The simple answer is yes.
As we know, with a HTML only site, Google is able to crawl the site, understand and index it. In simple terms, anyway.
Making the whole process a little more complicated.
But when you have a large website or platform for example, we start facing a range for 301 redirect chains, a range of temporary redirects and even a large amount of 404s.
Which is highly likely to have been the case.
Although, if you’re testing web pages of your site continuously, any issues discovered could be easily identified and ironed out pre-live.
Or if you are seeing ranking impacts due to any recent changes on site, it’s always worth testing your site and asking a developer to take a look, if you’re concerned.
Using Google Search Console, you’re able to fetch and render certain webpages of your site, in the eyes of Google. This can be accessed through the mobile friendly test or the URL inspection tool within GSC.
Ideally, by doing so, you will have no differences between what you can see live on site vs what the crawler is able to understand through crawling your site.
Some of the issues you may find during testing include:
- Thin on-page content
- Missing content
- Missing links
- Missing images
If there are any differences, then it’s worth checking for any troubleshooting issues before raising these issues with your development team.
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