eBay to avoid active content from its pages from 2017

eBay will be removing active content from its website to prevent series of troubles that may arise otherwise. The e-commerce company with its recent design changes for following year will address the problems such as more time taken by page to load because of lots of active content. Moreover, there are security concerns.

Beginning with the Spring 2017 Seller Update, eBay will limit the use of active content in all new listings across all devices and it will not be rendered by default. “By the Fall Seller Update 2017, we plan to remove or block listings with active content,” said eBay’s Brian Burke.

eBay announced the Spring Seller release earlier on Tuesday that would ban active content which includes JavaScript, Flash, plug-ins and form actions, which are used by sellers to enhance their listings. The recent decision is opposite action of the incident in October 2014 when eBay defended its use of active content. The new decisions were taken after making a review of processes and policies of eBay.

There are issues such as JavaScript tends not to load quickly, Flash is not mobile-friendly that triggered recent decision. Security issues also linger with active content being exposed. eBay has given time of one year to sellers to adjust to the changes.

The sellers use active content as useful applications such as adding their own tabbed pane description, searching their store, Links to video, Image galleries or carousels, live chat, embedding buyer feedback and Freight quotes.

Other associated with eBay are also trying to make changes required by the new adjustment on eBay. One such is Auctiva, which is well known for its scrolling galleries and merchandise their products, as well as offers a host of other tools for sellers. John Caplan, CEO of OpenSky, which acquired Auctiva said his team has been working with their partners at eBay and will continue doing so.

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