According to statcounter (03/2019), Chrome accounts for about 62,61% of the internet browser market share. Our own data from a big medical website show even higher numbers for Chrome, reaching 68% (11/2019).
Almost 5% of the hosts analyzed by us are affected by the issues with insecure http:// resources.
Of all 30911 hosts with mixed content:
20.552 have problems with images
All major web browsers are already blocking scripts loaded over http://. As of the beginning of 2020, the same will apply to images in Chrome.
In many cases the outcomes are not severe - a user will just receive a notification in the address bar informing them about the insecure resources and some functionalities or elements of a website, such as images may be gone. It may happen, however, that the subresources that are blocked are crucial for the website to function properly.
|Issue||Number of websites||Number of pages||Description|
|Czcionki||2.000||60.000||Some of the fonts may be blocked|
|CSS||130||2100||Some CSS files may be blocked|
|Google AdSense||220||24.000||Loading AdSense ads scripts may be blocked|
|Google Maps||1.000||13.000||Google Maps subresources may be blocked|
|Google Analytics||110||7000||Google Analytics script may be blocked|
|Widgets||700||41.000||Scripts arranged as widgets may be blocked|
|270||23.000||Facebook subresources may be blocked|
You may effectively leverage information on issues on a website in your customer acquisition strategy. If you can tell a prospective customer what is wrong with their website using a simple audit, it’s easier to appear as an expert. It makes a good opportunity to offer your services. Especially if it’s about such issues as pieces of website missing because of mixed content or lack of encryption.
Internet browsers use a shield icon in the address bar to inform about blocked scripts. The image below illustrates how it looks in Chrome.
It may be troublesome to check all pages on your website manually. It’s much easier to use Pulno instead, and generate a report with the encryption issues on all pages of your website.
A notification about issues with images loaded over a non-encrypted connection (HTTP).
55% of websites use encrypted protocol (HTTPS).
Over 83% of Chrome users on Windows visit websites loaded over https://.
More and more websites migrate from http:// to https://, especially after Google announced that HTTPS website protocols would be used as a ranking factor. Make sure that after the migration there’s no mixed content left on your website. Best-case scenario, a few images will be gone from your website. But it might also happen that some crucial scripts will stop working or even that your website will stop bringing ad revenue.
Jacek Wieczorek is the co-founder of Pulno. Since 2006, he has been optimizing and managing websites that generate traffic counted in hundreds of thousands of daily visits.
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