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Prevent a page showing on Google?

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If I password protect a directory on my Apache Server, will Google still cache the page? Ie, will it appear in a google search.

The reason I ask is that I wish to use my web-hosting to test a site, but I don't want it to appear in google anywhere at all. Will a htaccess file do the trick or can google bypass this somehow? I think I know the answer but its best to be safe. [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/wink.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":wink:\" border=\"0\" alt=\"wink.gif\" /]

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You can use a file called robots.txt, just place it in your sites main directory. An example of a robots.txt is:

[code]
# Webcrawlers control

# Prevent Google from indexing pages
User-agent: googlebot
Disallow: /
[/code]
If you search on google for robots.txt you will find a load of info . . .

Hope this helps,

Charlie

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