Privacy Options

Making Your Website Public

When your website was created, the Privacy option was set to “Search Engines Discouraged“. This feature also blocks your website from being listed in our Website Directory. Privacy was turned on to give you time to populate your website with your own content before being open to Search Engines and the directory listing. When you are ready to make your website more available, follow the steps below.

  1. From your Dashboard, select Search Engines Discouraged in the Admin bar at the top or in the Right Now box.
    Search Engines Discouraged

    Alternately, you can select Settings > Reading from the tools on the bottom left.
    Settings > Reading
  2. In the Reading Settings section, select “Allow search engines to index this site” next to Site Visibility.
  3. Click Save Changes.
    Site Visibility

Note: It can take 4-6 weeks or more after you change the settings for Google to index your site. You can manually submit your site to possibly speed up the process. OIT has no control over when Google or other search engines index your site.

Privacy Options on Pages and Posts

Even if your website is publicly available, you can make specific Pages and Posts private in one of two ways.

Note: This only affect a Page or Post on an individual basis.

Marking Pages and Posts Private

This method will make the Page or Post available to only members of your website with the role of Editor or Administrator.

  1. While editing your Post or Page, click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish box.
    Visibility Options
  2. Select Private and click OK.
    Private Page
  3. Publish your Page or Post.
  4. Your Page or Post is now Private. This means that only members of your website (Editors and Administrators) who are logged in will be able to see the content. Anyone else will receive a “Not Found” message.

Password Protect Pages and Posts

You may also password protect Pages and Posts. This will allow non-members of your website access if they know the password.

Anyone who knows the password will be able to see the content.

  1. While editing your Post or Page, click Edit next to Visibility in the Publish box.
    Visibility Options
  2. Select Password protected and type a password in the box.
    Password Protected
  3. Click OK to establish the password setting.
  4. Click Update to Publish your Post or Page.
  5. Your Post or Page will be marked as Protected and require visitors to type in the password.