In this beginner series we are exploring all the aspects of the WordPress and Thesis interface. We begin with what the Thesis Site Options are and what they do for your site. In this video we continue to explore the options under Document Head and here we focus on the Robots Meta Tags. They are designed to help you control what search engines index on your site. The third Robots Meta Tag is noarchive which means that you don’t want the cached version of a page to be shown. When search engines index pages they cashe that view of the page and save it until the page is re-indexed. We explain whey we don’t use this feature.
The noarchive means don’t show the cached versions of a page. So what will happen is when Thesis… I’m sorry. When Google indexes the page, it caches that view of the page at an index and it saves it. And it saves it until it goes and re-indexes it again. And if there’s a problem, if it can’t find the page, it hangs on to that cached page.
Well, some people don’t want viewers to go to a cached page. And so that would be a reason for using noarchive. Now, I think of an archive page as or a cached page as something that is beneficial to me because somebody can find my page even if I happen to… if there happens to be a problem on the site. And so, I don’t select noarchive at all. If you had pages that were sensitive and that you want to be able to turn off and then nobody ever get to again, noarchive would probably a good choice for those.