We have a search page that uses facets and recently our website has been going up and down. When looking at the logs I noticed that bots (Bing, Ahrefs, etc..) are hitting these facetted pages a lot. Since the facetted pages are not cached I think it is causing this issue.
I did add Search-specific caching but that did not help.
I have seen these related issues with caching and facets:
- facets will disappear, when you enable caching for a views page
- Facet blocks not displayed with cached Search API View
- Facet blocks disappear when Views caching is enabled
Has anyone else ran into an issue like this? For now I blocked all bots from accessing the facetted urls (so they will still be able to see the main search page).