Noindex WTF

On a client project, we wanted to prevent search engines from accessing pages on the site. It needed to be directly linked to from some various sources, public, but not queryable. So we did the reasonable thing. We modified our robots.txt and added our metatags. Unfortunately, this didn't seem to work as we would expect and pages still showed up in Google searches.

gCal - A Google Calendar

Recently at work I developed a quick and dirty Google Calendar plugin for WordPress called gCal. In all simplicity, it needed to grab the public calendar XML file, parse it, shoot out a list and provide event details in a JavaScript modal popup. It is very basic, with only one view option and few backend settings, but it got the job done. In the last week I worked on the plugin, filling it out some. There is now an administrative panel via your WordPress dashboard.