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  1. Sanskar says:

    Will this block search engine and Adsense crawlers too?

    • WPBeginner Support says:

      No it will not. It will only block if a bot is trying to access the author url using query string. Search and adsense crawlers crawl pages by accesing links on your site. If you are already using pretty permalinks then your author URLs will be accessible to search engines with a link like /author/Sanskar

  2. naw says:

    how about, on iis server please ?

  3. Mert Can says:


    How can I block this link? Somebody trying to my website to hack.


  4. lando says:

    Hi wpbeginner,

    How do I verify if the code works? I have added the code at the very bottom of my .htaccess file.


  5. Francis says:

    Nice tutorial.

  6. Jigar Doshi says:

    really easy to add the htc access file.
    thanks for the info, guys :)

  7. Keith Davis says:

    Thanks for this one guys
    Nice and easy to add that to .htaccess.

    I use the limit logins and I recently found a great plugin called Simple Firewall, which adds a GASP checkbox to your login panel.

    I’m with you guys about using Sucuri – pretty cheap when you think about it and if you use it on several sites, price per site is even cheaper.

  8. Zimbrul says:

    I never use the same user for the blog author and the site admin as the author link and username can be easily found out. Usualy the admin is a 22+ characters username with a 22+ characters password and a very difficult to guess email address. This will take years to guess. And I also got the Limit login plugin… I don t use Google authenticator as this forbid me to log on a website using the WordPress application for mobile.

  9. Rahul says:

    Very useful. Thanks for this awesome snippet Ian and WPBeginner.

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