What does the Privacy Option do? (6 posts)

  1. jwurster
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What does WP do when each option is selected?
    Thank you, jim

  2. Jupitercow
    Posted 9 years ago #

    this option:
    "I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors"

    adds this code to the header of your site:
    "<meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />"

    This tells the spiders not to index your site which ideally keeps it out of search engines and any other indexes.

    The other option does not do this.

    I use this this option on test sites or sites i under initial construction to keep them out of search engines before i want to go live.

    You could also use it if you only really want to be found by your friends who you give the url to.

  3. jwurster
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thank you for the explanation. After installing wp 2.1.3, I selected the block search engines because of the tremendous bandwidth problem I had last month. This option seems to have stopped GoogleBot and InktomiSlurp from crawling my site and causing my bandwidth to be exceeded. I'll keep monitoring it.

  4. jodypage
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Quick question - If my blog is installed on a sub-domain of my core domain and I elect to "block search engines but allow normal visitors," will search engines still spider my core domain? I only want to stop robots from indexing my blog.


  5. markdw
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It should just stop the crawlers from indexing our blog. I ran a blog like this for a while and it worked OK. The main site (e.g. http://www.mainsite.com) was indexed, but the sub domain (e.g. http://www.blog.mainsite.com) was not.

  6. jodypage
    Posted 9 years ago #

    That's reassuring. I'll give it a whirl. Thanks!

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