Chrome Bug Menu Glitch affecting WordPress menus

A bug in Google Chrome 45 Stable build is affecting WordPress Admin menus. Here’s a fix!

If you use Chrome and have updated to the latest Chrome 45 Stable build, you may have noticed your WordPress admin menus are a little messed up and are missing tabs or at times tabs seem to be stacked on top of each other or misaligned.

NOTE – This post refers to ‘Admin Menus’ only, the front end menus of your site should be unaffected.

Thanks to a tip from Tom Rodman, I learned that the there is a bug in the stable build of Chrome 45 that is causing the issue. The bug resides in the Slimming Paint code which was set to be enabled by default in Chrome 45. Slimming Paint is new code within Chrome that is supposed to “result in a drastic simplification of the way that composited layers are represented in Blink and cc, which in turn will yield improved performance, correctness and flexibility,” except in this case it just plain made WordPress Admin menus a mess for some people.

 

Thankfully there’s a fix, as reported by the fine folks over at WP Tavern.

To disable this feature, visit chrome://flags/#disable-slimming-paint in Chrome and Enable the Disable slimming paint option, and make sure the other two Enable options are disabled because they will override the Disable option.

The image below shows the flags you need to look for — all three flags should read “Disable” once you’ve toggled them. For whatever reason, I couldn’t locate the second “Enable Slimming Paint Phase 2” option so the fix isn’t working for me.

Disable-Slimming-Paint

After you’ve enabled/disabled the appropriate flags, restart your Chrome browser and you should be all fixed up. There’s also a server side fix you can install available over on GitHub if you’d prefer to use that instead — which did indeed fix the issue for me, and is a lot easier than asking a number of users to enable or disable Chrome flags.

With WordPress being used by nearly 75 million websites around the world, this is “a pretty big ‘whoops’” as Tom put it.

Are you experiencing the Chrome bug that’s affecting your WordPress admin panel menus? If so did the fix work for you? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

Thanks for the tip Tom!

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Just How Bad Was ‘Mobilegeddon’?

The search is over for millions of websites. When Google rolled out an algorithm change to favor mobile-friendly websites three months ago, brands and businesses that weren’t up to speed braced for “Mobilegeddon.” And that’s exactly what they got.

The infamous update, which took effect April 21, caused a decline of up to 10 percent in organic search traffic for websites that weren’t properly optimized, the latest “Digital Advertising Report” from Adobe says. Although the drop wasn’t precipitous, it was noticeable over time, said Tamara Gaffney, a principal at Adobe Digital Index, who spoke with Adobe’s CMO.com about the issue. The decline of organic traffic peaked on Memorial Day, and improved somewhat only to become more pronounced again in late June.

Digital advertising revenue was affected as well, with Google’s ad network delivering fewer ads and higher costs for websites whose mobile-friendliness hasn’t been addressed. Ad click-through rates, the report showed, fell 9 percent while the costs per click were up 16 percent, compared with the same three-month period last year.

Google pitched its algorithm change as a way to help mobile users find more high-quality content that is optimized for their devices. With mobile devices swallowing desktop usage, the Silicon Valley search giant had no choice but to act: As Pew Research noted last year, 64 percent of American adults own a smartphone, and a growing number are completely dependent on mobile devices for connectivity.

But as with any change in Google’s massive ecosphere, the mobile update was met with criticism by some businesses that felt they were being unfairly penalized for not playing by Google’s rules, with some companies saying they simply did not have the resources to optimize their websites.

“A lot of companies would like to see this as a Y2K moment,” Bill Nagel, co-founder of the online marketing company Netsertive, told International Business Times in April.

Adobe’s second-quarter digital index was released Wednesday. The quarterly research also included a “Social Intelligence Report,” which showed that even as Google is rushing to improve its mobile-friendliness, its display ad business is facing increased competition from the likes of Facebook. Click-through rates for Facebook were up 99 percent for the second quarter, compared with only 24 percent for Google.

Thanks to slowed growth in its key search business, Google missed earnings estimates for seven out of the last nine quarters.

Credit: Christopher Zara