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Google Site Kit Plugin for WordPress

Google Site Kit Plugin for WordPress

Google Site Kit is the new recently released an open-source WordPress plugin. This plugin allows website owners to analyze, monitor, and improve their site performance, all in one place. In this post, I take your through Google Site Kit features and how to set it up on your WordPress website.

Google Site Kit Features

The site kit connects to the likes of Google Analytics, Search Console, and Adsense which are all provided by Google when you first set up your website. The Google Site Kit plugin helps you to set up these services all in one place and pulls in all the information into your WordPress site.

Dashboard for Google site kit

Google Analytics

This is a visitor tracking tool that tracks behaviour with real-time traffic statistics, the journey of visitors on your website, and other performance-related stats.

Google Search Console

The search console analyses your website’s performance in Google Search. You can see the status of indexing, traffic, and other significant search engine optimization (SEO) metrics.

Google AdSense

A platform for running contextual ads on your WordPress website.

Google PageSpeed Insights

This helps webmasters optimize their websites to load more quickly on the visitors’ device.

How to Install Google Site Kit

The plugin is currently in Beta and they plan to extend the plug in’s capabilities and integrations in the future. Due to it being in Beta you cant install the plugin as you usually would within WordPress and therefore need to follow these steps.

Open a browser and navigate to; https://sitekit.withgoogle.com and click onto “Get Developer Beta

Scroll down and click on the link “Download Right Here

Open WordPress and click onto “Plugins” from the left-hand side, then click “Add New

Choose the downloaded plugin or drag and drop the file into the section. “Install Now” and Activate the Plugin.

Add New Plugins

Tip: Make sure that you are logged into your Google account

To Create a Client Login

Once you have installed and activated your plugin, click “Start Setup” to integrate Google’s services within your WordPress website.

plugin get started

Click onto the blue link

Select get “OAuth credentials

Copy the text and paste into your WordPress site

Click the “Proceed” button.

Client configuration

Tip: If you have an ad/pop up blocker you will need to disable this feature temporarily.

Authenticate

To authenticate, click the “Sign in with Google” button and authenticate your WordPress website with Google.

You will need to Allow any prompts that then appear.

Authenticate with Google

Verify

You’ll then be redirected to your WordPress dashboard. Verify your website and click ‘Continue.’

Once completed, the next few steps will occur automatically and you can then go to the Dashboard.

You can add data into the Dashboard by connecting more services.

Site Kit & Search engine setup

Connecting Google Analytics

To connect to Google Analytics, click onto the corresponding “Connect Service” link and then “Proceed“.

Connecting Google Analytics

Select your account. Click onto “Advanced” and then onto “Go to [your domain]” link.

Click ‘Allow‘ on any popup messages until you reach the dashboard.

Grant permission
Analytics Accounts

When you reach the Analytics section, select your account from the dropdown and click on “Configure Analytics“.

You’re now connected!

Google Analytics Complete

Connecting PageSpeed Insights

To connect PageSpeed Insights, which will show you the performance of your website, you’ll need to click onto “Connect Service” beneath PageSpeed Insights.

Click onto the blue hyperlink to generate the API Key.

Then click “Get API Key“.

Click the copy icon and click “Proceed” and you’re all set!

How to get your API Key

Connecting Adsense

To connect Adsense, which will show you the performance of your website, you’ll need to click onto “Connect Service” beneath Adsense.

Click “Proceed

Select your account. Click onto “Advanced” and then onto “Go to [your domain]” link.

Allow” permission to any pop-ups.

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How To Fix Google Adsense Missing Ads.txt File

How To Fix Google Adsense Missing Ads.txt File

So, you have a notification that your Adsense earnings are at risk and you need to update your Ads.txt file. If you’re like me you won’t have a clue what, where or how this has come about and how all of a sudden this has gone missing!

If so, you have come to the right place. By following these few, simple steps and by downloading a WordPress Plugin this should resolve this error and get your Google Adsense back up and running.

What is Ads.txt file?

Ads.txt stands for “Authorised Digital Sellers” file. Basically, it contains information about the advertisers on your site and allows external parties to verify who is allowed to sell ad space on your site and protects publishers from ad fraud.

It is an initiative created by IAB Tech Lab, a non-profit focused on improving digital advertising standards.

This can also potentially increase your ad revenue and is supported by Google Adsense, Doubleclick, and Ad Exchange.

iabtechlab.com

Should I add an Ads.txt file to WordPress?

Simple answer, yes! If you have ads on your website using the likes of Google’s advertising platforms such as Adsense, Ad Exchange or DoubleClick it definitely recommended you resolve this error.

How to fix Google Adsense Ads.txt file error?

Fixing the Google Adsense Ads.txt file missing error can be easily done with the help of a WordPress Plugin. The first thing you need to do is install it.

From WordPress, go to “Plugins“, “Add New“.

Search for “Ads.txt Manager” and install and activate the plugin.

