In the brave new world of Google, great integration with Google+ is mandatory for all webmasters who want to get as much traffic as possible. If adding the rel="publisher" attribute to a website is done with the Meta Tags module, it seems that there's no official way for supporting the rel="author" attribute. For those of you who don't know about I am talking about, read this article from Google: Author information in search results

Apparently support will be included in Drupal 8. I've seen some discussions about adding this to the Drupal 8 core.

But how to implement this in Drupal 7?

I am asking this as a noob in customizing the insides of Drupal. So, if you have some good ideas, please keep this in mind.

Appreciate your ideas.


5 Answers 5


The rel=author property is now supported by the Drupal 7 Metatags module dev version.

After installing the metatags module (http://drupal.org/project/metatag), go to admin/config/search/metatags, and edit the front-page or one of the node pages. Under 'Advanced' you will see the author and publisher fields where you can input your google+ page URL. On the following screenshot, I've marked the places you need to change the configuration in pink.

Metatags frontpage configuration page:

Here is my screenshot - configuration is marked in pink

  • Thanks for pointing this out, way less complicated to make a token and have people input it this way. Commented Mar 25, 2013 at 14:28

Using ideas from the rdf_preprocess_node() function that Dave Hall linked you could implement it this way (code goes into your theme's template.php file):

function mytheme_preprocess_node(&$variables) {
  if ($variables['page']) {
    $account = user_load($variables['uid']);
    $title = $account->name;

    $author_info = array(
      '#tag' => 'link',
      '#attributes' => array(
        'rel' => 'author',
        'href' => 'http://localhost',
        'title' => $title,

    drupal_add_html_head($author_info, 'author');

This adds the necessary link into the head section of full node pages. I used the node author's id to get the necessary user data. You'd probably want to add a website field for users that you could use here to get a complete solution.

  • So, i should add a field for each user where the Google+ Profile link information is stored? Also, sorry for my ignorance here - is there a specific name I should give to that field? Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 19:47
  • @CorporateGeek Yeah I think that would be a good approach and the field name doesn't really matter. The Profile2 module seems to be suitable for the field addition. I might be off here, but you could probably use $page = $account->field_myfieldname['und'][0]['value']; to get the value later in the code to add it to the 'href' attribute.
    – Madis
    Commented Jan 22, 2012 at 23:11
  • There is actually no need for the Profile2 module in Drupal 7 as field support for users comes with core already (admin/config/people/accounts/fields).
    – Madis
    Commented Jan 23, 2012 at 22:52
  • This is an excellent approach. The only thing I changed was to use if ($node = menu_get_object()) { if($node->type == "blog") { ... to test for my blog content type. Thanks! I also like the idea of adding a field for the G+ URL if there's more than one user on a site, that way it's fully dynamic. Commented Aug 5, 2013 at 22:17

Implementing hook_preprocess_node() in a module or your theme should do it. Check out the rdf module's implementation for some inspiration. http://api.drupal.org/api/drupal/modules--rdf--rdf.module/function/rdf_preprocess_node/7

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    Is it possible to provide a bit more guidance, for the folks who are not really technical? Commented Jan 14, 2012 at 10:21

I know I'm late to the party, but I'm answering this for people who land on this page in search of a solution.

There is now a Google Authorship module.

function themename_preprocess_username(&$vars) {
  // Username is linked, use the link_attributes to inject the rel attribute
  if (isset($vars['link_path'])) {
    $vars['link_attributes']['rel'][] = 'author';
  // Username is NOT linked, use the attributes_array to inject the rel attribute
  else {
    $vars['attributes_array']['rel'][] = 'author';

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