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  • Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

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    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    That’s a mapped domain, right?

    What happens if you go to the non-mapped URL?

    networksite.mainsite.com/robots.txt

    It is yes. The network sites are installed in sub directories.

    The mainsite.com/networksite automatically redirects to networksite.com.

    So mainsite.com/networksite/robots.txt redirects to networksite.com/robots.txt which goes to a 404 error page.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Do you have a non-mapped site to check with?

    Also which plugin are you using? Can you link to it?

    I am using Multisite Robots.txt Manager. Please see link below:

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/multisite-robotstxt-manager/

    I don’t have a non mapped site to check unfortunately.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    So make a test one 🙂

    In fact i did have one domain that wasn’t mapped yet. mainsite.com/networksite/robots.txt still 404’s.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    Okay then, it’s not mapped domains 🙂 It doesn’t like subfolders!

    Annnnd yeah, looks like we ran into this a year ago.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/pc-robotstxt/ works.

    I’m having the same issue…I just installed it and it doesn’t work – still got a 404 error for the subdirectory’s file.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    KGarrett – If it’s the same plugin, it’s apparently a known issue. If pc-robotstxt doesn’t work, make a new topic for yourself 🙂

    pc-robotstxt does also not work. Both the mapped domain and unmapped give me 404 error!

    Hello everyone…

    Currently the MS Robots.txt Manager Plugin doesn’t render the robots.txt file within directories. However, the next release of the plugin renders the robots.txt file within a directory. It should be ready in the next day or two.

    Now…. the robots.txt file shouldn’t be in a directory at all. Spiders only read robots.txt files from the root of the Website. This is why WordPress itself, doesn’t render the robots.txt file within directories.

    Hope that helps clear up some confusion…

    ~Chris

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    Lead Plugin Wrangler

    That makes a ton of sense, tribalNerd 🙂 Thanks!

    tribalNerb, you’re a ledge! Thanks for the info.

    @tribalnerd: Any roadmap for the update? I have the same problem and I’d really like the plugin to work. I’ve got a mapped domain (based on a subfolder network installation) and the robots.txt doesn’t render correctly. If I change the URL in the network admin sitemanager, it does render, but that breaks the WordPress admin interface.

    I’m running a multisite instance with 6 sites, 5 of them are working correctly but one is sending me to a 404 page. Any idea what could cause this?

    And yes they are mapped and when I remove mapping so it’s in the subfolder that one site still breaks.

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