Heads up to all HostGator WP users!

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If you host with Hostgator and have recently used 1 click installs of WP make sure to check your privacy settings in your dashboard.


I had several sites that I was wondering what the hell was wrong. Looks like by default on install the WP installs have privacy set to block all spiders.

Unless you don't want any search traffic (but im sure you do).
#heads #hostgator #users
  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    Interesting. I set up Wordpress using Fantastico on HostGator a couple of weeks ago. I didn't even bother to check the privacy settings. On checking just now it is visible to everyone, including search engines.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
    So far it was at least happening from August 4th. on. I had created a few sites that day and I had to change them all.
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  • Profile picture of the author rob6188
    Yes, this is a very recent change. I have hostgator, and have to change my privacy settings now.

    Is this happening on other hosting companies as well?
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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    I've noticed that on new installations over the past week or so too. I was going to post about it, but I think there's another thread on the go here somewhere about it already. If I wasn't in the habit of editing the ping list thingy (where it now tells you that due to your privacy settings, there's no ping list thingy to edit), it's unlikely that I would have spotted it.

    Un-private privacy settings are meat and drink to the search engines, and Google loves them WordPress-flavoured. It makes me wonder if anything else vital has been mucked up that I haven't noticed.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sonja
      Yep I just realized that today too because I got a warning that I couldn't build a sitemap with the private privacy settings as is. I had to go click the radio button to allow the search engines to see my blog.

      I wonder what gives with that? If that warning hadn't popped up I wouldn't have known that it was set on private---that is until I finally checked it. :confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
    Yeah it would not have been a nice thing to find out a month from now after I've been working on the site I discovered it on.

    I contacted Hostgator staff via chat and he said he would notify his supervisor.

    I just see it as hurting a lot of newer people who may have just gotten started in the last month. And may be using WP. That is what I let the chat dude know.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael_Pergrem
      I have made a couple blogs and was wondering why they had been indexed! You just saved me a ton of time!

      Thank you so much!

      haha...
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  • HostGator or not... when you are setting up a new site you should always work from a checklist of Tasks that need to be completed.

    You should go through all your tasks one by one.

    Create a folder for all the plugins you use... upload them all immediately after installation of the WP Program.

    Then one by one go through your list. It is way to easy to forget something if you don't.

    Had you been working from a checklist this would not have slipped past you.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ricky Parker
      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingIQ View Post

      HostGator or not... when you are setting up a new site you should always work from a checklist of Tasks that need to be completed.

      You should go through all your tasks one by one.

      Create a folder for all the plugins you use... upload them all immediately after installation of the WP Program.

      Then one by one go through your list. It is way to easy to forget something if you don't.

      Had you been working from a checklist this would not have slipped past you.
      Thanks for the checklist and insight Yoda.

      My point of this post was to notify others since this had never been set to default in the past with them.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingIQ View Post

      HostGator or not... when you are setting up a new site you should always work from a checklist of Tasks that need to be completed.
      This is true, and something I've had to train myself to do as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author Julian Lockhart
        Yes I can confirm this as well.

        I did not realize that it was from Fastastico.

        Who sets up a blog and says "don't read me"

        Its like having a email optin box saying we will spam and share your email pre-checked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    Some hosts do have the setting default to private.

    Typically I set my blogs to private until I have the basic design and structure created, then I let 'em spider.

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  • Profile picture of the author Seekness
    Thanks a lot - I had no idea and just checked my three-day-old blog. Lo and behold, you were right.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dustin_M
    I have to give a HUGE thanks for pointing this out. I had 2 sites that were not ranking (which I attributed to be a noob). Of course, that stupid 'do not read me' button was checked. I cannot believe I missed that. Again, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author David Cavanagh
    Guys and Girls,

    Do what I've been doing and install it manually with Expert Wordpress!

    This is BY FAR a better option than Fantastico and you don't leave gigantic footprints for hackers.

