How to Hide Your WordPress Site from Search Engines

A blond girl with hands over her face hiding and text: How to Hide Your WordPress Site from Search Engines

Do you know how to hide your WordPress site from search engines? Or why you would even want to? This short post will answer both of these questions.

Have you ever done an internet search and clicked on a link in the results page that took you to an unfinished, or worse yet, empty WordPress site?

The first time that happened to me I couldn’t understand why bloggers would allow their work-in-process to be discovered on the internet.

Then one day I was testing SEO on my live website and came across a development site of mine that was in process. Not good!

These days websites get indexed so quickly that it’s really important to hide your WordPress site from search engines while you are developing it.

Here’s how:

1. Click on Settings –> Reading:

WordPress Settings

2. Check the “Discourage search engines from indexing this site” checkbox:

hide your WordPress site

Now there is a chance that the search engine will ignore this directive. So it’s not a foolproof solution.

You can also put your site in maintenance mode in which case your content is completely blocked by a maintenance page.

Here’s a quick video tutorial that will show you how to hide your WordPress site by using the WordPress Reading Settings:


Watch Our Video Tutorial:


So now you know how to hide your WordPress site from search engines while you are developing it.

Just remember to uncheck the box when you are done with your website so that the search engines will index it the next time around.

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