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Sitemap Issue -- all sites with recent images


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Hi all. I just reported an error to SS with sitemaps. It wasn't clear how they will handle regenerations after the fix, so I'm letting everyone know in case you're impacted. It looks like the issue started around mid-May 2021. New images have been added as <image:title>Image Name - Make it stand out</image:title> and if no caption was specified <image:caption>Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.</image:caption>. 

This is on 7.0 and 7.1 sites. After the fix, I hope they automatically regenerate a sitemap for all impacted sites. But if not, and you (or clients) don't update often, then you'd need to keep an eye out for the fix and request a regen. If you update frequently, then it is a nonissue. Good luck! 

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For clarification, this is happening because SS's recently added "demo text" on image blocks isn't visible when adding a standard inline image block. 

Edited to add: if a client wants to handle it before SS fixes it (assuming they will), just scan sitemap to find affected image/s, remove the demo text from the image block/s, and ask SS for a regen. 

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Hi, I have just noticed this, too. It also affects portfolio thumbnails. Do you know how to erase / overwrite the image title and caption on these? 

Also, what is a "regen" and how do you ask Squarespace for one? 

Thanks

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Hi there. When the image issue was first noted, there was another issue in that sitemaps also were not automatically updating as expected. When/if that happens, just reach out to SS customer support and ask them to regenerate your sitemap.

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