How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

After setting up your WordPress website, you need to submit it to all the major search engines including Google Yandex, etc.

No doubt that people submit their websites to Pinterest, too. But the problem occurs when they don't know the convenient way to accomplish such a task.

Many WordPress users try to use a plugin, but why would you use a plugin merely to verify your site. There are other methods which require no plugin.

You may get an option to add the <meta> tag to the header area of your WordPress website; it can be tricky for the non-techie users.

So, it's better to use the method Google recommends. According to Google, you should upload the HTML file to the root directory of your site, and you can do it using cPanel.

In this tutorial, you're going to learn the straightforward method to upload the verification file to the root directory using cPanel.

Learn to Upload the Verification File to the Root Directory

Whenever you think to start a WordPress site, you worry more about indexing it in Google. To do so, you require to submit your website and verify it.

The similar thing happens when you try to submit your website to Yandex or Bing. Let me give you an example.

If you open the Google Search Console, you see a button to "add property", a popup appears where you fill in the website URL.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

To proceed, you see a few options to verify your website, but Google recommends to download the HTML file to your computer and upload it to the root directory of your domain.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

Before clicking on the Verify button, you need to upload the file. For which, follow the steps.

Step 1:

Open the cPanel and search for the file manager, as usual, it can appear differently because of the layout of cPanel differs depending on the web hosting company you have.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

Step 2:

It's possible that you see the home directory, but you need to open the root directory. You should know that public_html is also called the root directory.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

Click on public_html from the left-hand sidebar.

Note: If you run more than one website on the same server, you need to open the respective folder. Even if you have a subdomain, the WordPress installation is available in a different folder.

Step 3:

Once you open public_html, you need to click on the Upload option from the horizontal navigation of cPanel.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

Step 4:

A new tab appears on the browser, where you can see an option to select a file from your computer. Choose the file you downloaded from Google Search Console, and upload it.

Go back to the root directory and refresh the page.

Step 5:

Now, proceed the verification by clicking on the Verify button from Google Search Console.

You have successfully verified your WordPress website, and to index it, you need to submit the sitemap.

How to Verify Your Site for Pinterest and Other Search Engines

As I have mentioned earlier, you need to upload the file just like Google. When you add the URL of your website to submit to Pinterest, Yandex, Bing, or other search engines, you get a file to download in your computer.

Follow the same steps as you did for Google Search Console and upload the file using cPanel. Within a few minutes, you can verify your WordPress site.

Let me show you an example of how a website looks after verifying for Pinterest. If you see the URL of your site on the home page of your profile, hover the mouse and you see the current status.

How to Verify Your WordPress Website Using cPanel

You can see "This website has been claimed" message in the box, it means you have successfully verified your website.

You can follow the similar process for any search engine, each verification requires you to upload the file to the root directory of your WordPress site.


Depending on the platform, on which you submit your website, you can verify it using cPanel. Now and then, you may require to upload a file.

I hope it's not that difficult to accomplish such a task and you can easily verify your website.

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