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Robots Meta Whiz

Easy way to discourage search engines from indexing only specific pages / posts with custom meta tags.


At the time of this writing, the latest version of WordPress, version 4.7, has functionality to discourage search engines from indexing the whole site, but not functionality to discourage search engines from indexing only certain specific pages and posts of the site.

Robots Meta Whiz is a WordPress plugin that allows site administrators to deploy custom meta robots tags to discourage search engines from indexing, following links from, caching, indexing images from, and / or have additional custom restrictions on only for certain specifically-designated pages and posts.

It is an easy way to discourage search engines from indexing only specific pages / posts.

This only applies to search engine robots, and will not effect the site's local search functionality.

Technical summary:

Plugin works by hooking-in special logic into the action 'wp_head' to inject the tag <meta name='robots' content='...'> with restriction directives for the specified pages and posts.

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Author Marat Nepomnyashy
Contributors maratbn
Tags crawlers, discourage search engines, meta, page specific robots, privacy, robots, robots policy, robots.txt, search engines, spiders
  1. robotswhiz screenshot 1

    Robots Meta Whiz configuration screen.

  1. Unzip contents of into the directory /wp-content/plugins/robotswhiz/.
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress.


  • Updated screenshot.
  • Added the ability to also sort the posts table by the robot restriction tokens.
  • Inserted thin dashed line between each post attribute row and the tokens row for better readability.
  • Fixed incorrect sorting of the page template column occuring under WordPress version < 4.7


  • Implemented user sorting of the posts table rows according to column values and in ascending or descending order.
  • Having the robots meta tokens be sorted alphabetically.


  • Renamed the plugin from RobotsWhiz to Robots Meta Whiz.
  • Additional minor changes to description and keywords.


  • Added screenshot of configuration screen.
  • Miscellaneous documentation improvements.


  • Fixed bug: Restored the php echo short tags for rendering <table> column header captions that were incorrectly removed earlier.
  • Fixed bug: Corrected the logic for processing previously saved values.


  • Updated description wording.
  • Added activation check for PHP version to not be < 5.4


  • Minor code refactoring involving empty PHP echo short tags.
  • Corrected REQUIREMENTS in that the supported PHP version is >= 5.4 not >= 5.3


  • Initial release.

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Version 1.2.0

Requires WordPress version: 3.8.1 or higher

Compatible up to: 4.7.2

Last Updated 09 Jan 2017

Date Added: 17 Oct 2015

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