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Block Archive.org via WordPress robots.txt

Description

This plugin adds lines to the virtual robots.txt file (that WordPress creates automagically if the file is not present physically on the server) to block the archive.org bots.

Please be aware of what this plugin does exactly: If you activate the plugin it will add some lines to the robots.txt file to tell the Archive.org bots not to crawl and index your page. This means that they won’t store a backup of your site and you won’t be able to browse the different versions of the website through time.

Please keep in mind that if you activate this plugin and your site is deleted from the archive.org index, you can’t undo this. If you remove the plugin and the block of the archive.org bot, they’ll start again crawling and indexing the website from that moment, but all the older information is lost. Be carefull and think if this is what you want to do!. If you mess it nobody will not be able to help you (neither we or archive.org).

Please only activate this plugin if you know what you’re doing.

What can I do with this plugin?

This plugin adds the necessary lines to the virtual robots.txt file that WordPress creates automagically to block the archive.org bots.

What ideas is this plugin based on?

None. We needed a fast solution to add these lines to the robots.txt file and this was the solution we coded.

System requirements

PHP version 5.5 or greater.

Block archive.org bots robots.txt Plugin in your Language!

The first release is avaliable in English and Spanish. In the “languages” folder we have included the necessary files to translate this plugin.

If you would like the plugin in your language and you’re good at translating, please use the native WordPress Translation functionality.

New to Translating a plugin? First read through the Translator Handbook, then select your locale at Translating WordPress and finally go to the translation page for this plugin to translate it.

Further Reading

You can access the description of the plugin in Spanish at: Block archive.org bots robots.txt en español.

Contact

For further information please send us an email.

Screenshots

  • Lines that the plugin adds to the virtual robots.txt file that WordPress creates.
  • Archive.org notification when a site blocks their bots.

Installation

  1. First you will have to upload the plugin to the /wp-content/plugins/ folder.
  2. Then activate the plugin in the plugin panel. There are no settings.

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Contributors and Developers

“Block Archive.org via WordPress robots.txt” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Change Log

1.2.0 (04/04/2023)

  • Added Data Sanitization/Escaping according to WordPress Developer Guidelines

1.0.1 (25/08/2018)

  • Made some minor tweaks.

1.0.0 (08/08/2018)

  • First official release.