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    Wordpress Installs defaulting to Private?
    I've done 3 Worpress installs in the last month or so for various reasons, and in each case the Privacy setting was defaulted to Private (i.e. the site would not be spiderable, etc).

    Is this the new default setting now? It never used to be.

    Something to watch out for if you're starting a new WordPress blog.
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    I'm doing a bunch of installs today, I'll of course be checking for that, but never really noticed if it was defaulted or not.
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    The last few that I did were that way and didn't catch it right away. But, the very last one that I did, told me that with a notice, which was much better.

    I like it because I can work on the site for a while and then schedule articles/posts automatically when I have enough for the spiders to crawl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suzie250
    The last few that I did were that way and didn't catch it right away. But, the very last one that I did, told me that with a notice, which was much better.

    I like it because I can work on the site for a while and then schedule articles/posts automatically when I have enough for the spiders to crawl.
    I got the notice when I installed the Google XML Sitemap plug in. Something along the lines of "Hey sh*thead, why are you making a sitemap when you can't be crawled or indexed..."

    I said, "Fair enough...", and went to my privacy settings.
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    It's been like that for at least 3 months or so, since I first started.

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    Hi Kevin,

    I believe it started doing that in wp 2.8. The last installation I made (wp 2.9) gave me a choice during the installation process to select whether to make it private or not.

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    The wp 2.9 notes said it would default to visible to search engines. I never got a chance to do the installs I wanted to this weekend to check.
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    I found that out when I had to reinstall and import old posts after one of my sites got hacked during that huge outbreak of hacking in September. Traffic dropped quite a bit on that site, so I did some checking, and sure enough nothing was spiderable. Ugh. Wonder if that cost me any sales this season. Ah well, lesson learned. I've been double checking on each WP install I've made since...
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