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Hi...

I have a situation where I am using Easy Profile for a members area - some of the member profiles are visible to the public and some are visible only when logged in.

However we have discovered the the Private profiles are coming up in Google searches! How can we stop this from happening as these profiles need to be kept out of the public...

This is quite urgent.

Many thanks
admin Accepted Answer
Admin
Hi,
I have a situation where I am using Easy Profile for a members area - some of the member profiles are visible to the public and some are visible only when logged in.
Easy Profile does not have this option, all profiles have same profile access rule. Do you use some other method?
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webmuse Accepted Answer
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply :)

Ok I think I didn't explain very well.

So on my website I have a Members only section - so its content that you can only see if you are a member and you log into the site. And then I have a listing of profiles. So you can only see these profiles if you log into the members area because the menu item is set to Members user group.

So it works in terms of people visiting the website...the private profiles are hidden behind the Login - if you know what I mean.

But the problem comes in when Google indexes the website - because the profiles are just Urls - so what I need is some way to "hide" the users name in the URL so if some one googles - "Peter Brown" then that profile will not come up in searches...

Does that make more sense?
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admin Accepted Answer
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Basically if there is not any profile link exposed then Google should not index there pages, are you sure that there is not for example any module or public list? or maybe some sitemap tool or a cache plugin from third parts.

Anyway we recommend to use custom a plugin to block profile pages that should not visible to guest users.
Try following steps:
- Install attached plugin
- Go to Extensions->Plugins
- Search for "plg_publicgroup"
- Go into plugin options and set the list of usergroup that should be public
- Enable the plugin

This plugin allow to be public only selected group of users if the user is not logged-in
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webmuse Accepted Answer
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I didn't think about a site map - not sure there is something installed on the site. I will have a look. I'll try the plugin as well - thanks for your help :)
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