Thanks, This is the information I was looking for.
I have taken a few of the steps mentioned, such as putting the forum in a sub-directory. I think I can rename the containing folder easily enough.
And I deleted the register.php file.
I will follow through with the robot.txt upload. I didn't know anything about this, thanks for the heads up.
A couple of questions for my clarification.
hide every forum to users who are not logged in.
Are you referring to user permissions? I have blocked guests from everything I could find, but they still see the forum name, board statistics, and the shout box plugin.
Is this just the way it is or have I missed a step in the configuration?
Or should there be a master switch that turns the forum to "private"?
Password protect the main folder (which should then apply the folder as well)
Right now my main folder is empty and is structured like this: website.com/forum/
I have asked the web host(Surpass) and cPanel about a password for users entry.
I was told that is handled by third party software. She also suggested I check out WHT for advice.
Would something like WordPress (installed in the main folder), have the tools I need for password entry? Or do I look in a different direction for the solution?
Create a google webmasters account,
I will follow this lead too. But I was wondering if I need to set up one with all the major search engines, or will the google one take care of everything?
I really appreciate all the advice,