Support » Theme: Storefront » Latest storefront updates create 301 errors (?add-to-cart=xxx for every product

  • Resolved Shop-tester



    Since the last 2 updates, the storefront theme creates 301 redirects for every product in our store. This is done via the query string Somehow this is activated by default now.

    This is of course very bad for our SEO and totally unwanted behavior. We have switched back to version 2.3.4 which still works fine.
    We hoped the latest update 2.4.2 would resolve the issue, but it does not.

    Is there somewhere we can switch off the unwanted behavior?

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • laceyrod


    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    Would you mind copying and pasting your System Status Report into this thread so that we can check for any red flags there? You can find this by going to WooCommerce > Status > System Status > Get System Report in your WP-Admin dashboard.

    Also, does this behavior occur with just Storefront theme and WooCommerce active?


    Below you find the requested status report:


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    Site URL:
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    Remote Post: ✔
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    Hide errors from visitors: ✔
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    Checkout: #3040 - /checkout/
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    Name: Outlet
    Version: 2.0.14
    Author URL:
    Child Theme: ✔
    Parent Theme Name: Storefront
    Parent Theme Version: 2.3.4 – 2.4.2 is available
    Parent Theme Author URL:
    WooCommerce Support: ✔
    ### Templates ###
    Overrides: –


    We have tested with the full operational situation, not only woo+storefront.

    We use for optimizing and checking our website. We also have a test site with the issue situation active in case you need to test.

    It occurs when only updating frontstore. The issue goes away when going back to the previous version as described before.



    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    Hey @evolinestore I’ve had another look at your store, but it seems like this is no longer running Storefront. If it is, this is running with a lot of custom code that’s not supported by Storefront.

    I’ve also tested the URL with adding this product: – this is working without problem, so I’ll mark this as resolved. Have a great rest of your day!


    Did you even read the issue text?

    At the moment we have reinstalled the PREVIOUS version of storefront, because of the issues. Looking at our store will therefore NOT show the issue.

    If you are serious about working on this issue, we are willing to provide access to our test-store where we can set up the current storefront version showing the issues.



    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    Hey @evolinestore – yes, I’m definitely trying to help.

    You indicate that you’re using the previous version of Storefront, but as I indicated above, either you’re running Storefront with a lot of custom code behind the scenes or you’re using a different theme, because your current site doesn’t look like Storefront at all.

    My first suggestion would be to try to just run Storefront without the customisations and update it to the latest version to see if it causes an issue.

    I have also tested this with the latest version of Storefront and the ?add-to-cart URL works fine here:

    Link to image:

    Again, it looks like this is related to the customisations you’ve made, so on your test site, trying with just Storefront and WooCommerce would be the first step.

    Regarding the login details: please do not share login details on this public forum. Thanks!

    Hello Job,

    We ARE running storefront with a childtheme outlet. Very little customizations; it all works fine in version 2.3.4 which we are back to using now.

    Of course the ?add-to-cart works, I never stated that is doesn’t. The issue is the 301 errors that occur once the theme is updated to the latest version. Maybe you are not aware, but 301 errors are killing for SEO. Google sees them although the site appears to work normally.

    So if you want to do serious checking you need to use a specific tool like suggested before. We are not willing to risk our life site for these tests, but as suggested before we have a test site that would work fine for this work.



    Automattic Happiness Engineer

    Thanks for that clarification. Two remarks:

    First of all, this looks like quite a bit of custom aspects:

    Link to image:

    Second, Outlet is a premium theme. Could you please contact us at > My Account > Tickets? You may need to create an account. We will be able to help you further there.

    I’ll mark this thread as resolved given that it’s related to a child theme and not Storefront core. We’ll follow up with you in our tickets.

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