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Can't Hide Blog Using Privacy Settings or Plug-Ins (33 posts)

  1. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello All,

    Please have mercy. I'm new to this. I've searched the forums and the web for solutions, and followed the directions, but there is obviously something I'm missing.

    Probably unlike the great majority of WordPress users, I want to build a website that can be viewed only by prospective employers that I invite. I don't want it to indexed by search engines, and I don't want the WordPress Sample Page ("My Blog: Just another WordPress site, etc.) to appear when someone navigates to my address.

    First, I adjusted the Privacy Settings: Dashboard > Settings > Site Visibility > Ask search engines to not index this file.

    Next, I chose Pages > Selected Sample Page > Quick Edit > Change from 'Published' to 'Draft'. I could still view the page from another computer.

    The publish date of this Sample Page is Jan. 4, 2012. I just started working with WordPress within the last few days. I changed the Date to Dec. 4, 2012. I could still see the page on another computer.

    I then put the Sample Page in the Trash. It is still viewable.

    I decided to research plug-ins. I installed a few, but admit I don't have a full grasp as to how they work. I Activated and Edited them as best I could: More Privacy Options, Robots Meta, WordPress Meta Robots, WP Maintenance Mode.

    My site is still visible. Please help.
    Thank you.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

  3. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you Esmi.

    Now I'm certain there's something I'm not doing. Something really, really basic.

    I installed Absolutely Private and activated it. That's all. All of the other Plug-Ins are installed and activated. My page is still visible. Am I supposed to Copy/Paste some of the code that appears in the text files of these plug-ins?

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Have you tried logging out and then viewing your site with the Absolutely Privacy plugin activated?

  5. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Esmi,

    Also, why would a Page still be visible if it's in Trash, or if it's been made 'Private', or designated as a 'Draft'?

    Thank you for your help.

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Can we please deal with one issue at a time? Have you tried logging out and then viewing your site with the Absolutely Privacy plugin activated?

  7. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I logged out earlier, but not after installing Absolute Privacy. Will do now...

  8. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    That seemed to make no difference. I logged out of WordPress, typed in my domain address in my browser's url field, and saw my page.

    Is there more to the Plug-In installation process that I'm not doing? Plugins > Add New > Search ("Privacy", "Private", etc.) > Select a plugin > Click 'Install' > Navigate to Installed Plugins > Choose 'Activate' for selected plugin.

    Is that all that should be done?

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Site url?

  10. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I don't think you have activated the absolute privacy plugin yet.

  12. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm in the WordPress Control Panel, in the Plugins Tab. After I installed it I chose 'Activate'. The only choices available now for Absolute Privacy are "Deactivate" and 'Edit'.

  13. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Go to Settings -> Absolute Privacy and configure the plugin. I suggest that you start with "Complete Lockdown".

  14. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    'Settings' that appears in the WordPress left-hand navigation Sidebar?
    (Dashboard, Jetpack, Posts, Media, Links, Pages, Comments, Appearance, Plugins, Users, Tools, Settings). Choosing 'Settings' leads to the General Settings page. No plugin options there.

  15. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    'Settings' that appears in the WordPress left-hand navigation Sidebar?

    Yes. There is an Absolute Privacy item in that sub-menu.

  16. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If I choose 'Plugins' from the list above and make my way to the list of Installed Plugins, Absolute Privacy appears. I click one of only two options, 'Edit' ('Deactivate' is the other), and see a vertically scrolling window of code. There is an Update File button at the bottom. I haven't edited any of this script.

    Is there a different Settings window?

  17. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    My last post overlapped with yours. I've activated Absolute Privacy, along with More Privacy Options. Robots Meta, and WP Maintenance Mode several times, individually and by using the Bulk Actions drop-down menu and Apply button that appear at the top of the page.

  18. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    No - not the Plugins sub-menu. The Settings sub-menu.

  19. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you, Esmi.

    I found the Settings sub-menu, and followed your steps. Absolute Privacy > Complete Lockdown.
    The page became invisible immediately.

    I was attempting to activate via the Plugins Tab, rather than the Settings tab.

    I would still like to know why WordPress didn't respond to the settings I applied in the Pages tab (Private, Draft, etc.) Is there another step I'm not following? Must I not rely on WordPress controls and only trust Plugins for this type of thing?

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    would still like to know why WordPress didn't respond to the settings I applied in the Pages tab (Private, Draft, etc.)

    Did you check by logging out at any time? Private Pages (for example) are only visible to logged in users.

  21. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yes, I did log out and then back in, both from my host's site and from WordPress. I also opened a different browser that had no cache or history from my site, and each time I'd see the blog Sample Page.

  22. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm sorry but I cannot replicate that at all. Private & Draft Posts/Pages are only visible to logged in users.

  23. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'd like to understand why the other settings didn't work, but in the meantime am grateful to just have Absolute Privacy working--thank you again. It's going to take me a while to get up and running, and I don't want my colleagues to see anything half-baked until I'm ready to reveal.

  24. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    If you haven't had enough of this, perhaps I can try to show you on my site?...

  25. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Let me demonstrate instead. Please try to view http://quirm.net/theme-downloads/

    You will see a 404 "Page Not Found" - because you are not logged into that site. I can view it (and monitor downloads of my themes) because I am logged in.

  26. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I'm turning off Absolute Privacy.

    On the Pages tab I see just two pages listed:
    1) Sample Page - Draft, Author is listed as me, Robots Meta = "index, follow"

    2) (no title) - Private, Robots Meta = '"noindex, nofollow"

  27. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Yikes, my last post overlapped yours again. Sorry about that. Will take a look at your link...

  28. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I viewed your link and saw the "Page Not Found" message.

    I just turned off Absolute Privacy, logged out, then navigated to my page and saw the Sample Page again. Sigh...

  29. jmwpnyc
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hi Esmi,
    I can only laugh at myself. As a site moderator, is it possible for you to delete the name of my url from this string? I didn't realize the Edit post option expires after a half-hour or so.

  30. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Sorry - no. It is not general policy to delete anything from posts except in extreme circumstances.

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