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.
Why is Google going to block mixed content?
This move comes as Google attempts to beef up security for those who use the Chrome browser.
What do store owners need to do?
First off, if you’re a Yahoo! Store owner who hasn’t yet gone https://, now is the time to do it! More information on that can be found here, but we hope you jumped on this as soon as Yahoo! announced this feature last year.
If you’re a store owner and not sure if you’re site is serving up mixed content or not, we have a free tool for you to check your homepage as well as any other page on your site.
We encourage you to use this free tool to check various pages to make sure you’re not serving up mixed content anywhere such as on the homepage, section pages, item pages, and most importantly your checkout.
If our free tool determines you have mixed content on your site, it will alert you and let you know what your next steps are.
When will this begin?
These changes will begin to roll out in Chrome version 79 set to release in December 2019.
This post discusses the high level points of this change, store owners and developers looking to learn more should consult this blog post from Google for more information.
As always, if you have questions regarding how or if this change will impact your website or eCommerce store, feel free to reach out to our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Sanfilippo began his eCommerce journey in 1994 by co-founding one of the Internet’s first online retailers, TheFerretStore.com, which was acquired by PetCo in 2006. In 2001, he co-founded the eCommerce design and marketing firm Solid Cactus, which was acquired by web.com in 2009. Today, Scott is the General Manager of Your Store Wizards and lives in Delray Beach, FL. Scott can be contacted at email@example.com.