Is using document.write to improve store speed a genuine fix or a fake?

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Is using document.write to improve store speed a genuine fix or a fake?

Pawsson
Visitor
3 0 2

I hired Shopify Expert to improve my store speed (it was at around 30 by shopify score and PageSpeed insight was bit better). At first it looked that he did an awesome job and mobile / comp by PageSpeed was approx 90-95 / 98-100. However, I was soon informed that the expert had been used document.write to bypass the Pagespeed score and there is not much real improvements in my sore speed, and that this is actually not good with SEO for example.

Question: is this true? did this "expert" do a fake fix?

Store is: www.pawsson.fi if anyone wanna check and give me an advise?

Thanks,

Pawsson

Accepted Solution (1)

oreoorbitz
Shopify Partner
257 31 132

This is an accepted solution.

If you were told this is good for SEO, would you not mind that the developer used a hacky solution to increase your lab score?

But yes, if you see the screenshot bellow, and look at the pictures that PSI displays, you'll see they look nothing like the actuall website, the developer put a conditional so that when the site is loaded by PSI, only an empty page is returned, which is why the score is high.

 

Screenshot_104.jpg

Available for pagespeed consulting
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01a19b6cd90193f4f6?viewMode=1&s=1017484851352698949

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oreoorbitz
Shopify Partner
257 31 132

This is an accepted solution.

If you were told this is good for SEO, would you not mind that the developer used a hacky solution to increase your lab score?

But yes, if you see the screenshot bellow, and look at the pictures that PSI displays, you'll see they look nothing like the actuall website, the developer put a conditional so that when the site is loaded by PSI, only an empty page is returned, which is why the score is high.

 

Screenshot_104.jpg

Available for pagespeed consulting
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01a19b6cd90193f4f6?viewMode=1&s=1017484851352698949
Pawsson
Visitor
3 0 2

Thank you Oreoorbiz for confirming this. I checked a bit and it looks like that this guy have done same for other ppl too.

Not sure if it is inappropriate or not but I will publish the name, just in case it will prevent any other guy to fall into this trap! (moderator please delete this if you think this is not ok): So the scammer is Web Nation Media - https://experts.shopify.com/web-nation-media

DO NOT USE HIM! This guy should be thrown away from Shopify Experts.

Best,

Pawsson

nuova-idea
Explorer
46 0 20

i, any idea which is the part of the code to be removed to cancel this hack?

oscprofessional
Shopify Partner
15979 2391 3099

 

@nuova-idea ,

This script is illegal, that shows fake result.

you need to check in the theme.liquid file and remove this script as soon as possible that will affect your SEO. Google may not count your store rank.

Recently I have checked one store and caught this.

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uamosk
Tourist
3 0 0

Just found similar script,

I've deleted it with  the  3 elements together:

 

 

 {%capture pDescription%} and {% capture vendors %} and their corresponding closing tags - {%endcapture%}.

 

-thank you guys from the chat: https://community.shopify.com/c/site-speed/store-speed-scam-shopify-speed-do-not-match-lighthouse-sp...

 

 

nuova-idea
Explorer
46 0 20

same issue here, hired on Fiverr and got the same scam.

 

Let's spread the word to ban such behavior from unprofessional developers and protect other store owners.

 

The code looks like this:

document.open();

if(window['\x6E\x61\x76\x69\x67\x61\x74\x6F\x72']['\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6E\x74'].indexOf('\x43\x68\x72\x6F\x6D\x65\x2D\x4C\x69\x67\x68\x74\x68\x6F\x75\x73\x65') == -1 && window['\x6E\x61\x76\x69\x67\x61\x74\x6F\x72']['\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6E\x74'].indexOf('X11') == -1 && window['\x6E\x61\x76\x69\x67\x61\x74\x6F\x72']['\x75\x73\x65\x72\x41\x67\x65\x6E\x74'].indexOf('\x47\x54\x6D\x65\x74\x72\x69\x78') == -1) {

   console.log("normal user");

    document.write({{pDescription | json}});

  }

 

  else {

    document.write("<html><p>.</p></html>");

  }

  document.close();

sebastiansanche
Tourist
3 0 1

Just for everyone to know - This is exactly what "shoptimized theme" uses and when you notice that it's not working with google ads (as you'll be suspended) and email them, they'll ask you for access to your store and remove those lines 

E-comSolution
Shopify Partner
1 0 0

Hey Pawsson, wondering have your removed the malicious code yet, ran a store speed check and it still shows good results on google but the actual speed seems good, how did you go about that?

ccherukuri
Shopify Partner
16 0 10

I got scammed by this exact same code.

Is there a way to genuinely bump up the Store Speed?