I’m trying to claim my site on Google, which directed me to set up Google Analytics, which I did and then I was directed to Google Search Console and was told to download as a root(?) HTML, which was provided. And then I got lost. Where exactly am I supposed to put the information in my site? It says it has to be identifiable by the browser.
Also, is it okay if I do it in the staging copy and then when I push to live it will be there?
I don’t know what I’d do without your help! Thanks so very much! 🙂
If I’m not mistaken, they provide a few different methods for verifying your site identity. The one you’re referring to is an HTML file that you must upload to the root directory of the web server where your site is hosted.
You don’t do this within WordPress. You’ll need to use an FTP program to log into your web server, then upload the HTML file they furnished to you.
Once you’ve uploaded the HTML file to your server, you’ll return to the Google Search Console to complete the verification process.
Hope this helps point you in the right direction!
Oh, and to answer your second question, you’ll need to upload the HTML file to your live server, not a staging server. Hope this helps!
Thanks for responding so quickly. Yes, that helps a bit. One more question: is the web server the same as the hosting service, which I use Site Ground? Or is it where I have the domain with Go Daddy, which is where I find the DNS?
SiteGround would be your hosting provider, so that’s where your web server is hosted. Rock on!
Thanks so much, Shawn! I really appreciate your quick response.