The recent Google Chrome update (version 44.0.2403.89) has caused quite a stir in the web community over the last few days, as it has left many WordPress sites running WooCommerce unable to load the website styling (CSS) and in some cases logos and sliders. We are well aware of the upset this is causing and have therefore written this blog with the intention of helping website owners and managers out by offering two possible fixes for websites affected.

Why Has This Happened?

Website updates are nothing new and under normal circumstances nor is a Chrome update. Generally speaking they are something of a routine feature and tend to pass without much comment outside of the online forums for web developers. This latest update though is different as it is forcing WordPress sites running WooCommerce to adopt an SSL certificate and work using https:// instead of http://.

The SSL (standard sockets layer) provides a secure connection between internet users and the website they are visiting. The aim being to protect individual’s personal data and make surfing the net a safer experience.

If you visit a website with an SSL then any data you submit such as telephone numbers, addresses, credit card information will automatically be encrypted making it unavailable to potential hackers.

Our aim for this blog therefore is to set out two possible options for upgrading your site so that it runs correctly in the light of this update. Within the web community there is much chatter about when Google will bring out a fix for this bug but if you’re site is affected and is not displaying correctly then it would be advisable to read on and see how we can help.

Option 1 – Easier

WordPress have made it simple for their users by adding an update for all WordPress users accessible through the dashboard. Follow the instructions below and you will be taken through the steps one by one.

– Login to WordPress Dashboard

– Go to LEFT HAND column (see screen shot – below)

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– Click on Plugins (see screenshot – above) – bottom of picture

– Find the WooCommerce plugin (see screenshot – below) – click on it

– All done!

Option 2 – More technical

You can add the following code to your .htaccess file which forces the site to run in non https mode.

RequestHeader unset HTTPS

More information can be seen here – https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=505268.

Need Further Help?

Teapot offer all our web clients the opportunity to sign up for our website maintenance and support package and the managed hosting package.

For more information about these services and the pricing options please get in touch with us.

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