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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 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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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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