We designed this plugin as we were getting sick of these ugly little things filling up our web root folders. If you choose not to install this plugin, you can still upload the empty files into your web root, as instructed by Google, and it will work.
Once this plugin is installed, you have the option to enter the filenames of your Google verification files. If you enter these as options, you will not need to physically upload the files onto the server.
- First, proceed to Google webmaster tools, and login. You will need to create an account if you don't already have one (it's free).
- You will need to add your website into the system if you haven't already, and a link to "verify" the site will appear next to the site. Click the verify link.
- Choose the "upload an HTML file" method of verification, and Google will ask you to create an empty file such as "google489f31edb2c3598b.html" on your website. You don't need to do this.
- Return back to your Jojo website, and install the jojo_google_verification plugin. Because this is installed by default, you may not need to do this step.
- Proceed to "Edit options", and enter the name of the verfication file Google provided into the "Google verification" option (on the SEO tab).
- Return to Webmaster tools, and click the link to test the verification file is working. If it is, you canclick the "Verify" button to complete the process. Note Google's verification system is often busy, and verification doesn't always work first time. This is out of your control, so try again later if this happens.
Multiple verification filesIf you are the only person managing the website, you will likely only need a single verification file.
If you do need more than one verification file, simply enter as many as you need in the list, separated by a new line.