may seem like a really stupid question, but I’ve setup a discourse forum with ‘login required’ checked.
I’m assuming that google and other crawlers will never get to see it’s content.
I don’t really want tom dick and harry having access to freely read the forum, but am interested in knowing if there is a way to enable search engines to index it? (yes, I know the information will be exposed in google searches… but that’s kind of the idea - to encourage people who are really interested to sign up…).
p.s. a plugin which supports something like this may be good:
i.e. allowing viewing of posts when referred by google, but requesting login if navigating direct?
p.p.s - now with the correct search terms, I see this has already been discussed:
A little sad about the negativity - in our case the forum is in support of a product website, which is free to sign up, and only costs if you use the product (pay per use). I guess when we’re more confident about what the forum will contain, or if we get time to moderate correctly, the forum should be publicly readable.