Is anyone having issues searching on ‘Gumtree.com.au’ I’m using ‘Safari’ version 9.1.3 (Build 9522.214.171.124) on OS X 10.9.5 ‘Mavericks’ (Build 13F1911) and for the last month or so when I try to enter a search on Gumtree the website literally “blanks out” i.e. I’m just left with a completly blank white screen. When I first bring up the homepage I can still click in and view member’s ads no problem, but without being able to search, Gumtree is quite useless.
I’ve been talking with Gumtree’s support people and they’ve said I’m not the only one who’s experienced problems with Gumtree recently, though whether the same problem I don’t know? They’ve ask the usual i.e. “Try turning off ad blocking software” or “Try a different browser”. I’ve said to them I’ve changed nothing at my end, and yes I disabled my ad blocker which of course made no difference, which I knew it wouldn’t. Searching did work again for a day and I emailed them back to say it appeared to be working normally again, but I spoke too soon as the next week I went to search for an item on Gumtree and of course I was back to the blank screen again.
I’ve now tested Gumtree on a public library computer running ‘Internet Explorer’ on the Window’s operating system. What version of ‘IE’, I’m not sure? but the library computers are running ‘Windows 7 Enterprise’, at least in the ACT. At any rate Gumtree search works fine on a Windows computer so it would seem Gumtree have either run some update or made some change to the search code or functionality that is now causing incompatibilities with Safari, at least under Mavericks. I’ve now also tested Gumtree search on another Mac, this time using ‘Safari’ 11.1.1 running on MacOS 10.13.5 ‘High Sierra’ and no issues.
It could be Gumtree have made a change that’s causing an issue specifically with Safari 9, although remember the search did briefly work again. It could also be a problem has developed with Safari on my computer. For this reason I’d like to know if anyone else using Safari 9 on Mavericks also has the same issue with Gumtree’s search? Also just to be thorough, I’d like to know what the results are using Safari under say ‘Lion’/‘Mountain Lion’ and under ‘Yosemite’, ‘El Capitan’ and ‘Sierra’. Also with other browsers like ‘Chrome’ and ‘Firefox’.
If there is a problem specifically with Safari on my computer that strangely only affects Gumtree, how can I fix it? I’ve already run ‘Repair Disk Permissions’ and that made no difference. What about Safari’s preference files, could one of them have become corrupt? I should mention too that for a short time Safari was displaying a warning message stating Gumtree’s security certificate was “invalid”! Whether this had anything to do with the search issue I don’t know as it didn’t come up before and its not coming up now.