Privacy

There are just two options under Privacy (Figure 3-13), and you've seen them before: they appeared during the installation process, when you were asked if you wanted your blog to be visible to search engines.

If you choose I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors, WordPress does the following:

• Adds<meta name='robots' content='noindex,nofollow' />to your<head> content

• Responds to requests for a robots.txt file with one that disallows all user agents—but only if a robots.txt file doesn't already exist and WordPress is installed in your site root directory.

• Prevents you from pinging linked blogs or blog update services when writing a post.

• Hides the Update Services section on the Writing settings panel.

These privacy options apply only to search engine crawlers and other machines. They do not prevent human visitors from seeing your site. When you write posts and pages, you'll have the option to make them private or password-protected on an individual basis. If you want to make your whole WordPress site private, you'll need to install a plugin such as Members Only.

Figure 3-13. The Privacy Settings screen
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