Joomla Webmaster Site Verification

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Webmaster Site Verification

When we design websites for our customers we will normally go the extra mile and ensure they are setup with things like Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. One of the processes of adding your website to Google or Bing Webmaster Tools involves site verification which involves proofing that your own the domain. Most verification sites allow TXT records, files or a simple meta element found on the front page of the site.

But since we don’t always have access to the domain records and we have even known customers to delete the verification files because they looked ‘dodgy’ we decided to always use meta records. We made this simple to use plugin to make the process faster and easier, and of course we want to share it with you all.

Webmaster Site Verification is a very simple plugin to help aid people verify with webmaster tools such as Google and Bing without the need of having to change the template code or having the hassle of uploading a file.

It is best to enable and leave the plugin running even after verification has taken place, this is because many that require website verification will routinely check for the. The plugin is only 3kb and will not slow down your site. Our plugin should work with all versions of Joomla 1.6, 2.5, 3.0 and higher.

  1. Download our Webmaster Site Verification plugin
  2. Login to Joomla as administrator
  3. Click extensions > extensions manager
  4. Click choose file
  5. Find and click plugin archive
  6. Click Upload and Install
  1. Login to Joomla as administrator
  2. Click extensions > plugin manager
  3. Sort by ID
  4. Click Webmaster Site Verification
  5. Obtain your verification meta id
  6. Enter it into the relevant box
  7. Enable the plugin
  8. Click Save and Close
  9. Enjoy, all done!

How do I verify the plugin is working?

You can verify the plugin is running by viewing the page source of your website. Please note this plugin is designed only to run on the homepage, so before checking the source make sure you’re on the homepage and not on any other page, if the IDS are all blank then it will not return any results.

Additionally, this will only check to see if you have entered an ID, it does not check if the code is valid. META Names will only be displayed in source if you have provided it an ID number.

Your page source should contain something like this:

<meta name="google-site-verification" content="1BSAJSDIACoDOA" />
<meta name="msvalidate.01" content="DKAKSls9182Sjsa" />
<meta name="wot-verification" content="SkalsJfhadIw28" />
<meta name="alexaVerifyID" content="01202949749" />
<meta name="norton-safeweb-site-verification" content="BOUrnEmouTh212" />
<meta name="yandex-verification" content="DoRSET0201121" />
<meta name="p:domain_verify" content="PLFiAad2s23DF" />
<meta name="majestic-site-verification" content="2FlasCndADorset" />
<meta name="avgthreatlabs-verification" content="CuBournemouth1882" />
<meta name="verifyownership" content="IfkSdalD8219" />
<meta name="globalsign-domain-verification" content="KDkasdhjDHA21" />
<meta name="bitly-verification" content="12CLSDDDA0212" />
<meta name="verify-admitad" content="DLALSDlBNaE2" />
<meta name="ero_verify" content="DkadUIURaFAdD" />
<meta name="inmobi-site-verification" content="DlaBoruNmeoU" />
<meta name="prVerify" content="BladKDjadErf" />

ID Strings used in the above example are mere examples only

How do I view the page source in my browser?

