Important Message for Solid Cactus Customers: Resolving Yahoo! Store Errors

Over the past few months, we have updated our Yahoo! Store clients about several changes and updates in regards site security. We’ve also communicated the importance of making sure all files, scripts, images, etc. are called via HTTPS to ensure your site is not loading mixed content and sending security messages to your visitors.

Over the past several days, we have received support requests from current and past customers of Solid Cactus about site security errors, most noticeably the absence of a secure “lock” in visitor’s web browsers.

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Urgent Information Regarding HTTPS for Yahoo! Store Owners

It’s been more than two years since Yahoo! Store owners were given the ability to fully secure all pages in their store via HTTPS instead of just the checkout.  While the great majority of store owners have taken the necessary steps to do this, there are still many who have not.

In the next few days, Yahoo! Store owners will be receiving information regarding the next step Yahoo! is taking to fully secure the store experience.  This communication will come directly from Yahoo!, however, we are giving you a heads-up so you are fully prepared.

On July 15, 2020 Yahoo! will automatically force the store editor to load via HTTPS.  There will be no option for merchants to opt-out of this update and will occur automatically.

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Introducing Your Store Wizards MerchantObserver – A Google Merchant Center Monitoring Service

If you’re an eCommerce store owner, monitoring your Google Merchant Center account for alerts, errors, feed issues, important updates, etc. is something you should be doing on a regular basis.  However, we realize that many times emails that are designed to make you aware of potential issues with your feed or specific products may be ignored or put off for a later time.

Even the smallest delay in responding to a critical alert in your Merchant Center account can lead to your product feed being temporarily disabled leading to a loss in sales. Whether you use a 3rd party to manage your online advertising, do it yourself, or just participate in the free Google Shopping program, regular monitoring of your Merchant Center account is crucial.

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Search Magic Now Available for Shopify!

Just a few weeks ago, I shared our excitement that our flagship advanced search product, Search Magic, was submitted to the Shopify App Store for review.

Today, I’m even more excited to share that the app is now available to the nearly 1M eCommerce stores on the Shopify platform!  Our team has put nearly two years into reaching this milestone  as part of our goal of making Search Magic available not only for Yahoo! Store and Shopify, but for BigCommerce as well.

Search Magic for Shopify is positioned to be one of the most affordable 3rd party search applications that’s out there, with pricing set at $19 a month for a store with 10,000 items or less, and $39 a month for stores with up to 50,000 items.  Plus, we offer a 30-day free trial!

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Search Magic Coming Soon to Shopify – How to Get Early Access

Today marks an important milestone in the history of Your Store Wizards.  A day nearly two years in the making with our development team putting in a countless number of hours along with many late nights and weekends.

One of our company’s long-term goals is to expand the number of platforms our flagship advanced search application, Search Magic, is available for.  Having been powering many of the largest eCommerce stores on the Yahoo! Store platform for several years, it was time to expand our reach.

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Yahoo! Small Business Store Update April 23, 2020

Surprise! In case you haven’t logged into your Yahoo! Store yet today you may want to before reading on as we don’t want to be the ones to spill the beans before you find out about some changes that occurred overnight.

For those of you who are OK with us spoiling it, Yahoo! took out the paintbrush and feather duster and gave the backend a bit of a refresh. While nothing functionally changed (although we’re a sucker for new feature releases) this update got rid of the yellow and green look that has been around… well, for a long time!

Changing item or page IDs in your Yahoo! Store now can be done thanks to the Change Item ID Tool.

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Save the Date: Your Store Wizards COVID-19 Virtual Meet-Up

April 10, 2020

Greetings!

First off, all of us at Your Store Wizards hope that you, your family, and your employees are healthy and staying strong under these unprecedented circumstances.

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 crisis has changed the way we go about our daily lives and how we conduct business.  We know that the eCommerce community is not immune to the challenges the Corona Virus is creating.

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Directory of eCommerce Stores with COVID-19 Supplies for Sale

Your Store Wizards is creating a directory of eCommerce businesses that are selling supplies to help others in the online store community during the COVID-19 crisis.

From masks and gloves for warehouse and delivery drivers to take-out containers for restaurants, if you sell supplies B2B or B2C that can help fellow eCommerce merchants who may have a hard time obtaining them, consider listing your business.

There is no cost to list your small business and we will keep the list updated with new additions, so be sure to check it often if you’re looking for supplies.

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Google Chrome Update to Force Unsecure Content to HTTPS

If you’re one of the last remaining site owners who haven’t moved to https:// yet, an important date is coming up that may just be the push you need to get this long-overdue task completed.

The next update for Google Chrome, the world’s most widely used web browser, is set to be released on April 7, 2020, and will be version 81. This update will automatically force content from http:// to https://.

What does this mean? The simplest example I can give is this – if you have images located at http://www.yourstore.com/image-1.jpg BUT your site does not use https://, Google Chrome will force that image to load from https://www.yourstore.com/image-1.jpg and display it as broken.

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A Guide to Working Remotely

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop and evolve with each passing day, there may be a point where you and some of your employees may have to work remotely. While not all functions of an eCommerce business can be run from a home or remote office, some can such as marketing, finance, customer support, and more.

Yesterday, I shared information on how to prepare a contingency plan for your business. In it, I addressed how businesses should be ready to have employees work from home or an alternate location if necessary. Today, I’m sharing tips on how to efficiently work remotely.

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