4 /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-Q in /mounted-storage/home39b/sub001/sc30862-QUJV/ on line 117

    No idea what it means or how to fix this.

  2. Pardon me, but until now, you could verify your website with Google with just a simple text editing of our theme’s header, or by uploading an html file.

    And now, to make our life simpler, or supposedly, we have an extension, yet another one to install, only working with WP3.0+, requiring a minimum level of server-side capabilities.

    I do not call that an improvement for WordPress, as far as I am concerned. It seems to introduce more complexity than ease into the system, and create more fragmentation of the “ecosystem”.

    • I think that if that plugin would just varify your blog then you wouldn’t be needing a plugin, just a short code in your header.
      I assume that this plugin does more than that but I didn’t do much digging into the files so this is just an assumption.

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