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If you want to unpublish your site, you can choose to hide it from search engines.

 

To hide your site from search engines: From the left side of the Editor, click Settings > click SEO (Google) > click the toggle Allow search engines to find my site to turn this option off (change from green to red) > click Done.

Once you have clicked the toggle be sure to hit Save inside your Editor!

Note: Your Wix domain will still be online. If you use your own domain, you can ask your domain hosting company to point it to another server.

Note: If you would like to temporarily remove your site from the web completely, you can place a notification on your home page and say it is under construction. Click here to learn how.

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  • michellesui

    Replied by michellesui October 2, 2013

    Hi, I did what this thread said to--went to SEO settings, unchecked "Allow search engines to find my site," hit save, published...several times...but I googled and my site still comes up on the search engine. Can someone help me with this? I really want to unpublish it. 

     

    thanks

    • Hudson Wix Team

      Replied by Hudson October 2, 2013

       

      Please be aware that it can take from 1 to 3 months for Google to update its database and for your site to be indexed. Finding your site using your relevant keywords may take even more time.

       

      One way to speed up this process is to submit your website directly to search engines. Use the following links to submit your site to:

      - Google

      - Bing

       

      Wix guarantees that all of the text and meta tags on your site are being scanned by search engines, however we cannot guarantee that Google will choose to assign your website a high rank, this part is up to you.

       

      Make sure that your websites content has been optimized in accordance with the advice offered in our SEO Learning Center. We also recommend that you use the SEO Wizard & Monitoring tool for a more in depth analysis of your site’s SEO.

  • robertstannage

    Replied by robertstannage October 1, 2013

    i'd like to add a password to my site to prevent it being seen for the time being, i published in error. can you tell me how to add a password 

    • Jo

      Replied by Jo October 1, 2013

      Hi robertstannage,

      You can find instructions and information here or check out the video below: 

       
      Let us know if you have any other questions!
       
      Thanks,
      Jo
      Wix Team


       

  • chadpankake

    Replied by chadpankake September 27, 2013

    Hi, I published my site several weeks ago with a 'Services' and 'Blog' page visible to search engines. I then changed those pages a few hours later to hidden (checked 'Hide from Menu' on both page settings). The pages do not appear when you navigate directly to my website (www.affinitysearchpartners.com), but the pages that I hid show up as their own Google hits just below my site. They DO navigate directly to the hidden pages (i.e. Services). This is terribly embarrassing and unprofessional to have Google return hidden links just below my own site in the search results. These pages aren't intended for public view yet.

    Any suggestions for fixing this?

    Thanks!

    • Anat Wix Team

      Replied by Anat September 27, 2013

      Hey Chad,

       

      I am terribly sorry for the inconvenience.

      Please be aware that data from hidden pages is still included in the source code of your site. This means it will still be crawled by search engines. However, users will not be able to see the hidden pages when visiting your site.

       

      To ensure that the content of a hidden page is not visible by Google, you need to add a page password. When a visitor to your site accesses a link to a hidden page via Google search results, they will not be able to view the page content.

       

      Please note that we cannot prevent Google from crawling your site.

       

      Please let us know should you require further assistance 

      Anat - Wix Team
    • chadpankake

      Replied by chadpankake September 27, 2013

      This fixed it! Thank you for the help and fast response.

    • Eyal Wix Team

      Replied by Eyal September 27, 2013

      Hey chadpankake,

       

      We are glad we were able to assist you!

       

      If you have any other questions or require assistance, please feel free to contact us again!

      Thanks,

      Eyal, Wix Customer Support Team
  • 840697306

    Replied by 840697306 September 24, 2013

    Hi,I edited my website and saved it...and didn't "publish"it...but I don't know why when I entre my website...I can see the thing I just changed.....I didn't publish the change thing

    • Rapido Wix Team

      Replied by Rapido September 24, 2013

      The changes will only show on the live site if you clicked on Publish from within the editor.

  • dulcies

    Replied by dulcies September 20, 2013

    Hi, can you please delete and restore my website www.bellanapolirestaurant.co.uk.  I no longer want it live on the web but do not want to lose all the work that I have done in creating it in case I want to republish at a later date.  Many thanks

     

    • Nadia.Tannous

      Replied by Nadia.Tannous September 20, 2013

      All you need to do is to un-publish your website. All you need to do is go to Settings > SEO (Google) > uncheck "Allow search engines to find my site" -> click "Done".

