Understanding the different warning messages from PageSpeed Insights speed report

The first thing you need to know when running Google PageSpeed Insights (a.k.a. Google Lighthouse) is that it only provides general information. This report cannot identify if a certain code is really necessary or not, and this is especially important if you use third-party apps, as it might consider that the app code is not essential and claim that it could slow down your store.

Having this in mind, we will explain below why our app code may appear in some of the warning messages you can see in Google PageSpeed Insights:

Warning "Remove unused JavaScript"

The report detects our code as "unused code". We can definitely say this is a false positive. Bear in mind our app code must be present in order to be displayed on your product pages and be able to recommend products. 

Just for you to know, we are using a Shopify feature called App Embed Block system which allows merchants use the theme editor add/remove app blocks for easy customisation.

Warning "Serve static assets with an efficient cache policy"

Our resources are cached for about 1 minute (app data and preferences) and 1 hour (app script).The former is necessary to ensure that the app widget shows the most recent data, and allow you perform changes in your app preferences and have all changes reflected quickly.The latter is convenient to always have the latest version of our app, ensuring compatibility with the changes in the Shopify platform.

Having a different cache policy would cause more harm than good; for instance, our app widget would not show the most recent changes in regards to the configuration options you have chosen in the app preferences page or a new video that it has just been configured. For that reason, a shorter cache period guarantees that the app is working to its fullest potential.

Warning "Reduce JavaScript execution time"

In order to display our app on your store we need to insert the app JavaScript code. The report detects that our app code is loaded and may recommend to remove it because the report does not know what it does. However, our app code is essential to show the app.

Please note that our JavaScript files are compressed, minified, and served from a top world CDN to offer the best possible user experience to your customers.

Warning "Defer offscreen images"

This warning is referring to the play and sound controls which can be configured from the app preferences page to allow your customers to play or pause the video, and enable or disable the video sound. If you enable these options, the controls will be displayed, and for that reason these images have to be loaded. However, please be assured that the images are really light, and the potential savings would be minimal.

Warning "Avoid long main-thread tasks"

In order for our app to be displayed and continue working while your customers are browsing your store, it needs to remain active, and this is what the report identifies as a "long task". However, most of the time our app is doing nothing and consuming no resources but it must remain loaded to interact with your customers' actions.