Google Mobile Readiness tool showing “fail” for a joomla site – Redid the Robots.txt file and it showed ‘success’ = Quirky Tool
I was doing a monthly checkup on a client’s Joomla 3.x site. The site had previously showed OK in Google’s Mobile Readiness tool.
The GMRT was saying that access to the /media and /templates folder was blocked even though there were no disallow lines for these folders.
I cut all of the disallow lines from Robots.txt.. The GMRT showed “success”.. I added the disallow lines back in a couple at a time. Each time I checked the GMRT it showed “Success”.
I had finally added back in all of the lines and the GMRT was still happy.
That makes no sense as the robots.txt is a simple text based file. Removing and re-adding the disallow lines should have had no effect.
- Check your site with Google Webmaster Tools and the Google Mobile Readiness Checker regularly. i.e. at least every month if not every week.
- If you have a problem, try cutting the disallow lines, saving robots.txt and then adding the disallow lines back in.
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UPDATE – Dec 2017 – With newer releases of Joomla and improvements in template makers, this is not as much of a problem as it was back in 2015
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