      Once you have unchecked this box be sure to hit Save!

      Please note: Your Wix domain will still be online. If you use your own domain, you can ask your domains hosting company to point it to another server.
       

      Hope this helps. 

      Please do not hesitate to contact us for further assistance

      Nadia Tannous
    • dulcies

      Replied by dulcies September 20, 2013

      Thanks but I don't want it online at all, I just want a copy of it in case at some time in the future I want to republish it! 

    • Dima Wix Team

      Replied by Dima September 20, 2013

      Hi dulcies,

      I've unpublished your site. You can still find it under My Account, if you ever wish to edit or re-publish it. 

      Cheers,

      Dima -Wix support team-
    • dulcies

      Replied by dulcies September 20, 2013

      Thanks!

    • Dima Wix Team

      Replied by Dima September 20, 2013

      We're glad to help. Let us know if there's anything else we can do for you. 

      Dima -Wix support team-
  • quiroga87

    Replied by quiroga87 September 12, 2013

    I deleted my  website http://www.wix.com/quiroga87/julianquiroga from my account, but it still shows the mobile site http://m.quiroga87.wix.com/julianquiroga, I can't delete that one, it is possible to do it? or can you delete it?

     

    What I wish to do is to change my site http://quiroga87.wix.com/julianquiroga1 to http://quiroga87.wix.com/julianquiroga

    • Alon - WIX team Wix Team

      Replied by Alon - WIX team September 12, 2013

      your mobile website has been deleted and we created a copy of your website "julianquiroga1 " under the name "julianquiroga" just like you asked.

      have a great weekend!

      Alon - Wix Team
  • smileykylie99

    Replied by smileykylie99 September 6, 2013

    Hey, if I publish a website, can I permanently delete it from the internet, so no one is able to view it? Thanks :) 

    • Danna Wix Team

      Replied by Danna September 6, 2013

      Yes. Should you choose to delete your site, please follow these steps:

       

      Go to Wix.com -> My Account -> Click "Manage and Edit Site" next to the site you would like to delete -> Click "Delete" on the right side of the page.

       

      Please note that the site's cached version may stil appear in search results for a few weeks till Google crawls iit again and recognizes it as deleted.

       

      Please feel free to contact us again for any future assistance!

       

      Danna- Wix Team
  • srjoshi3

    Replied by srjoshi3 August 27, 2013

    Deactivate but not Delete

    Is there any way I can deactivate my site but not delete it? I want to play with it while keeping it away from public access.

                              Thanks,

                                     Shaan

    • HIRO Wix Team

      Replied by HIRO August 27, 2013

      Hi Shaan,
      Please refer to the Best Reply of this thread.
      If you wish to post "Under Construction" sign on your homepage,
      please refer to this thread for instructions.
      Should you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us anytime.
      Thank you.

      -HIRO, Wix Team
  • yasai101

    Replied by yasai101 August 16, 2013

    Duplicate web-site and delete original. There it is now unpublished. That is with the free account, not too sure about one with a domain.

    • Danna Wix Team

      Replied by Danna August 16, 2013

      Please elaborate what exactly you are trying to accomplish with your site so we may assist you more efficiently.

       

      Danna- Wix Team
  • htvdanielle

    Replied by htvdanielle August 7, 2013

    disable website

    Can I temporarily disable my website (or hide it)?  I do not want to delete it.  I just don't want it available online temporarily.  Thank you.

    • Danna Wix Team

      Replied by Danna August 16, 2013

      Hey!

       

      If you have published your site but it is still not ready, you can place a notification on your home page and say it is under construction. When users enter the website that will be the page they see! Make sure you do not add any menus or buttons. This way when users view your page, they will not be able to navigate to any other pages.

       

      If you don't want your site to be visible to search engines, simply go to Settings > SEO > uncheck the box “Allow search engines find my site”.

       

      Once you have unchecked “Allow search engines find my” be sure to save your document!

       

      However, please be aware that if the site has already been indexed, it can take about one month for search engines to update their databases.

       

      If you need any further assistance, please let us know!

       

      Danna- Wix Team

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