Are Gallery Text Fields (Caption, Description, etc) Searchable?
Alt text is certainly searchable in image search on Search engines, but it looks like you are currently blocking them. Not sure what kind of impact this would have on WordPress.com search.
@justjennifer — Thanks for the reply!
You’re right, I am blocking search engines in Settings > Privacy, but only til the site is ready to launch in a couple weeks. Didn’t want placeholder content getting indexed.
Nonetheless, the WordPress.com search widget IS able to search the site I’ve created, with the exception of content entered into galleries. Hence my anxiety about using the gallery feature.
Are you saying that when you use the gallery feature, all the metadata you enter for those photos does indeed get searched by the WordPress search and outside searches?
I know that such data is picked up by Search Engines. I am not sure about WordPress.com search. Your own experience, however, seems to indicate that it does not. For a definitive answer, I’d ask Support directly http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ and point them at this thread.
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