How to Get Started with Google+ Pages and WordPress
Today Google launched Google + Pages, making it possible for us to set up our very own WPMU.org page on Google +! As if that wasn’t exciting enough, I’m going to walk you through the process of setting up your Google + page for your own business.
[Update: You don’t even need to integrate your Google+ Page manually anymore. You can use our snazzy free Google + plugin!]
Just What Is a Google + Page?
Well, it’s pretty much a Facebook page but on Google +. So like Facebook but with awesome video chat and minus Farmville and Mafia Wars….. and your mum. I reckon that’s the best way to describe it. You can check out this lamoid video from Google that tells you a bit more:
Before you get started you should have:
- Business name and website address
- A logo or image for your page
Let’s go, you crazy hipsters!
1. Create Your Page Type
You’ve got five options for setting up your page:
- Local Business or Place
- Product or Brand
- Company, Organization or Institution
- Arts, Entertainment or Sport
For setting up the WPMU.org page I’m going to choose “Other”.
2. Add Your Info
Now you’ve got to add your basic information. You’ll need:
- Choose the type of user it’s appropriate for
- Choose whether you want to receive updates
- Agree to Terms of Service
3. Customize Your Page
Now you want to add a tagline and your logo or image. You can drag and drop your image from your desktop to G+.
4. Spread the Word
Now you can tell the world about your new page by sharing it with your Circles.
5. Add a Badge
To make it easy for people to find your page you’ll need to add a badge to you website. You can see our new G+ badge in the top right of our header. Don’t worry. We’ll be sexying up that thing pretty soon!
On the first landing page after setting up your page you’ll see a section that says “Connect Your Website”. Click on “Get the badge”.
Now you can choose your badge. Unfortunately the standard badge and small badge are not yet available :( Instead you can choose a big, lumpy icon.
You have two pieces of code that you need to add to your WordPress theme:
- Add to your website’s header – this lets Google know that you are the official owner of that page
- Add a piece of code where you want the badge to appear
Grab the first piece of code and, in your WordPress installation, navigate to Appearance > Editor
Look for the header.php file:
Note: You can also do this via FTP by finding the file wp-content/themes/your-current-theme/header.php
Copy the first piece of code into your header.php inside the
You need to grab the next piece of code and insert it where you want the badge to appear. If you’re not comfortable inserting it into your template file the simplest thing to do is to insert it into a blank text widget.
And here it is in action on Twenty Eleven.
Now you’re ready to go with Google + Pages. And don’t forget, you can add us to your Circles! You can expect more G+ tips from us in the near future.