Update 1 August:
Squirrly SEO is now fully compatible with the Gutenberg Editor. Read all about it in this article.
Why We Moved The Live Assistant Below The Editor
As you already know, the live assistant is being displayed on the right side within the classic WordPress editor.
To make Squirrly compatible with Gutenberg, we had to move the live assistant below the editor, which is something that some of you were not that thrilled about.
We get it – it’s kind of a pain to scroll down every single time to check if you’ve optimized your page correctly. Due to the fact that the Gutenberg blocks are displayed on the right side where our live assistant was, our only choice was to move it below.
We are now currently working on a progress bar that we can show so you’ll see at all times how optimized the page you’re working on is.
WordPress Gutenberg Editor
You’ve most likely already heard about the new WordPress update which will bring quite a drastic change to the WordPress editor we’re all used to.
WP 5.0 is going to introduce the Gutenberg editor that will use blocks to create different types of content.
If you’re familiar with visual editors such as Divi, then it will be easy for you to adjust to Gutenberg.
As of right now, WordPress users can download the new WP editor in the form of a plugin, test it out on their sites, and send their thoughts and feedback regarding the experience.
Even if you install the plugin, you will still be able to switch to the current visual editor and use Squirrly without any issues.
WordPress acknowledged that the current editor works wonders when it comes to creating written content. However, they also realized that the experience was not that great when it came to building pages and posts that required a mix of visual elements.
Squirrly SEO and WordPress Gutenberg
Over the last few months, we’ve worked quite a lot on making Squirrly’s live assistant compatible with the visual editors that the majority of Squirrly SEO users had installed on their sites.
Because the WordPress Gutenberg editor is similar to these types of builders, the live assistant may have a hard time picking up the content optimization from the blocks.
When WP 5.0 is going to be released, Gutenberg will become the default editor. This means that we need to rethink the way we integrate Squirrly in order to make it compatible with the new update.
For now, we plan to wait until Gutenberg is a stable editor. If we start making adjustments now, then they will probably stop being effective when other changes will be released.
We’re definitely open to your feedback and your thoughts about this major update, and if you get a chance to test it out, feel free to let us know what you think.