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Sitemap.xml still shows default image title and caption — proposed fix for Squarespace

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The squarespace-generated sitemap.xml shows image data, which is good. What is not good is that it inserts the default title and caption for those images: "Make it stand out" and "Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference."

Those default values are not present to be edited in the Image block when used in the default Design mode. You have to change to a new Design style, remove the defaults, then change it back to the original Design style. This might be an acceptable workaround for a few images. The site in question has 522 images and counting. That is a lot of making it stand out.

Proposed solution for Squarespace: when generating the sitemap.xml file if an image has the default title or caption text do not include them. I feel confident that no one will want "Make it stand out" or "Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference." as their image title and caption, respectively. And they pollute the SEO for the website. So simply omit them from the sitemap.xml.

Please, Squarespace. Make this happen. It should be an easy couple of conditionals in your generation script. Thank you!

Past thread on this, 1.5+ years ago: 


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To add to your comments, there is also an issue with the default SEO title when using pre-built page layouts, as this does not default to the page title that the user chooses when creating the page.

For example, if a user creates a page called "Our Services" using the "General 2" page layout, the SEO title will be "General 2", not "Our Services"!

There are thousands of sites with an SEO title of "General 1", "Appointments 1", "General 2", "Blog 2" and so on.

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14 minutes ago, paul2009 said:

There are thousands of sites with an SEO title of "General 1", "Appointments 1", "General 2", "Blog 2" and so on.

That is often one of the first things I fix for people when they ask me to help with their Squarespace site. I agree that it shouldn't have to be fixed! Just like the default image data in sitemap.xml. These seem like simple improvements that would positively effect a huge number of websites so they "just work" better for people. Why are they not implemented is quite a mystery.

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