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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A New Free Tool from Google to Help Your Grow Your eCommerce Store

Have you ever wondered how your online store compares to that of others in your industry, or maybe you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how to get new customers?  Well, now there’s a free Google tool to give you these insights and more!

eCommerce store owners now have access to Grow My Store which is part of the Think With Google suite of tools.  Grow My Store is designed to:

    • Let you see how your store stacks up to others within your industry;
    • Point out areas where your site can use a bit of improvement;
    • Give you access to personalized market and consumer trends designed to help you get new customers;
    • Provide you access to other Google tools and expert advice.

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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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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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Introducing ScriptCheck – A Necessary Check-Up for all eCommerce Stores

As we ring in the new year, we’re also welcoming our first new product of 2020 – one that is a must for any eCommerce store owner.

First, a little back-story.  A few weeks ago during one of our weekly meetings, I got an urgent text message from one of our clients saying their shopping cart wasn’t loading.

Sure enough, it wasn’t.  However, other store’s carts on the same platform were functioning normally.  We paused our meeting and began to dig into the root cause of the issue.

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Mixed Content Will Soon Be Blocked on Google Chrome

Store owners take heed.  Google is set to roll out updates to their Chrome web browser that will automatically block mixed content on web pages.

What does this mean?

When a user loads a secure website via https:// any content such as scripts, images, etc., being called via http:// will be blocked by default.

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The Time to Move to SSL is Now and We Make it Easy!

A lot can be said about establishing trust with your customers once they visit your website. Years ago, trust badges, secure server graphics, and customer testimonials were just a few things that online store owners were recommended to have on their websites to build customer confidence.

But times change!

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Yahoo Small Business Stores: What Should I Do With Security Manager?

There has been a lot of talk over the past few weeks since Google had recently made the announcement that starting in October 2017, if your website is not secure, the browser will be displaying errors warning customers that your site is not secure.  If you have not taken steps to migrate your website to SSL, the time is now. With the recent data breaches in the news, the push to a secure web has never in our history been this pronounced.  If you have not yet begun the preparation for SSL, it’s not too late.

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