Let's say I have a page protected by the Membership plugin

Let's say I have a page protected by the Membership plugin and it has links on that page to some documents that are for members only. Are the links on the page protected completely from search engines and spiders? I want to make sure that those links won't show up in a google search. Also, I need to make sure those links won't be able to be shared.


  • Michelle Shull

    Heya, mccawphoto!

    What I would do is provide URL group protection for your docs, so they can't be accessed by non-members, no matter what.

    To do that, go to Membership > URL Groups, and add the first part of the URL for your docs with an * as a wildcard at the end, so like:
    http://yoursite.com/docs/* or, alternatively http://yoursite.com/docs/(*) if the previous link isn't sufficient.

    We can't promise 111% that the files will never be index-able by search engines - that technology changes all the time - but we do all in our power to make sure your content is fully protected. : )

    Hope this helps!

  • RobertKwasny

    @mccawphoto I actually installed and uninstalled the Protected Content Plugin... because of the date of last update in https://wordpress.org/plugins/protected-content/ indicated no update activity... @theauthor I'm guessing you don't list it on WordPress.org anymore... so you should dump the link or update that info...

    HOWEVER... the WPMUDEV shows pretty active upgrading... so please let me know how it works out for you -- if you give this plugin a spin... Thanks in Advance!

    Date: 2014-12-17 • Version:
    - Fix problems with plugin settings after upgrading
    - Fix issue where Front-End pages were not working (e.g. with Jetpack)
    Date: 2014-12-16 • Version:
    - Add new Help section with documentation of shortcodes
    - Fix: Membership Pages use default WordPress posts instead of URL
    - Fix: Menu items are correctly generated when a Membership is created
    - Memberships with pending payments can be cancelled by the member
    - A ton of small bugfixes and minor improvements
    Date: 2014-11-15 • Version:
    - Add new Member-Filter that displays users with pending payments
    - Fix protection of menu-items when user has multiple memberships
    - Fix permission issues with protection shortcode
    - Fix small bugs with several shortcodes
    - Remove access to registration page while plugin is disabled
    Date: 2014-11-12 • Version:
    - Add new Add-on to replace whole menus per membership-level
    - Some small bugfixes
    Date: 2014-11-10 • Version:
    - Fix error when testing memberships
    - Fix PHP notices
    Date: 2014-11-08 • Version: 1.0.4
    - Add new Add-on that allows to disable Multiple-Membership mode
    - Add new Add-on to change protection of special pages (e.g. search results)
    - Add Simulation Infos to explain which rule protected a certain page
    - Fix default protection of special pages
    - Fix assignment of private memberships via members-list
    - Fix membership status-flag in database
    - Fix access to unprotected pages is now possible
    Date: 2014-10-27 • Version: 1.0.3
    * Fix member model fields not persisting
    Date: 2014-10-24 • Version: 1.0.2
    * Add class to page body to indentify membership of the current user
    * Add option to send different email when registering for a free membership
    * Fix image-url of loading animation in one css file
    * Fix logout word showing in protected-content page
    * Fix undefined variable in members model
    * Fix credit card info texts
    Date: 2014-10-23 • Version: 1.0.1
    * Fix slow Ajax Login
    * Add handler for password reset
    * Fix orphan children when deleting parent membership
    * Refactories
    Date: 2014-10-23 • Version: 1
    -Initial release

  • Tyler Postle

    Hey mccawphoto,

    Hope you're doing well today!

    It won't hide the links automatically when you block the access, but when you click the you won't see the correct image unless you are the right member level. What you can do instead, is also use the membership shortcode and wrap the links in the shortcode :slight_smile:

    That way they will be hidden from everyone unless they have access to it. I believe this includes search engines too, as they view the page as just a visitor.

    Hope this helps!

    All the best,

    PS. @RobertKwasny that's actually not our plugin there, we don't have a wp.org version of Protected Content.

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