HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR WORDPRESS SITE
First step is to ask your digital media agency for access. Tell them you want to be set up as a user in WordPress with Administrative Access. If they comply, you will get an email from your WordPress site with your user name and a link. This link will take you to you a page that lets you reset your password.
Write down your user name and password, and don’t misplace the information.
Navigate to the lefthand panel and click on “Users”
This will take you to the All Users page. You should see your User profile here. Look to see what your role is. You should be designated as an Administrator; if you are anything else (like “Author” or “Subscriber”), ask your agency to update you to Administrator.
What if your agency doesn’t grant access? If your agency declines to give you access, this is the point where you know you have to get rid of them, but you want to do this after you’ve secured access to your collateral.
To get access to WordPress without your agency’s help, you can:
Log into your web host. Most hosting companies provide direct access to WordPress in their console. Ask customer support for help accessing it if you’re having trouble. After you log into WordPress from your web host, navigate to Users and you should see your Administrator login information there. If there isn’t one in your name, add a new user profile for yourself.
What if you don’t have access to your web host? If you don’t have access to your hosting provider, then you need to contact them. You can find out where your website is hosted by using this tool: https://www.whoishostingthis.com/
Contact them and explain the situation. They will ask you various questions to prove your identity and ownership. If your credit card is on file for payment, it should be relatively easy to get access.
What if you host your website with your digital marketing agency? Well, then you might be in a pickle. If anyone reading this has suggestions about what to do in this scenario, please contact me!
HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR GOOGLE ANALYTICS
First, ask your agency to create a user profile with full administrative access. If you don’t have access to your Google Analytics account, likely your digital agency set it up for you.
When you ask them to create your Google Analytics user profile, let them know you want to be able to Edit, Collaborate, Read & Analyze, and Manage Users.
What if your agency doesn’t create a Google Analytics user profile for you? If your agency won’t give you full access, then you need to contact Google.
Google can help you get access if you do the following:
- Set-up a Google Ads account. You can set-up an account without running ads.
- Complete the customer form found here
- You will need to supply the UA-XXXX-Y of the account you require access to. You can find this UA number in your website’s code. If you’re not able to find the UA number, just provide Google with your web address when you submit the form.
- Once Google has your request, they will get in touch with you over email. Google has its own process for getting you access and verifying your ownership. You can read the full description of the process here
(If you find this process to be too daunting or time-consuming, please reach out to Digital Dynamo and we can help you)
HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH CONSOLE
As always, the first step should be to ask your agency to add you as a user with full access.
When you ask your agency to grant you user access to Google Search Console (GSC), you will need to give them a valid Google account email address. This can either be a Gmail account or an email you have set-up through G-Suite.
What if your agency won’t grant access? You can bypass your agency and get access to your GSC by doing the following:
If you have access to your website then follow the steps here.
If you don’t have access to your website: First get access to your website by following the instructions under HOW TO GAIN ACCESS TO YOUR WORDPRESS SITE. Then follow the steps outlined here.
(If you need help with this, please reach out to Digital Dynamo for assistance)