[theme-reviewers] Webmaster Tools IDs - plugin territory?

Jason Clarke jgc at jasonclarke.org
Mon Jul 15 00:10:20 UTC 2013

1) To enable site verification within Webmaster tools so that a site owner
can track data about the site (similar to Analytics)
2) No, the Webmaster Tools association is only for site management purposes
(similar to Analytics)
3) The end user would only be impacted in the indirect sense that if a site
owner uses Webmaster Tools, and the site unintentionally becomes blocked by
browsers' malware warning, having an existing Webmaster Tools association
can be a much faster path to restoring the site in Google's eyes and having
the malware warning removed.

It seems third-party associations such as Webmaster Tools IDs are similar
to Analytics snippets and therefore, it would seem based on the previous
Analytics snippet discussion here (
not allowed in theme options.

On Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> Partly rhetorical questions:
> 1) What is the purpose of Google Webmaster Tools and Alexa?
> 2) Do those things impact the presentation of user content?
> 3) Would the end user be adversely impacted if those things were lost when
> switching Themes?
> On Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 7:28 PM, Jason Clarke <jgc at jasonclarke.org> wrote:
>> Hi Admins,
>> Long-time listener, first-time caller here- in reviewing my first theme,
>> I remembered a recent list discussion on how Analytics-specific fields in
>> themes are not allowed because they're considered plugin territory.
>> On a related note, I'm assuming that other similar fields such as "Google
>> Webmaster Tools ID" and "Alexa ID" are also plugin territory- can the
>> admins confirm this is the case?
>> Thank you!
>> Jason
>> PS - As a side/related note, it would be super helpful if the list
>> archives where somehow searchable - that might be one more avenue for
>> newbies like myself to check before emailing the list (assuming guidelines
>> haven't changed).
>> --
>> Jason Clarke
>> http://jasonclarke.org
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