How to Add Google+ to Your Joomla Website

One of the hottest things on the web at the moment is Google+, it seems that everyone wants to have it on his website in order to drive more traffic. There is currently a Google+ craze the same way there was a Facebook Like craze a couple of years ago.

In our opinion, Google+ will not only drive traffic to your Joomla website through the social networks, but it will also directly increase your SEO standings, this is Google is now using the social importance of a page (how many times the page was liked, plused, tweeted, etc…) as a factor in its page ranking algorithm.

Now let’s get to the crust of the matter, how do you add Google+ to your Joomla website?

Well, it’s very simple, all you need to do is the following:

  • Download the Google+ plugin (developed by itoctopus) from here (file size is 1.3 KB – do not unzip to install)
  • Install this plugin on your website:

    • Login to your Joomla’s control panel using a super administrator account
    • Click on Extensions, Install/Uninstall on the upper menu
    • Click on Browse next to Package File and then choose the file from your computer
    • Click on Upload File & Install
    • You should see the following messages if the install is successful:
      • Install Plugin Success (just below the Extension Manager header) and
      • This plugin displays the Google+ button on your content pages. Developed by itoctopus ( ). itoctopus claims no warranty whatsoever for this product. below the above message
  • Activate this plugin on your website:

    • Go to Extensions, Plugin Manager and click on the red icon next to googleplus on your website.
  • You’re done! You should now be able to see the Google+ widget on all your content pages!

If you’re having problems with this plugin or if you want to tweak it, then feel free to contact us, and we’ll have help you. Note that our fees will apply in this case. Additionally, please note that this plugin is developed for the Joomla 1.5 version, if you have a more recent version of Joomla where you need to install this plugin, then please contact us and we’ll do it for you (our reasonable fees will also apply).

Quick thing to add: Our Google+ Joomla plugin is very light, it doesn’t add unnecessary overhead to your website and it doesn’t promote our business in any way. We hope you’ll find it useful!

Disclaimer: Although we have developed this plugin at itoctopus, we claim no responsibility/warranty whatsoever for it. By using this Joomla plugin, you are agreeing to these terms.

3 Responses to “How to Add Google+ to Your Joomla Website”
  1. Comment by Andy — May 28, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    Have joomla 2.5.Installed with steps as stated now cannot access website.

    Fatal error: Call to a member function registerEvent() on a non-object in /home/content/42/8656842/html/plugins/content/googleplus/googleplus.php on line 15

    both main page and admin .. so I cannot undo …

  2. Comment by Fadi — May 28, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Hi Andy,

    As stated in the post, this googleplus plugin only works for Joomla 1.5.x. We will need to fix your problem. Please contact us to do that for you!

  3. Comment by Chris — March 15, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

    Installed the G+ widget into my Joomla 1.5.x site, but not sure the G+ widgets are doing anything when clicked? How can you tell it’s doing something?

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