This article will explain how to verify your website with the Google Search Console.
IMPORTANT: Keep in mind that Google are often changing their UI but the way the whole procedure works remains the same, so at the moment your are reading this article Google Search Console may look a bit different.
Add your website to Google Search Console and verify yourself as the owner to access your statistics tools.
Let’s start by adding your website:
In the Search Console home page, type the URL (web address) of the website, or portion of the site, for which you want data (1) and click on Add a Property (2).
Specify the URL exactly as it appears in the browser bar, including the final / (forward-slash) mark. Here is an example:
If your site has an active SSL Certificate, then the URL you input MUST include https:// at the beginning. Double check that your website has an SSL active before inputting the full URL. You can easily verify this by opening your website and checking the URL bar for ‘https’ or just ‘http’.
If your site has an SSL Certificate active, then the URL you input must include https:// at the beginning.
The easiest method to verify your domain is with the use of an HTML file.
After completing the previous step, Google Search Console will automatically open the page for .html verification:
Download the HTML file (as seen above) and upload it to the website directory on your WPX Hosting account. The simple way to upload is to visit your File Manager inside your WPX account.
To access your File Manager, log in to your WPX Hosting account and go to
My Services (1) → WordPress Hosting (2) → File manager (3) and then open your file manager.
In your File Manager, simply drag and drop the HTML file you downloaded earlier into this menu:
With that done, return to Google Search Console, tick the reCAPTCHA box, and hit Verify:
When complete, you should see this message:
You’re now set up with Google Search Console – simple as that.
If you wish to add another new website to Google Search Console, then follow the above steps in this article.
Should you get stuck with any function discussed here, please contact WPX Support via live chat (use the bottom right hand widget!) and they will usually respond and help within 30 seconds or less.