I am having problems with the Forbes site. Forbes.com. Wondering whether anyone can help me walk through this.
I think, I think, that there’s something wrong with their certificates…although my knowledge of what those are is pretty sketchy. But bear with me.
My assumption is that you register the site somewhere, someone issues a certificate saying “these are OK people”. Your browser, when loading a site, asks to see the certificate and then concludes, well, probably this is safe content. No, don’t explain it more technically than that, that’s roughly it?
And if it’s a safe site, with a reasonable certificate, then it loads nicely. And if the certificate is out of date or whatever, then it doesn’t?
So, when I’m inside the site if I’m in chrome the wordpress backend doesn’t load properly. I get something that looks like this:
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Instead of that normal wordpress appearance. It looks like everything is there, just that the code isn’t being translated by the browser into the normal look.
When I go in in Explorer, much the same happens. But it also asks me do I want to show unsafe content (not the right phrase, but). When I say yes then it resolves into the normal looking wordpress backend. Thus my assumption that it’s something to do with whether the site is considered safe or not, and thus about certificates. Also, on one mobile, it tells me that there’s a problem with the certificate.
That’s as far as my analysis skills can take me. But does this all sound logical?
And then there’s one more part. Traffic is slow at present. That would seem to me to be consistent with many people being told by their browser that there are certificate problems and thus not clicking through.
So, anyone know enough about these things to be able to tell me whether that all makes some sort of sense?