Verifying your Blog with another service
I’m currently building an app and it’s crucial to allow blog writers to verify their blog with a meta tag. I’m very curious why wordpress.com only allows 3 services to verify (Pinterest, Bing, and Google).
Why not add 2 input fields for meta name and meta content with an add button so my app and other apps can verify blogs?
If this cannot be done by wordpress.com because of a security risk I am not aware of, is it possible to do the following (via oauth & api) assuming it’s a blog with multiple authors:
1. check if user is the writer he/she claims to be. Note: it has to be the name in the rss feed.
2. check if user is the owner of the blog.
Does anyone know the answer or someone else that could help?
Well WordPress.com only offers the three services, because they have limited control for users to their sites meta-data. Maybe that’s for security reasons, I don’t know, but they have obviously made a decision to only allow these three sources of meta content (though they may add something in the future).
There are other ways to verify ownership of a site, like for example asking them to put the claim code in the top of a post (which is what Technorati does), and then they can delete it.
Thank you for your response.
Could you elaborate? “limited control for users to their sites meta-data”
Have you researched the difference between WordPress.org and wordpress.com? Have you contacted Automattic?
I know .com is the hosting provider and .org is the open-source platform. For something like inserting a meta tag in the html head, I would assume wordpress.com has control of that.
I haven’t contacted Automattic. Would that be the best option?
Anyone that has a WP.ORG install can just paste the code into the Theme in the correct place – the WP.ORG code does not need to be modified, in fact it is greatly advised to NEVER change the WP.ORG code as all the changes need to be added back in for the next upgrade
Thanks for your response auxclass,
but I need to verify blogs that are hosted in wordpress.com.
I’ll try contacting Automattic (http://automattic.com/contact/) and see if they get back to me.
The best option is researching contact details for Automattic.com. They are on the corporate website.
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