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Closed 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#27628 closed enhancement (fixed)

Discourage search engines setup/config inconsistency

Reported by: clorith's profile Clorith Owned by: ocean90's profile ocean90
Milestone: 4.4 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.8.1
Component: General Keywords: has-patch has-screenshots
Focuses: administration Cc:


When setting up your WordPress site, you are provided with a checkbox stating Allow search engines to index this site, often unchecked during setup while preparing your site (or at least this is how I personally use this feature).

Once under Settings > Reading the same option occurs, but in reverse, here it states Discourage search engines from indexing this site, this time checking it to achieve the same behavior.

I can see that both wordings are used if the blog_privacy_selector hook is triggered, here it makes sense to have both wordings since it is a set of radio inputs, one to allow and one to discourage, but for the (now) default checkbox it feels like keeping the wording consistent would be beneficial.

Attachments (4)

27628.patch (973 bytes) - added by Clorith 10 years ago.
27628-login-after.png (215.6 KB) - added by ocean90 9 years ago.
27628.2.patch (3.0 KB) - added by ocean90 9 years ago.
27628-login-before.png (211.1 KB) - added by ocean90 9 years ago.

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Change History (15)

10 years ago

#1 @Clorith
10 years ago

  • Keywords ux-feedback has-patch dev-feedback added

#2 @SergeyBiryukov
10 years ago

27628.patch would revert a part of [21851]. See #16416, specifically comment:44:ticket:16416.

#3 @Clorith
10 years ago

Ahh yes, I see. Maybe the wording of the setup should be the one changed to reflect the Settings option then, unless more consideration has been put into removing it from the install?

#4 @ocean90
9 years ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 4.4
  • Owner set to ocean90
  • Status changed from new to accepted

9 years ago

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core by ocean90. View the logs.

9 years ago

#6 @ocean90
9 years ago

@nacin @SergeyBiryukov Any thoughts on this?

#7 @DrewAPicture
9 years ago

+1 for changing the string on the install page to match the setting.

If I remember correctly, we went with the "discourage" vernacular in settings explicitly because "Allow" implies that you have ultimate control over whether search engines index your site, which isn't really true. The subtext of "It is up to search engines to honor this request" along with "Discourage" makes that relationship clearer.

#8 @ocean90
9 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed

In 34752:

Install: Replace the "Privacy" setting with the "Search Engine Visibility" setting from Reading Settings.

Props Clorith, ocean90.
Fixes #27628.
See #16416.

#9 @ocean90
9 years ago

  • Keywords has-screenshots added; ux-feedback dev-feedback removed

#10 @pavelevap
9 years ago

This should be also applied for Multisite and creating blogs? Is there any related ticket except #29305 (focused only on i18n)?

#11 @DrewAPicture
9 years ago

@pavelevap Opened #34149.

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