If they cannot figure it out why search engines are not indexing there site than they are not worth having a site.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.
Yeah it is a good tip.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.
I think you are right.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..."
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.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.