How to Stop Search Engines from Crawling a WordPress Site

We’ve been asked if you can stop search engined from indexing a WordPress site by some of our users. This is mainly for sites just getting started or maintenance. In this article, we will show you how to stop search engines from crawling a WordPress site.

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To start we will log into the site and under Settings, Reading we will check the box to discourage search engines from indexing our site. This will let search engines know when they try to crawl the site that you request it not be added by the search engine.

Now, to protect the site we have a few options, to begin we will use the built-in password protection from our hosting provider. Log in and check for Password Protect Directories or Directory privacy and go there. Select the folder for your specific site or you can use the public html folder should you only have one site.

It will promtp you to choose a name for tne protected directory, then set up a username and password that will be required to view the site. When you view the site, every time you viist, a browser notification will pop up asking you for the login information you set.

For the other method we have two plugin options available, the first we will use is SeedProd linked above. Purchase the plugin, download the zip file, under Add New for plugins click the upload button and add the zip file there. As this is a pro plugin you would want to add your license key and you will be able to enable the coming soon mode for your site. The SeedProd plugin even gives you a bypass URL that will only allow users who have a specific url to visit your site.

If you would prefer a free plugin we would recommend the Password Protected plugin found here:

This plugin, once enabled, allows you to limit access to your site to admin or logged in users. Set the password that should be used and feel free to enable the allow Remember me so the password does not need to be continually entered.

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