Hi. I’m new both to WordPress and your Newscast theme, but I have just created a new site. Since it’s on a ‘live’ domain I wanted to tell the search engines to go away for now.
Wp-admin gives control over this at settings / privacy / site visibility
but when I chose the option “I would like to block search engines, but allow normal visitors”, which I would expect to set meta name=”robots” to noindex,nofollow, view source showed it was still index,follow. That’s on the root of the site, still with no content, other than default.
Doing my own investigation it looks like the function khelper_follow_nofollow() in lots_of_small_helpers.php is not taking account of the wp-admin setting and is just writing this meta tag according to it’s own logic.
For a staging site where you need to have it on a live server but keep out prying eyes, I’d recommend the Restricted Site Access plugin; this will give you the option of blocking / redirecting visitors without access either by IP (or IP range) or by logging in.
In due course the khelper_follow_nofollow function will probably be updated to include WP settings but for now the plugin is probably the best way forward.
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