How do I remove my site from being indexed by google? I don't it to be visible in search engines, instead just give my students a link to the moodle site.
Hello Ray, Nitin
That doesn't seem to be the case. I produced a site http://gelttp.com which is totally closed. The 'open to google' has always been set to 'no', but a google search for 'gelttp' puts the site in first place. It's not a particular problem for us, though.
I've come across two other ways of hiding your URL.
1. create a robot-blocking text document. See http://www.robotstxt.org/ for more details.
2. bury the moodle site at least 4 levels down. Apparently, robots often don't search below 3 levels. So if you embed your site like this it should be harder to find:
thanks for the trick,
I think, if it is just related to hide the domain or sub-domain name than it is not possible as it is a WWW and any registered domain or sub-domain would definetly be searched on any search engines..
there could be an another case where i don't want google to craul my moodle site content, so in this case - will "open to google" set to "No" won't disallow google to craul my site conent?
what do you think?
This is the text on moodle regarding google:
If you enable this setting, then Google will be allowed to enter your site as a Guest. In addition, people coming in to your site via a Google search will automatically be logged in as a Guest. Note that this only provides transparent access to courses that already allow guest access.
In other words, the setting is about entry to the moodle site, not about influence on search engine settings.
Hello Jeff and Nitin,
Thank you for replying to my inquiry, I'll try your suggestions later, a bit busy right now.
I appreciate your help.