In Google Search Console, I get a 404 for some CMS Collection Pages because these pages are created as Collection Items, but there is no actual layout that is filled with information from an Item.
Creating a layout, as suggested in another thread, for the items doesn’t make sense in our case, since the item typically just contains a photo and a name (e.g. of a team member or a partner) and links to an external page (e.g. LinkedIn or another company’s homepage).
If I select “Exclude these pages from site search results” in the CMS Collection Page settings, it still gets crawled, probably because only the first part of the URL slug is excluded and the item-specific rest is not. I have now added in the tag to the CMS Collection Page, but I assume that the result will remain the same.
I could set up a redirect for the whole pages of course. But since new items without an actual page will be added constantly, that wouldn’t be the smartest option.
Another option would be to create a grid, which is not based on CMS Collections. This would however not be ideal, since using CMS Items is less prone to errors.
So how can I avoid the 404s in the Search Console?
Here’s the read-only link for the Collection Page: Webflow - torq.partners
Here’s the according overview page, in this case with the team grid, also in read-only: Webflow - torq.partners
Many thanks in advance for your help!