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?v=7516fd43adaa

 ?v=7516fd43adaa

People have been asking me why they see this on their website’s url.  It usually looks something like this:

examplesite.com/?v=7516fd43adaa

Short Answer: It’s WooCommerce!  And it’s there for a reason. I’ll bet you didn’t know it, but YOU put it there 😉

/?v=7516fd43adaa It's geolocate with page caching in WooCommerce Settings
/?v=7516fd43adaa It’s geolocate with page caching in WooCommerce Settings

So, now that you know what /?v=7516fd43adaa is for, you’ve got two options.  You can either leave it turned on, or turn it off.  If you do need to turn it off, please think twice.  Caching is always a good thing, and when it comes to WooCommerce, it’s always critical that you get your caching right!

Moral of the story:

Ya might not like the way the url looks, but chances are high that you’ll want to leave your WooCommerce set to “Geolocate (with page caching support).

If you simply cannot have the weird looking url, then (make sure you’ve got your cache set correctly), then turn it off in your Woocommerce>Settings>General>Default Customer Address

/?v=7516fd43adaa To make it go away, turn off (with page caching support)
/?v=7516fd43adaa To make it go away, turn off (with page caching support)

********** Added Edit *************

Wanna see something sad, you can actually do a Google Search for that string and see how many times it comes up. <–click either that sentence or the next one to see the Google Search of the exact same string

https://www.google.com/search?q=%2F%3Fv%3D7516fd43adaa&oq=%2F%3Fv%3D7516fd43adaa

in other words…. a TON of folks are needing this answered. Be the one that shows them the answer 🙂
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7 thoughts on “?v=7516fd43adaa

  1. This broke the Search functionality on my Storefront-theme based site. Once I turned it off, Search was restored.

    1. So, you’re saying that once you enabled Geolocation with Cache, then the Product Search didn’t function?

  2. As I wrote elsewhere, that option is a “cache bypass”, not a “cache support”. It works by reloading the page with that random string, and it causes the cache not to be used (most caching plugins and systems won’t cache pages when there is a URL argument).

    A more elegant solution is to implement proper dynamic caching, which is what we described on our site.

    1. Great Clarification! Hey, btw: When you mention “…described on your site…” feel free to share and drop a link back to your article! Was this the link you were talking about?

      https://aelia.co/2015/10/02/woocommerce-currency-switcher-cache-new-solutions/

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  4. The biggest problem with leaving it enabled is that in its present form it breaks in-page links

    example.com/#foo?v=7516fd43adaa gets mutated into
    example.com/?v=7516fd43adaa#foo?v=7516fd43adaa which does not work

    the way it implements adding the query string to the url is massively broken.

  5. Brad, You saved me so much time. I just want to say thanks!

    I was trying to catch the “problem” and was searching why it was showing these weird strings each time I visited my website outside the admin area. When I found out it was something attached to the IP address, because it changes only if I visit my website using another IP address.

    So, I searched the string I got on different search engines, but I found nothing but some other websites not related to this issue.

    At some moment I really thought it was some new kind of way of hacking (the point when I stressed out a little bit).

    But when I was searching for visitors and bots visiting my website and also the ones who already had visited it before, I saw that others were redirected also to the same kind of string. So, I searched each string on different search engines to find out if someone had the same issue.

    When I searched for the string attached to the one from the Jetpack Site Uptime Monitor (from the Jetpack plugin), I came across this website and you already found the solution.

    Now I can go on with my business and drink my coffee without stress.

    Thank you!

    p.s. check my website if you guys are interested in my products: https://b-mining.store (Now available without ?v=7516fd43adaa! xD)

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