You’ve told us that the “Allow my site to appear in search results” setting is confusing, and that it’s not entirely clear how it impacts the availability of your site. With that feedback in mind, we’re making some changes to the setting. Following this launch,
- if you’ve chosen to allow anyone on the web to visit your site, you’ll see an option to “Request public search engines not to index my site.” This option will not be selected by default, meaning that public search engines (like Google) will be able to index your site. This option will be labeled as a “Search setting” to distinguish it from the enforced permissions above it—by checking it, you indicate only your preference that search engines not index your site.
- if you’ve chosen to restrict viewing of your site to your domain only, you will not see the “Request public search engines not to index my site” option, because no one outside of your domain will be able to visit your site anyway. Depending on your configuration, your site may appear in your organization’s internal search engine and on Google Cloud Search.
Please note that today’s launch will not impact the settings of any already-published sites, unless they’re unpublished and republished.
Launching to Rapid release, with Schedule release coming on June 6th, 2017
Available to all G Suite editions
Full rollout (1–3 days for feature visibility)
All end users
Change management suggested/FYI
Help Center: Preview and publish your site on the web
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