Adding social contact methods to a WordPress user account admin panel doesn’t need to be difficult. If you have been around WordPress for a little while you may remember at one time there was more contact method fields, it even had some obscure ones like jabber and aim, but now there is just the bare minimum – email and website, Not even the more popular socialist sites, like Facebook and Twitter. And if you think about it it makes sense, even if WordPress could list all the different platforms, would you really want every site known, in your admin panel? Doubtful, instead WordPress leaves it up to us to
If you are going to add
rel="me" microformat markup to your social media and other third party profile pages.. And you should! You will no doubt be able to add them into a post or a page with little difficulty. The area that I found to be more troublesome and after I see how to accomplish it, don’t know why it wasn’t abundantly clear sooner. However it did cause me a bit of perplexity at first, thinking maybe I had to go into the files and add it, but alas it was just a setting in the dropdown and then the field appeared and made total sense. Why would WordPress not have a painless way to add this useful bit of information to our markup?
You have probably heard of and use the
rel="nofollow" tag or microformat in links that you don’t want search engines following. These links to external sites that you don’t want Google and other crawlers to follow because they aren’t relevant to your site’s structure. There are certain links that should be marked as
rel="me" in addition to
"nofollow" that go to 3rd party sites. these are sites links to the actual profile page that are about the same person as the page at hand. Because you have a GitHub page or a Facebook Page that are about the same person they should be marked as
rel="me" in the code.