Go to “Settings” from the navigator pane on the left and choose “Ads.txt

From your Google Adsense account choose “Download

Copy the text from your file and paste your Ads.txt plugin over on WordPress. Once complete click “Save Changes

Adsense ads.txt file
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MyEtherWallet Review 2020: Beginners Guide to MEW v5

MyEtherWallet Review 2020: Beginners Guide to MEW v5

In this review, I go through MyEtherWallet v5 (MEW) with its brand new interface, which connects users to the Ethereum Blockchain. MEW is an open-source platform enabling users to generate secure wallets. Once created you can send and receive Ethereum and Ethereum based ERC20 tokens.

MyEtherWallet Review: How does MEW work?

With MyEtherwallet, tokens and funds are not stored on the platform (as they would be on an exchange). Therefore, you have control over your assets, making it a secure way to access your funds. It’s also a great wallet for users who are getting into ICOs as it supports ERC20 Tokens with the use of one Ethereum address.

If you are new to MyEtherWallet v5 and want to create a new wallet, the recommended way is to do this using MEWConnect.

MyEtherWallet V5 Review: How does MEW work?

How to Access MyEtherWallet

You can connect to MyEtherWallet using several different forms, this includes the likes of MEWconnect, Hardware devices, the chrome extension Metamask or via your Keystore file/private key (not a recommended way).

How to access MyEtherWallet MEW

Accessing MyEtherWallet via MEWconnect

MEWconnect is a “no hardware”, hardware wallet that you can use to connect to MyEtherWallet v5 securely. Your private keys are stored in a secure vault on your device and it is available to download from Google Play or the AppStore.

To access your wallet, select “MEWconnect” from MyEtherWallet.com

Open your MEWconnect app on your mobile device and click “Scan to Connect” from the dashboard in your app.

Scan the QR Code presented on your computer screen.

Your wallet will then appear on the screen, presenting you with your balance and transactions.

Accessing MyEtherWallet via Hardware

You can access your wallet by using a hardware wallet such as the likes of; Ledger Nano S, Trezor or KeepKey.

From MyEtherWallet select “Hardware

Select your hardware wallet from the list and click “Choose a Hardware“.

Connect your Hardware wallet to your computer using your associated cable and follow the steps on the screen.

Connect your Ledger Hardware Wallet to MyEtherWallet
Ledger Nano X - The secure hardware wallet

How to Receive Ethereum Using MyEtherWallet

One of the first things you may want to do, once you have initially created your account is to fund it. This is all done using your public address. Once you have accessed/created your wallet, your Ethereum address is displayed in the top of your screen on MyEtherWallet.com

If you want to receive funds this is the address to share. From this “Address” section of the screen, you can Scan the QR code, Print, or Copy the Address.

MyEtherWallet Ethereum Address

How to Send Ethereum using MyEtherWallet

When you have funds within your MEW wallet, you may need to send this outside of MEW. For example, you may be sending these across to an exchange or to another wallet. Once you have accessed MyEtherWallet, you will be shown on the dashboard. From the left-hand side of the screen select “Send”.

How to send Ethereum with MyEtherwallet

Enter the amount of Ethereum you would like to Send or click onto “Entire Balance” to send all funds.

Enter the address you would like to send your funds to, whether this is another individual or exchange platform, etc.

The transaction fee will then automatically show in the field below. You can edit these according to how quickly you need your transaction to complete.

Click “Send Transaction“.

Depending on how you have accessed your MyEtherWallet account, you may be prompted to verify the transaction, either via MEWconnect your hardware device.

Your funds have now been sent and you can view the transaction on Etherscan to check its okay.

Tip: Ensure that the address is exact and correct as transactions are not retrievable.

How to Exchange/Swap in MyEtherWallet

Within MyEtherWallet v5 you have the ability to exchange/swap from 1 cryptocurrency to the other. This all performed under “Swap” from the navigation pane on the right-hand side, once you have accessed your account.

how to swap or exchange in MyEtherWallet

Click onto the “From” dropdown to select the cryptocurrency type that you have and would like to Swap and enter the amount.

Click onto the “To” dropdown and select the cryptocurrency you would like to receive and the amount will automatically convert underneath.

Enter the address where you would like the funds to be sent to. This could be your MyEtherWallet address, depending on the type of cryptocurrency you are receiving and whether it is supported by that wallet.

At the bottom, all available exchanges for your Swap will appear with the associated rates and you can select the exchange you would like to use. A timer of 10 minutes will begin for you to review all your information, confirm the details, and send the transaction.

MEWconnect Tutorial: Hardware Wallet without the Hardware

MEWconnect from MyEtherWallet is a “no hardware”, hardware wallet that you can use to connect to MyEtherWallet v5 securely. Your private keys are stored in a secure vault on your device and it is available to download from Google Play or the AppStore.

MEWconnect by MyEtherWallet Tutorial
How to Backup & Restore WordPress

How to Backup & Restore WordPress

Have you ever thought about what would happen if your website got hacked? An update crashed, it or you simply made a mistake you needed to fix? Well, learning how to backup and restore your WordPress website is essential to getting your site back up and running just in case of those eventualities!

