Often you have pages on your site that you want to exclude from a general site-wide search.
Older, non HTML5, Genesis child themes create a 404 Sitemap page whenever a page is not found. This 404 Sitemap page contains the full list of all the posts, pages, category, tag and author archive pages on the site. Again here, you may want to show certain pages on this sitemap.
Examples of pages you will likely want to hide are:
- Thank You Pages
- Download pages
- Any page where that forms part of a sequence, and hence you do not want the user to access it directly
The plugin allows adds a section in the Page/Post Editor, Hide From Search where you can click a checkbox to exclude the page from the search results page and 404 sitemap page.