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Prevent search engines from indexing documents

Last updated: 28 March 2022

If you want to prevent search engines from indexing DOCman documents on your website, you have the following options:

Update your menu items' metadata

In the site's backend, go to your DOCman menu item to edit it.

Under the Metadata tab, set the Robots parameter to "No index, no follow".

Repeat this process for each DOCman menu item.

Update your robots.txt file

Create a Disallow rule in your robots.txt file to prevent search engine robots from accessing the DOCman directories.

Learn more about updating a Joomla robots.txt file.

Require users to login before viewing documents

If your documents are not public, i.e. requiring user login to be accessed, then search engine robots will not be able to index them.