Where have my WordPress search engine privacy settings gone?

WordPress updates can cause changes, such as the disappearance of search engine privacy settings, but it is essential to stay as up-to-date as possible. Running an old WordPress version could have some serious implications.
11 Mar, 2013

If you have updated your WordPress site from 3.4 to 3.5 (and beyond) you might struggle to find the search engine privacy settings now. These are the settings that you can set to discourage search engines from indexing your site (which you might want to do for a number of reasons, for example, whilst your site is under development).

With WordPress installs pre-version 3.5, the settings were on a page of their own. You found them in ‘Settings’–>’Privacy’ (see below).

Where did my WordPress search engine privacy settings used to be

With version 3.5 and above, the WordPress search engine privacy settings are now included as part of the ‘Settings’–>’Reading’ section (see below).

Where have my search engine privacy settings gone in WordPress

Whether you need to locate these settings or not, the most important thing to do is to keep your WordPress as up-to-date as possible. Running an old version could have security implications, or it could impact performance, or it could stop one or more of your plugins from running (if the plugin makes use of something introduced in a later version of WordPress).

If you find it difficult or time-consuming to keep your WordPress site and plugins up to date, why not ask us to do it for you? We can take the worry away for less than you might think.

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