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Opened 15 months ago

Last modified 15 months ago

#56595 new enhancement

Add a Site Health check for a non-virtual robots.txt file

Reported by: zodiac1978's profile zodiac1978 Owned by:
Milestone: Awaiting Review Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Site Health Keywords: needs-patch dev-feedback
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At WordCamp Nederland 2022 @joostdevalk held a talk about unnecessary bot traffic and how to prevent it.

One slide caught my interest:

Blocking those unneeded bots is easy in theory (there is a filter available to change the virtual robots.txt file), but is not easy to build, because we need to look at many use cases and edge cases.

For high traffic sites, it would be better to have a non-virtual robots.txt file, to prevent PHP/WordPress handling this.

But if we create a robots.txt file it is easily missed that now WordPress is not handling it anymore.

Therefore I suggest adding a check to Site Health if there is non-virtual robots.txt file in the root directory.

Maybe we could also add the content of this file in the info area and/or in the tools section of the plugin.

Happy to work on a patch if this idea gets confirmation.

Change History (1)

#1 @zodiac1978
15 months ago

  • Type changed from defect (bug) to enhancement
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