Your Site’s No-Index Robots Settings

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When a developer builds a website, any website, and is doing so on a public server, they will normally set their site to ‘no-index’.  This is a tag that tell Google and other search engine robots ‘DON’T LIST MY SITE ON YOUR SEARCH RESULTS’.

Reversely, you’ve just had your website put live, a few weeks go by, and you can’t find it at all anywhere in google despite googling site:mysite.com. It may be worth to check whether you haven’t accidentally omitted allowing Google to now index your website!

It’s a simple html tag added to the head of each page – it looks something like this:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

If you are not familiar with what to do or where to place this code, most CMS platforms have a simple ‘checkbox’ that enables / disables this functionality.

WordPress No-Index Robots Settings:

Navigate to SETTINGS > READING. Go down and check (or uncheck) the ‘discourage search engines’ checkbox (usually will be at the bottom of the page).

wordpress no index functionality

Joomla No-Index Robots Settings:

Navigate to SITE > GLOBAL CONFIGURATION. Go down to the ‘meta data’ box and where it says ‘robots’, adjust the dropdown next to it as required.

joomla-site-no-index

Magento No-Index Robots Settings:

Navigate to SYSTEM > CONFIGURATION > DESIGN. Navigate to and open up the ‘HTML HEAD’ box.

Find the ‘default robots’ box and adjust the dropdown box next to to it as required.

magento no index settings

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