Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.167.83.224

Message Too Old, No Replies

Difference between 'Googlebot' and 'googlebot'?

     
7:09 pm on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Junior Member

5+ Year Member

joined:Sept 26, 2006
posts: 145
votes: 0


This might sound a silly question to some.

Is there difference between Googlebot(capitalized) and googlebot(all small letters) in files like .htaccess and robots.txt?

9:30 pm on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Nov 26, 2002
posts:810
votes: 0


Not what I'm aware of
10:33 pm on May 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

Moderator This Forum from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator robert_charlton is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Nov 11, 2000
posts:11318
votes: 169


With regard to robots.txt... I'm sure this isn't the last word on this, but w3.org suggests that the question of case sensitivity in the User-agent field is up to the robot. See my emphasis in quote below.

I would assume that, in this area anyway, Google would follow w3 recommendations....

[w3.org...]

Some tips: URI's are case-sensitive, and "/robots.txt" string must be all lower-case. Blank lines are not permitted within a single record in the "robots.txt" file.

There must be exactly one "User-agent" field per record. The robot should be liberal in interpreting this field. A case-insensitive substring match of the name without version information is recommended.

[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 10:36 pm (utc) on May 20, 2009]