Heads up for those installing wordpress with Fantastico (atleast at Hostgator)

jeffdonk

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The default value for wordpress is set to:
"I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors"."

No idea why it's got that as default, I didn't even see it before I installed the xml sitemap plugin.
 

risefromdeath

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common..so whats the issue? just goto dashboard and change it,.,.
thats it
 

jeffdonk

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My guess is that alot of people don't know it and might end up with a site that's blocking google etc from indexing it. It's easy to change, as long as you know you have to change it.
 

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My guess is that alot of people don't know it and might end up with a site that's blocking google etc from indexing it. It's easy to change, as long as you know you have to change it.
If they cannot figure it out why search engines are not indexing there site than they are not worth having a site.
 

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Well that's kinda rude....

I don't think alot of ppl know or know how to undo it.

It was nice of the OP to let everyone know. :)
 

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its not just for hostgator i think... Anyways.. the first thing u do after installation is go through the settings n options where u can spot this..
 

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As soon as you set up a wordpress blog you should be going through all the setting as a matter of course anyway. Even just to see what they all do.
Just common sense.
 

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With Wordpress 2.9.2 that is provided by HostGator, the option is now enabled (allow google indexing) by default, however it is always a good idea to review all your settings for a new blog just in case.
 

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To be fair, this is a good tip for noobs and forgetfull people like me :) There's many a site I've promoted like crazy only to have forgotten to change that setting at the end. Thanks JeffDonk.
 

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To be fair, this is a good tip for noobs and forgetfull people like me :) There's many a site I've promoted like crazy only to have forgotten to change that setting at the end. Thanks JeffDonk.
Yeah it is a good tip.

Not only should you be aware of this setting, but if it is not set to block search engines by default, you should go in and set it that way.

You should leave it set that way until after you get the wp set up how you want, and get some content added. Once you have some content then go back and set it to allow indexing.

I usually set my .htaccess file to block access whenever I set up a new domain, and then leave it set that way till after it's a complete site. It doesn't mean you won't add more later, but g00gle likes completed sites.

But yeah, be sure to unblock it before you start promoting it. lol
 

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It has nothing to do with your hosting or Fantastico.

It was a default setting in WP itself.
There were a lot of complaints about it so since the current version (or perhaps the previous one) they have changed the default setting back to "open all doors and spiders come on in..."
 

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It has nothing to do with your hosting or Fantastico.

It was a default setting in WP itself.
There were a lot of complaints about it so since the current version (or perhaps the previous one) they have changed the default setting back to "open all doors and spiders come on in..."
I think you are right.

I think WP has actually changed it back with the latest versions.
 

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using Fantastico is the easiest way to do it...i know from my own experience because i also use hostgator....
 

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I prefer it to be set that way.

I also disable / remove URLs from the automatic Pinging feature until I'm finished with the site.

There is no need to invite Search Engines to check out your site and rank you for Hello World! keywords :p
 

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The default value for wordpress is set to:
"I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors"."

No idea why it's got that as default, I didn't even see it before I installed the xml sitemap plugin.
Why would you allow spiders on a FRESH, just installed site? This is why its blocked first. You make your site, and when then site is FINISHED you open up for spiders.
 

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I don't think the problem is weather we think it's a good idea let google index your site at the start, it's the fact that the default has changed from one wordpress version to another. Most people who are used to using wordpress do not know about the privacy option, and when it changed, they were totally oblivious, and scampering around trying to find out why google is not indexing them.

Most IMs know about this feature, and make a habit of disabling when setting up their blogs, but a majority of wordpress users are clueless, unfortunately.
 

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guys,i am trying the same thing,is there any support on installing wp in hostgator,i am searching for it everywhere like youtube and all.
 

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guys,i am trying the same thing,is there any support on installing wp in hostgator,i am searching for it everywhere like youtube and all.
what's there to know? you just click install and fill out the fields
 
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