Does setting up public access cause Confluence to be indexed in Search Engines?

I need to make a Confluence page public (i.e. accessible to people with no Confluence account) but not indexed in Search Engines. (Making it public appears to be easy enough (see http://bit.ly/1UGhJcy).)

In this forum I read a possible solution which is to append "?os_username=<username>&os_password=<password>" after the URL (see http://bit.ly/1XzZ2qd). But it seems to me that this solution is based on the recipient having a username and password; which is not the case for me since these people have no Confluence account.

Is there a way to make a page public but not indexed?

Thanks.

1 answer

0 votes

The usual trick here is to ask bots not to crawl it.  They still can, but all the big players respect the request.

See https://confluence.atlassian.com/display/DISC/Prevent+Search+Engine+Indexing+Using+Robots.txt

Note that on Cloud, Atlassian have that set for you, and I don't think you can change it (yet.  There's a request at https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CLOUD-5915 )

Suggest an answer

Log in or Sign up to answer
Community showcase
Published Nov 29, 2018 in New to Confluence

How to use Confluence Cloud for stakeholder management

Most of us don’t need much convincing that stakeholder management is important. It just makes sense that keeping everyone in-the-know on projects and assigning clearly defined roles is key to having ...

1,187 views 4 6
Read article

Atlassian User Groups

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find a group

Connect with like-minded Atlassian users at free events near you!

Find my local user group

Unfortunately there are no AUG chapters near you at the moment.

Start an AUG

You're one step closer to meeting fellow Atlassian users at your local meet up. Learn more about AUGs

Groups near you