Dublin: Do you have an account in Google Webmaster Tools (recently name changed to Search Console)? If yes, just check out your inbox and don’t be wondered if you have a mail from Google saying that the GoogleBot is not able to access your CSS and JS files. And you know what? This might also be a reason for your site ranking poor on search engines. GoogleBot is the main web crawling bot of Google which is also called as ‘Spider’. Basically, the GoogleBot collects all the documents from the web and builds a searchable index for the Google search engine.
Firstly, the GoogleBot is not able to access your CSS and JS files because of the restrictions in your robots.txt file. If you block these assets, Google will not be able to understand your site fully and this would ultimately result in your site getting sub optimal ranking on the search engine. The webmasters are seeing it as Google’s new focus on the responsive design. But this might not be the only reason for that.
Google sending out the rush of warnings
Google has found that many sites have restricted the access to robots.txt files and hence it is now sending out a rush of warnings via Google Search Console (formerly known as Google Webmaster Tools) to notify webmasters that the GoogleBot is not able to access the CSS and JS files on their site because of the restrictions on robots.txt files.
It seems like the webmasters are now concerned about their sites after receiving the warning. No matter whether you are using Joomla, WordPress or any other content management systems, you need to make sure that you provide GoogleBot the access to your CSS and JS files.
How to make CSS and JS files accessible?
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