    Expert Wordpress is free, unless you want to grab his videos (which I feel are very good).

    You can get it at Expert WordPress - Create A Blog - you won't regret it when you have as many sites as I've got, and sometimes out of the blue you get hacked by someone with language as good as 4am in the hotel carpark

    Let me know how you get on!

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    • Profile picture of the author Sandor Verebi
      Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post

      Guys and Girls,

      Do what I've been doing and install it manually with Expert Wordpress!

      This is BY FAR a better option than Fantastico and you don't leave gigantic footprints for hackers.

      Expert Wordpress is free, unless you want to grab his videos (which I feel are very good).

      You can get it at Expert WordPress - Create A Blog - you won't regret it when you have as many sites as I've got, and sometimes out of the blue you get hacked by someone with language as good as 4am in the hotel carpark

      Let me know how you get on!

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      Thanks, David. Let us not overcomplicate something what is possible to do more simply.

      Regards,

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  • Profile picture of the author Frankie D
    Not a problem here, I always go through a list of steps of cleaning up my blog before I start posting. And like to have the privacy setting to be set to no search engine, while I'm configuring my site.

    Thanks for the heads up anyway, that's what makes this place such a wonderful resource in the I.M.World.
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  • Profile picture of the author terryrayburn
    Where on the dashboard do you check these privacy settings?
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    • Profile picture of the author diggy20
      Originally Posted by terryrayburn View Post

      Where on the dashboard do you check these privacy settings?
      Settings > Privacy
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      • Profile picture of the author terryrayburn
        Originally Posted by diggy20 View Post

        Settings > Privacy
        Thanks, but am I looking at the same dashboard?

        I don't see "settings".
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        • Profile picture of the author Wade Watson
          Everybody should make it standard practice to check and tweak all settings at launch of a new WordPress Blog. You also want to make sure your comment settings are the way you want them, change your subhead from "Another WordPress Blog" and so forth. I hope nobody justs installs and starts writing content.

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          • Profile picture of the author jplanigan
            I just setup a two new blogs on my HG account Monday night. I found the same thing. I need to put a checklist together as suggested here as I would not have noticed this had I not been trying to figure out why analytics wasn't working. I just happened to notice the privacy settings while figuring out the other issue.

            Anyone have a decent checklist they would like to share as a baseline for our own?

            Patrick
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  • Profile picture of the author terryrayburn
    Nevermind. I realize now you're talking about the privacy settings in WP, not Hostgator!

    Duh...

    Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Arted4Life
    Thanks for the tip. Sometimes the info on this site is priceless.
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  • Profile picture of the author Xnode
    Thanks so much for pointing this out. I've been banging my head on the wall for a couple of weeks now wondering why my blog wasn't showing up in the results. I just looked and it was on private.
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    LOLZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    I feel really dumb sometimes
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    • Profile picture of the author CalGolden
      This has got to be one of those "scratch my head" moments. Now why the hell would Hostgator even do that? Don't those fools know that most webmasters that host blogs with their company WANT search engines to pay their sites a visit? This is beyond me.

      I launched 3 ass-stanking brand new blogs this month on my Hostgator account. Good thing that I out-source most of my install "grunt" work. My team is on the ball each and every time. My sites are spider bait out of the box.

      Good look, OP!
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  • Profile picture of the author peetred
    Holy Cow Batman! Thank you for this! I just realized why I am getting no search engine traffic. Most valuable info I have gotten all day, 10 stars for you!
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  • Profile picture of the author sega001
    thanks for the heads up man
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheryl Polomka
    I noticed this a couple of weeks ago after I couldn't work out why my site wasn't getting indexed. Then it was actually one of my customers that had purchased a site let me know that his site had the noindex nofollow code and I checked my own site and sure enough it was in there too.

    Took me a while to find it in the privacy settings and now I have that in my check list of things to do when I'm creating new sites.
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