You can use built-in WordPress settings to adjust the visibility of your site to search engines. You can also manage access to your site for certain user groups (e.g., administrators).

You can't change privacy settings for media you upload to WordPress. Once a user adds a file to the Media Library, any other user (regardless of role) can use that file. Media is also accessible to anyone in the world with the URL, and can be indexed by search engines.

We know that restricting media access is important to the UVA community. Our engineers are researching solutions.


  1. Go to your Dashboard
  2. Click Settings
    • Find Settings on the left-hand menu
    • The "Settings" page will appear
    • Additional items will unfold in the menu
  3. Click Reading
    • Find Reading on the left black menu under Settings
    • The "Reading" page will appear
  4. Scroll down to the "Site Visibility" options
    • Find "Site Visibility" options at the bottom of the page
  5. Choose from the "Site Visibility" options
    • Choose whether search indexes will index your page, or choose to restrict access to certain user roles 
    • The visibility options are ordered from least to most restrictive
  6. Click Save Changes
    • The page will refresh
    • A message will appear confirming that the settings have been changed