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Google has become more integrated into the web and has developed their own process for ranking content. Designers and webmasters are working with new tools for handling webpage analytics and digital media. Recently the Google+ social network has allowed authors and writers to connect their blog accounts with Google.
After this is completed you will notice each author’s profile photo will appear in Google search results. This is a nice way of demonstrating who you are and what each writer has done on your website. Some users may have the personal search results turned off, but your account will still have all the benefits related to a Google Author profile. In this brief article I want to explain a couple solutions for connecting into Wordpress with Google Author accounts.
By searching in Google you can find a lot of specific Wordpress tutorials related around plugins. However there are not too many guides which explain an overview of the system, best practices, and just getting started with plugins in general. Thus I want to fill the void and hopefully offer some great tips for newcomers.
In this article I will present the methods of building a Wordpress plugin from top-to-bottom. We can look into just the minimum requirements for a plugin to exist, and then extend functionality as needed. The conventions are not overly complicated if you have a decent handle on PHP and the Wordpress syntax.