Posted: 01 Jul 2013 11:57 AM PDT
Webmaster level: All
Today we're unveiling a shiny new navigation in Webmaster Tools. The update will make the features you already use easier to find, as well as unveil some exciting additions.
Navigation reflects how search worksWe've organized the Webmaster Tools features in groups that match the stages of search:
Account-level administrative tasks now accessible from the Settings menuAccount-level admin tasks such as setting User permissions, Site Settings, and Change of Address are now grouped under the gear icon in the top right corner so they're always accessible to you:
This is the list of items as visible to site owners, "full" or "restricted" users will see a subset of these options. For example, if you're a "restricted" user for a site, the "Users & Site Owners" menu item will not appear.
New Search Appearance pop-upBeginner webmasters will appreciate the new Search Appearance pop-up, which can be used to visualize how your site may appear in search and learn more about the content or structure changes that may help to influence each element:
To access the pop-up window, click on the question mark icon next to the Search Appearance menu in the side navigation.
It includes the essential search result elements like title, snippet and URL, as well as optional elements such as sitelinks, breadcrumbs, search within a site, event and product rich snippets, and authorship information.
We hope the new navigation makes it easier for you to make the most of Webmaster Tools. As always, if you have additional questions, feel free to post in the Webmaster Help Forum.
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