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Opened 4 months ago

Last modified 3 months ago

#5807 new defect

wp.org images shouldn't use wordpress.com/mshots/ and similar

Reported by: jonoaldersonwp Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: low
Component: Showcase Keywords: seo


Showcase pages (like https://wordpress.org/showcase/the-streamy-awards/) and the commercial themes page use https://wordpress.com/mshots/v1/ as an image CDN.

However, that /mshots/v1/ path is blocked via https://wordpress.com/robots.txt (as are equivalent paths, like https://s0.wp.com/mshots/v1/).

That means that Google etc can't see any of those images, which causes SEO problems.

These images should be altered to use https://s.w.org/.

Change History (4)

#1 @Otto42
4 months ago

The mshots are literally screenshots of other sites. Why would these make any difference to our SEO?

If anything, I would think that blocking *all* images on showcases from Google's view would be preferable from an SEO perspective. None of the images there are relevant to any of our content.

#2 @jonoaldersonwp
4 months ago

I'm not sure I follow your logic. The image is an important component of the page; it's literally the whole point of the showcase. Why would blocking it make sense?

#3 @dd32
4 months ago

One hacky workaround for this would be to load mshots via the Photon CDN, which would take care of this short term at least.


Not ideal, but I tend to agree that not blocking the majority of the visual content on these pages is surely going to help the SEO factor in some form.

#4 @jonoaldersonwp
3 months ago

Ooh, that is indeed hacky, but definitely viable!

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