  • Firefox: CTRL + U
  • Chrome: CTRL + U
  • Safari: CMD OPTION V
  • Microsoft Explorer: Right click somewhere on the page and then click view source.
  • Microsoft Edge: Right click somewhere on the page and then click view source.
  1. Login to Joomla as administrator
  2. Click extensions > extensions manager
  3. Click manage on the left menu
  4. Sort by ID
  5. Disable the plugin by clicking the tick
  6. Click the relevant checkbox
  7. Click uninstall at the top
  • Version 2.3
    • Added AdmitAD
      <meta name="verify-admitad" content="" />
    • Added ERO Advertising
      <meta name="ero_verify" content="" />
    • Added InMobi
      <meta name="inmobi-site-verification" content="" />
    • Added PlugRush
      <meta name="prVerify" content="" />
    • Added a new tab labeled AD Networks with various meta names
    • Renamed abvanced tab label to custom meta names
    • Increased custom meta names input fields from 3 to 9
  • Version 2.2
    • Added Flippa
      <meta name="verifyownership" content="" />
    • Added Global Sign
      <meta name="globalsign-domain-verification" content="" />
    • Added Bitly
      <meta name="bitly-verification" content="" />
  • Version 2.1
    • Added Majestic SEO
      <meta name="majestic-site-verification" content="" />
    • Added AVG Threatlabs
      <meta name="avgthreatlabs-verification" content="" />
  • Version 2.0
    • Fixed issue with newer Joomla installs with error reporting enabled i.e
      'Strict Standards: Only variables should be assigned by reference'
    • Copyright information updated
    • Blank spaces in code removed and readible minified
    • Added how-to instructions
    • Added Pinterest
      <meta name="p:domain_verify" content="" />
  • Version 0.3
    • Added Yandex Webmaster
      <meta name="yandex-verification" content="" />
    • Added 3 custom site verifications in advanced
    • Tweaked to work with Joomla 1.6 and 1.7
  • Version 0.2
    • Added Norton Safeweb
      <meta name="norton-safeweb-site-verification" content="" />
    • Improved site security by enabling index.html
    • Fixed plugin descriptions
  • Version 0.1
    • Initial release to public

If you have any problems or questions then please don’t hestitate to use the comment system below, we don’t bite… promise!

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16 Responses to “Joomla Webmaster Site Verification”

  1. easter bunny avatar

    I have installed the plugin and enabled it but I don’t know what to do next.

    • easter bunny avatar

      Hi Marijo,

      Once installed you need to activate the plugin, simply head over to the plugin manager and sort the list by ID. Then locate the plugin and click the status X so it turns into a tick. Then click the plugin and then simply fill in the form with the IDs you want to use.

  2. easter bunny avatar

    When I try to install the plugin i get the following message “Unknown Archive type”? I’ve tried installing every file from the zip folder and nothing is successful. Can you help? Thanks Laura

    • easter bunny avatar

      Sounds like the ZIP could be broken and needs downloading again, or your server has a problem with the MIME type. Should just be a matter of selecting the file and wacking the upload button.

  3. easter bunny avatar

    I have installed and activated the plugin. How then do I know that I have been verified since my website is still not indexed by google?

    • easter bunny avatar

      Hi Pat,

      Great question, to check if the plugin is working you need to go to your homepage of your website and then view the source. Then look for the meta names, if your unsure how to view the source in your browser then I have added a FAQ to page which should walk you through the necessary steps. Simply click “How to install” and scroll down the page.

      Additionally, I’d like to point out that Webmaster Tools isn’t required for indexing a website. However it can list protential problems. You should first submit your site to Google using their submission tool. Note, that Google indexing is not instant and can take several days or weeks for it to list your site. You can speed up this process by creating great content and having people talk about your site on social media sites or by people linking to you.

      Finally, if you still have the problem of your website not being indexed or you want to check to ensure it will be indexed when its time for your first Googlebot crawl, then you should ensure that your robots.txt is not blocking Google and ensure that your pages are not by using meta noindex.

  4. easter bunny avatar
    Darren Williams

    Great plugin, worked first time! no hassle.


  5. easter bunny avatar

    Hey Simon,

    I’m trying to get this to work, however, Google Webmaster only uses a meta tag, not a meta ID. How do I go about this?

    Please let me know!

    Thanks in advance,

    • easter bunny avatar

      Hi Lauren,

      Google Webmaster provides you with a meta tag that contains your ID number, this number is enclosed within the content field within the tag itself, see image below to give you a better idea what I’m talking about.

      Google Console meta tag id

  6. easter bunny avatar

    Great plg will update and test this one! Thanks Joomla people doing this! Merry Christmas!

  7. easter bunny avatar

    I’ve installed and activated the plugin and checked to make sure that Google’s meta tag made it into the head of the homepage. However, Google is unable to find the verification code.

  8. easter bunny avatar

    thanx bro