Developer let staging site get indexed

Rich Owings

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This is the latest wrinkle in a problem project, and I just want to see if I'm missing anything.

The developer didn't block Google from crawling a redesigned site -- http://staging.oooops.com (a made up name). Here's my tentative game plan...
What am I missing?
 

pony

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Is the staging site dead forever or will it be used again in the future?

If it will never be used again then I think your plan is sound. Canonical tags on the staging pages back to the main site may help.
 

pony

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I've just had bad experiences in the past making sitewide redirect rules, and then having to spend a bunch of time and effort untangling the mess afterwards when I realized I wanted to use those pages again.

Don't think it should be too big of an issue though.
 

Tim Colling

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This is one of the "little things" that I appreciate about WPEngine's staging servers - they take care of ticking that box for you when you create a new staging instance.
 
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