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Google Webmaster Guidelines - The bot now require JS and CSS access

Google has released new technical webmaster guidlines.

One change is affected when the JS/CSS Chuncker/Minifier is enabled and on all template files. Google will now access all JavaScript and Stylesheet files. JYAML save the minified files in the cache folder, but the cache and templates folder it is restricted in the robots.txt of Joomla.

To help Google fully understand your site's contents, allow all of your site's assets, such as CSS and JavaScript files, to be crawled. The Google indexing system renders webpages using the HTML of a page as well as its assets such as images, CSS, and Javascript files. To see the page assets that Googlebot cannot crawl and to debug directives in your robots.txt file, use the Fetch as Google and the robots.txt Tester tools in Webmaster Tools

It is still unclear whether an negative effect on the ranking.

You can solve this by adding following lines into your robots.txt:

Allow: /cache/tpl_*_head/*.js
Allow: /cache/tpl_*_head/*.css
Allow: /templates/*/css/*.css
Allow: /templates/*/js/*.js
Allow: /templates/*/script/*.js
Allow: /libraries/jyaml/*.js
Allow: /libraries/jyaml/*.css

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