With the use of a free plugin “UpdraftPlus“, you can manually or automatically collect backups of your website, to store in the cloud and can then easily restore from that backup in minutes. UpdraftPlus is one of the highest rating and most trusted plugins for backing up your website, within over 14 million downloads worldwide.

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UpdraftPlus Free WordPress Plugin

Installing UpdraftPlus plugin

In WordPress, go to Plugins and click “Add New“.

Type “Updraft” into the search bar.

Click “Install Now” and Activate.

Backing Up Your WordPress Site

Go to your Updraft plugin and click onto “Settings

UpdraftPlus Plugin Settings

And now we can take our backup, so click onto “Backup Now“.

Creating your backup with Updraft

Tick the boxes to include your database and files in the backup. Click “Back Up Now“.

Your newly created backup will appear under Existing Backups.

Tip: If this is your first back up, ensure the tickbox “Send this backup to remote storage” is unchecked as you have not yet set it up.

Scheduling a WordPress Backup

With UpdraftPlus you can schedule backups to automatically run at certain periods of time. To schedule these; Go to “Settings

scheduling your wordpress backups

From the dropdown you can then set the File/Database backup to schedule in certain periods of time, (hourly, daily, weekly, etc). You can then change the number of backups you would like to retain. It is recommended you store your backup to the cloud/remote storage and you have the ability to store these on the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

Select the location where you would like to store your back up and click “Save Changes

You may then be prompted to Allow access and Permission, accept any of these to complete the setup.

Restore WordPress from a Backup

If you need to restore your WordPress site from a backup, UpdraftPlus allows you to do this with the click of a button.

From the Plugin, scroll down to Existing Backups

Select the backup you wish to restore and click onto the “Restore” button.

Restoring your WordPress Website

Tick the boxes beside the components you would like to restore and click onto “Restore

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MEWconnect Tutorial: Hardware Wallet without Hardware

MEWconnect Tutorial: Hardware Wallet without Hardware

In this tutorial, I take a look at MEWconnect from MyEtherWallet. MEWconnect is a “no hardware”, hardware wallet that you can use to connect to MyEtherWallet v5 securely. Your private keys are stored in a secure vault on your device and it is available to download from Google Play or the AppStore.

How to Create a MEWconnect Wallet

If you are new to MyEtherWallet v5 and want to create a new wallet, the recommended way is to do this using MEWconnect. The first thing you’ll need to do is download the app from GooglePlay or the AppStore.

You’ll then need to enter a password for your wallet and confirm the password by re-entering. Your new wallet will then be created.

MEWConnect App Download for Android and Apple iOS

How to Buy Ethereum with MEWconnect

Within the MEWconnect App you can purchase Ethereum with a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) with Simplex.

In the top right-hand corner of your wallet, press “Buy Ether

How to buy Ethereum with MEWconnect

Enter the amount that you would like to purchase. Purchases must be above $50.00. Any fees will be included in the price.

Press “Buy with Credit Card“.

You will then be shown a Simplex checkout so that you can enter your credit card details.

Buy Ethereum with Credit Card on MEWconnect

Enter your credit card and billing details.

Accept the terms and conditions by clicking onto the tick box.

Press “Pay Now“.

Your Ethereum will then appear in your MEWconnect wallet.

How to back up MEWconnect wallet

How to Back up your MEWconnect Wallet

Once you have created your wallet it is really important that you back it up.

From the main screen, you will have the option to “Back Up” if you have not already done so.

You will then be prompted to write down the 12 words and confirm those words in a series of questions.

You can then use MEWconnect as a means to connect to MyEtherWallet.

How to Connect MEWconnect to MyEtherWallet

You can connect to MyEtherWallet using several different forms. To connect using MEWconnect select this option from your computer.

How to connect to MyEtherWallet to MEWconnect

Open your MEWconnect app on your mobile device.

Click “Scan to Connect” from the dashboard in your app.

Scan the QR Code presented on your computer screen.

Your wallet will then appear on the screen, presenting you with your balance and transactions.

Connect MEWConnect to MyEtherWallet

How to Receive Ethereum with MEWconnect

Once you have opened your MEWconnect app, your Ethereum address is displayed in the colour coded section of your mobile device on MEWconnect.

If you want to receive funds, this is the address to share. From this section, press onto the address.

From here, you can then share the address by copying, scanning the QR code or clicking onto “Share“.

MEWconnect Ethereum address

MyEtherWallet (MEW) v5 Tutorial

MyEtherWallet v5 also known as MEW, is a brand new interface that connects users to the Ethereum Blockchain. MEW is an open-source platform that, in conjunction with MEWconnect enables you to generate wallets safely and securely. With your wallet, you will be able to send and receive Ethereum and Ethereum based (ERC20) tokens and exchange/swap to other types of cryptocurrencies.

How to use MEW v5