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Showing posts with label WordPress Tips. Show all posts

How to Put WordPress Site Offline?


How to Make WordPress Blog Private


WordPress Visibility option allows you to control who can visit your site, whether search engines will index it or not etc. In my last post, I discussed how to put blogger site offline. And in this post I'm gonna talk about WordPress. 


In my previous post, I discussed the reasons behind putting a site offline. Here I would like to repeat those reasons -

  • If your site is new, you can discourage search engines to index your site. Because a new site with insufficient content will not get a good rank.
  • If your site is private or subject to premium membership, you can disallow general people to view your contents.
  • Due to political violations or religious issues, if your social security is under threat, you can temporarily make your site unavailable instead of deleting it. 

WordPress Settings Option

Site Visibility Options
  1. Login to your WordPress site and go to Admin Panel.                                                         (ie. https://munnamark.wordpress.com/wp-admin)
  2. Go to Settings from the left pane and choose Reading. (As shown in the above image) (ie.https://munnamark.wordpress.com/wp-admin/options-reading.php)
  3. Now you will get the Reading Settings page.
  4. Move to the Site Visibility section. There you will get three choices. 
  5. The first choice is the default option. It allows search engines to index your site.
  6. The second choice forbid search engines to index your site.
  7. And the third option makes your site private. That means only invited persons will be able to access your site.
  8. Choose any of the three options that is suitable for you.

Site Visibility Option in WordPress


Note: You can change the settings at any time.



Adding Users in a Private Site

If you make your site private, then you have to manually invite members to your site. Only invited members is capable of viewing your contents or writing posts in your site. To invite users, follow the steps below:


WordPress Users Option

  1. Go to your WordPress control Panel
  2. Choose Users > Invite New (As shown in the above image)                                         (ie. yoursite/wp-admin/users.php?page=wpcom-invite-users)
  3. Now you will get the invite users form. Type username or their emails. Choose one of the five roles (Contributor/ Author/ Editor/ Administrator/ Follower) for the invited members. 
  4. Type an invitation message if necessary
  5. Finally hit on the Send Invitation button.

How to Invite New Users in WordPress


Then the invited user will get an email. If he accepts the invitation, you can view the member in the past invitation section. From there you can manage your members. 


Hope you've clearly understand the topic. If you have any confusion, don't hesitate to leave a comment. :)


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Verify WordPress Site in Google, Bing & Yandex


WordPress Site Verification Services


WordPress, you know, the most sophisticated platform of blogging. It has both free and premium versions. But free version doesn't let you customize the theme or edit CSS. That means, if you don't go premium, you can't edit the code of your WordPress site. But WordPress allows you verify the site in Google, Bing & Yandex through Website Verification Services. 


Last year, I published a post on Blogger Vs. WordPress. If you're interested to know more about blogger and WordPress, you can have a look. 


What WordPress Says about Site Verification & SEO?
WordPress provides enough information about your site's traffic. But if you would like to know more, then you can verify your site in Google or Bing Webmaster. Though it's not necessary to verify your site to be indexed by Google, Bing or other search engines. 
WordPress itself takes care of your site and it does all necessary SEO for you. When you publish new post, WordPress automatically sends data to search engines. WordPress themes are search friendly too. All you need to do - is just blogging


In blogger, you can verify your blog in any search engine or social site. You just need to collect the verification code and then place it in the <body> tag. But in free WordPress site, you can't do this. WordPress only allows to verify the site in - 

  • Twitter Website

And the verification process is almost similar for Google, Bing, Pinterest & Yandex. But to be indexed with Twitter Website, you must be a premium member. 

Before you go, you must sign up in Google, Bing, Pinterest and Yandex if you haven't already. And make sure you're signed in to all of these accounts. Now go to your site's dashboard: 


Hit on Tools > Available Tools

WordPress Tools


Or directly follow this URL - 



Don't forget to replace the word munnamark with yours! :) 

WordPress site Verification Page


Here you will get all the verification options. You just need to collect the meta tag from Google, Bing or Yandex. And place it in their respective fields. Finally hit on the Save Changes button. 


Verify in Google Webmaster Tools (Gmail ID Needed)

  1. Sign in to your Google Webmaster Account
  2. Hit on ADD A SITE button. 
  3. Enter your site's URL in the box. (ie. munnamark.blogspot.com)
  4. Choose the HTML verification process and copy the meta tag from there. (Copy the content part only - LewuItNI3CzeWgZzlToMIYX89OXAm3fIP5GHpdsc-SI
  5. Paste the code in Google Webmaster Tools option of WordPress verification page and save it. 
  6. Now back to the verification page and hit on the Verify button. 
  7. If everything is okay, you will get a confirmation message. That's it. 

Verify in Bing Webmaster Center (Windows Live ID Needed)
  1. Sign in to your Bing Webmaster Account
  2. Hit on Add a Site.
  3. Enter your site's URL and hit on Submit button.
  4. Copy the content of your meta tag. (ie. 12C1203B5086AECE94EB3A3D9830B2E)
  5. Again go to your WordPress site verification page and paste the code in Bing Webmaster Center box. Save it.
  6. Back to the Bing Webmaster Verification page and verify your site. 

Verify in Yandex Site Verification (Yandex Mail Needed)

Most of you are not familiar with the name Yandex. Actually this is a search engine like Google or Bing. And it's a russian search engine. It has a mail service too! It's known as Yandex Mail. 
  1. Sign up for a new Yandex Account.
  2. Or login to Yeandex Webmaster if you already have an account with Yandex.
  3. Hit on Add Site button located just below the Webmaster heading.
  4. Enter your URL in the box and click Add button.
  5. You will get several verification methods- HTML File, Meta Tag, Txt File etc.
  6. Choose Meta Tag and simply copy the Content Part. (ie. 6879ad567e1a920f)
  7. Now go to your WordPress Dashboard Tools page > paste the code in Yandex field > Save Changes. 
  8. Back to your Yandex Verification page and hit on the Check button to verify. 
  9. Within few seconds your site will be verified. You can see the site verification option to check the verification status.


Verify in Pinterest Site Verification

Pinterest is basically a photo sharing site. And it's considered as social site. To verify your site in Pinterest, follow the steps below:
  1. Sign in to your Pinterest account. 
  2. Now go to your pinterest profile. (ie. http://www.pinterest.com/munnamark/)
  3. Load the page properly - don't stop it. You will get a Pencil icon at the bottom right corner of your profile. Hit this icon.
  4. Here you will find a Website field. Enter your site's URL here. 
  5. Now hit on the Verify Website button > Choose Verify with a Meta Tag.
  6. You will get a meta tag. Copy the content part only.
  7. Go to your WordPress site verification page and enter the code in the Pinterest field. Click on Save changes button.
  8. Get back to the Pinterest verification page and click on Complete Verification. 
  9. If verification is successful then you will see Site Verified mark after your URL.

I think, verifying in Twitter is not necessary. Still if you think of adding your site in Twitter, you should be a premium member. But you can easily add your site in your twitter profile. It's free! 

To be honest, it's a long boring post. It takes half of my day. I've started writing before midday. And then I went to sleep for two hours. And I've published the post just before evening! :) 



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