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Tech Tip for Writers #178–Website doesn’t load right!

tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

This tip is about visiting a website you love. Until today, it’s always displayed perfectly. Now, it’s a hot mess. My go-to one-step solution is:

Change browsers.

Here’s an example of a website loading poorly in Chrome (I blurred out the identifying details). It wouldn’t load the Amazon piece, not just on this one post, but every post I visited on the site:


But worked just fine in Firefox:


Problem fixed in five seconds.

Here’s my decision matrix on what to do in cases like this:

–image credit: Deposit Photos

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022


58 thoughts on “Tech Tip for Writers #178–Website doesn’t load right!

  1. Lol, I reviewed that book on my site. Hope this wasn’t my page. Although, I know well that Chrome acts up on certain websites and have to change browsers. Plus WP is a beast when it wants to be. 🙂

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  2. Ah! I had certain browser issues a while ago too. Changing browsers definitely helped, although it took some time for me to figure that one out 😀 XD

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  3. Hi Jacqui – it’s important not to get panicked isn’t it … and yes – there are always ways round things – I need to ask, but if I’m sensible … I can usually get some quick tips from friends. Thanks for the reminder – we can usually find a way round. Cheers Hilary

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    • Shoot. Well, Elon Musk’s Starlink should solve that. It’s fast but slower than cable, and ‘affordable’–whatever that means. It’s based off satellites so should avoid some of the problems you currently face.


  4. Great tip, Jacqui. I’ve had to do this one before and it’s worked, but I forgot about the solution as time goes by. Thanks for the reminder. And the decision tree is a great graphic. That pretty much sums it up!

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  5. Switching browsers almost always works for me, but I find clearing my cache also fixes issues where I cannot get sites I visit often to load. Granted, it makes signing back into everything a bit of a pain, but I think sometimes clearing the ol’ cache is a good thing! :0

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  6. Yup, you should always have more than one browser available to you. On the Mac I use Chrome and Safari. Browsers get updated all the time and sometimes one works better than another. I use to use Firefox on Mac until it had too many problems then I switch to Chrome. As the problems in chrome are growing, I’ll likely switch to Safari.

    Also, sometimes the problem is specific to a certain platform. For example, if it’s not working on your tablet, try the your desk top or phone. I’ve also seen problems between Windows and Mac systems.

    and sometimes it just a bad day – take a break, read a book and try later.

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  7. A few weeks ago I brought my iPhone to an Apple store because the home button wouldn’t depress. The technician saw that the button was cracked, and thus no longer could work. Turns out there’s a workaround for that — the technician was able to load an icon, from somewhere in Settings, that works more or less like a home button.

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  8. For a site that you don’t know, I like your cautionary stance of do nothing. It’s possible something mischievous is underway (e.g., a hack or malware). Wait and see is the best alternative.

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