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[resolved] Google bot or other spider (2 posts)

  1. Kaehla
    Posted 11 months ago #


    First I'm really pleased to use your plugin. Thank.

    I have a problem with the bots like google bot, they download my files and I will wish that they could not do it.

    Do you have any solutions to prevent this?


  2. A5hleyRich
    Plugin Author

    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi there,

    Sorry for the delayed response. I have added the nofollow attribute to download links in the latest update, which should hopefully discourage most genuine crawlers from following the links. However, this is relying that the crawler considers the attribute. I would therefore like to add some crawler detection once a link has been clicked which will check the user agent against a known list of bots. That said, there is no real fool proof way of achieving this as we are still relying on the crawler's integrity in that they identify themselves as a bot.

    If you have any access logs for the download files I could take a look at that would be really useful.




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