Top 3 eCommerce Posts for January

5 Ways to use Irresistible High-Value Offers to Attract Clients to your Business – Growth Hackers.
Generating quality links can be a tricky task, especially for startups. Extensive marketing strategies do not always produce ideal results.

Top 8 Ecommerce SEO Trends for 2024 – Coalition
The use of AI is only one of the ecommerce trends of 2024.

How AI Is Being Used to Make Humans More Intelligent – Inc.
Just as the dawn of Google and YouTube helped expand our access to education, AI, when used correctly, can expand human intelligence.

Chrome Defaulting to HTTPS and Messing Up Some Sites

In its ongoing effort to promote a safer web browsing experience,  Google has decided to default HTTP URLs to the more secure HTTPS URLs.  This generally works fine because Chrome will only make the switch if the site has a valid secure certificate and can handle HTTPS.

So what is the problem?

In some cases, a site that Chrome switches to HTTPS will not display correctly.  Sometimes, its appearance is completely messed up.  This happens because Chrome will not load insecure links from a secure page.  Even though the initial page can handle loading securely, any non-secure links to other data will not load.  Things like images, JavaScript, and formatting files (CSS) will not load and therefore the display gets messed up.

The solution

The solution is to assume your web pages will always be viewed securely and thus ensure all URLs embedded on your pages are secure.  For stores using ShopSite to build their pages you merely need to go to Preferences > Hosting Service and enable the “Make Store URL secure” setting:


then click the Test URL button.  If “Success” is displayed, save the setting and Publish your store.  You are now good for the Chrome browser and other browsers that will also be incorporating this same functionality.


No matter the environment, increased security always comes with more work.  Luckily in this case, if you have used ShopSite for all your store pages, you merely have to click a button and you are good to go.  If you have created some pages outside of ShopSite or have hard-coded some URLs then you have a little more work to do to help keep the internet a little safer.


Top 3 eCommerce Posts for November

5 ChatGPT Prompts To Master Any Topic And Apply It To Your Business – Forbes
ChatGPT can make your perfect learning mentor, but only if you know how to prompt it effectively. Using these prompts, you can master any new area of business in record time.

Charlie Munger’s 10 Keys to Success – Inc.
Here are my takes on Munger’s 10 “best ideas to help you win at business and life”

Preventing Busyness from Becoming Burnout – HBR
For most of my working life, I’ve felt way too busy. Sometimes heart-stoppingly, wildly so — working long hours, missing out on family time or fun, and stressed beyond belief.

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