Blocking entire page for search engine crawling

Operating System & Version
CloudLinux 7.9
cPanel & WHM Version
v96.0.11
Oct 2, 2020
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Ulefoss, Norway
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
Good morning lads and lasses!


We are are developer house making websites in WP. 9/10 times the customer already have an older webpage, this forces us to create a lot of temp URLs.
Current we have a singular Cpanel account (i have WHM access) where we store our dev sites. The URLs are always in this template; customer1.ourdomain.dev.
Running litespeed webengine. We use softaculous to install WP

Now personally I'm (1 of 2 sysadmins) having having a lot of problems with our devs being lazy or not being able to follow simple instructions and they never add a robots.txt file to the subs root. This results in our dev pages are being indexed, and most of the time our SEO beats the "old" page for our customers. I guess you can see where the issue becomes critical.

We are working with people all around the world, where some have dynamics IP, so unless i wanna whitelist IPs all day we cant use a whitelist to block everyone else.
Is there any way to block search engine crawling on absolute all subs for our root domain. I am open to plugins etc. We also store files for email signatures etc. on the dev account and therefor cant password protect them either. Optimal solution would be to only block crawlers and keep the pages "accessible" for absolute everyone, but i am open to solutions that changes that.

Yes i know i could just tell my devas to always add robot.txts, but they simply don't listen and I don't have enough power to "punish" them for their mistakes.
Appreciate all feedback.

Best regards, disgruntled sysadmin.
 

cPRex

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Oct 19, 2014
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Hey there! What if you set up a robots.txt file in the skeleton directory so it was automatically added to all new sites you create?


That would add the file to /home/username/public_html automatically without you having to do anything else.
 
Oct 2, 2020
8
2
78
Ulefoss, Norway
cPanel Access Level
Root Administrator
Hey there! What if you set up a robots.txt file in the skeleton directory so it was automatically added to all new sites you create?


That would add the file to /home/username/public_html automatically without you having to do anything else.
Hi cPRex. Thanks for your reply.
A skeleton directory solutions seem to affect the entire reseller accounts. A reseller account is an account which lets you create user accounts from WHM right?
So if i setup it up like described in the documentation, it would add the robots.txt to all account the reseller ( dev reseller account, i have separate root account) to all sites it creates.

I am looking for a solution that would only affect the account mydomain.dev.
Are you able to comfirm / deny my statement :P?

Best regards, Jarle
 

cPRex

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Ah, I thought you wanted to add this to all accounts.

There really isn't a better way to do that than with a robots.txt. If it got placed on the account once, does it get removed in the future? What if you added it to the account once, and then used chattr to change the permissions so it couldn't be altered?