Testing Site With Google Search Console Without Allowing It To Be Publicly Listed

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We are in a process of redesign, and would like to test a way google sees our website, but we would not like it to be indexed it at this point.

We have a separate subdomain for development, but if we disallow scraping in robots.txt, we can't do any tesing, because google crawlers will not scrape any testing pages.

Is there a way to run some tests via google webmasters console without allowing site to be indexed publicly?



Use the noindex tag.

The noindex value of an HTML robots meta tag requests that automated Internet bots avoid indexing a web page. Source

<meta name="googlebot" content="noindex">