Using the Web Dev Kit on a Website where Squirrly SEO is Already Installed

Using the Web Dev Kit on a Website where Squirrly SEO is Already Installed

Do you have the Web Dev Kit and want to use it to install a custom version of Squirrly SEO on a site where the default plugin is already installed?

This guide’s for you.

Keep reading to discover all the steps you need to take in order to successfully use the Web Dev Kit in this case.

Step 1: Back up Settings and SEO

Use the Import-Export feature from Squirrly SEO to:

  • Backup all SEO Snippets, Settings & Briefcase Keywords for the website where Squirrly SEO (default plugin) was already installed.

This step is important because:

It ensures that you will be able to restore all previous Squirrly settings, snippet optimizations, and Briefcase keywords after you delete the existing Squirrly SEO plugin from a website and install the Web Dev Kit version instead.

How to back up Settings and SEO:

Go to Squirrly SEO> SEO Settings > Import/Export

Scroll down to the section: Backup Settings & SEO, and make sure to complete ALL the following steps:

  • Download all the settings from Squirrly SEO by clicking on Download Backup.
  • Download all the Squirrly SEO Snippet optimizations by clicking on Download Backup.
  • Download all Briefcase Keywords by clicking on Download Backup. (ONLY the actual keywords will be included in the backup)

🚨 After you install the ZIP file with the Web Dev Kit – enabled plugin customizations, you will need these files to restore Briefcase keywords, as well as previous snippet optimizations and settings you’ve configured using Squirrly SEO.

Step 2: Activate the option Delete Squirrly SEO Table on Uninstall

Go to Squirrly SEO> SEO Settings > Advanced

There you will find an option to: Delete Squirrly SEO Table on Uninstall.

Select that option by switching the toggle right.

When this option is turned ON, the Squirrly SEO table and options will be deleted from the database when you delete Squirrly from a WordPress site.

No trace of information will be left behind. Everything will be deleted from the database.

After turning the Delete Squirrly SEO Table on Uninstall option ON, DEACTIVATE and DELETE the existing Squirrly SEO plugin from the site where you want to add the Web Dev Kit, custom version.

Step 3: Download the ZIP file with the custom version of Squirrly SEO that you’ve created using the Web Dev Kit

Go to your Web Dev Kit Customization Panel.

Once you’ve saved your desired configurations and the Squirrly SEO plugin is customized, you can download the ZIP file with the custom version you’ve created using the Web Dev Kit.

Clicking on the Download Squirrly SEO Plugin button will initiate the download process and you can simply save the ZIP file to your computer.

IMPORTANT!

All customization options that you can enable using the Web Dev Kit are explained in detail here >>

If you don’t know how to customize Squirrly SEO using the Web Dev Kit, make sure to read this resource first!

Step 4: Install the Web Dev Kit ZIP file

To install the ZIP file with your custom Squirrly SEO plugin:

  1. Login to your admin account on the WordPress site where you want to add the custom version of Squirrly.
  2. Go to Plugins > Add New

3. Then click on Upload Plugin. To add the ZIP file that you’ve downloaded from your Web Dev Kit Customization Panel, click on the Choose File button.

Next, click on Install Now.

4. After the upload is complete, click on: Activate Plugin.

The downloaded plugin (ZIP file) will reflect all the configurations you’ve made within the Web Dev Kit Customization Panel.

Step 5: Restore the SEO and Settings You’ve Backed up in Step 1

Go to Squirrly SEO> SEO Settings > Import/Export

Scroll down to the section: Restore Settings & SEO, and make sure to complete ALL the following steps:

  • To restore settings: upload the SQL file with the saved Squirrly Settings and then click on Restore Settings.
  • To restore SEO Snippets: upload the SQL file with the saved Squirrly SEO snippet optimizations and then click on Restore SEO.
  • To restore Briefcase Keywords: upload the SQL file with the saved Briefcase Keywords and then click on Restore.

That’s it!

By taking these steps, you will be able to replace an existing, previously-installed Squirrly SEO plugin with the Web Dev Kit, custom one – but retain the SEO snippet optimizations, settings, and Briefcase keywords from the previous install.

How to Remove the Category Base from WordPress using Squirrly SEO

In this short tutorial, we are going to show you how to easily remove the category base from WordPress using Squirrly. But first, let’s quickly go over some of the reasons why you may want to do this in the first place.

WordPress has a default feature called Category Base which adds the word category as base prefix to URLs for category pages. Removing the category base completely removes the ‘/category/’ from your permalinks (URLs). 

This can make your category URLs more aesthetically appealing, more intuitive, as well as easier to understand and remember by site visitors.

Example: 

– if the original slug was ‘yoursite.com/category/seo-best-practices’,

– the modified slug (after removing the category base) would be ‘yoursite.com/seo-best-practices’.

^^ as you can see, the modified link in the example above is now shorter and looks cleaner while still including the keywords which are important for SEO.

The method we present in this article also works for removing the category base (/product-category/) from all products categories (for WooCommerce websites).

One thing to keep in mind is this:

The steps we’ll walk you through here involve a free Add-ON for Squirrly SEO, so you will need to have the Squirrly SEO plugin installed on your site. 

OK, now let’s get to it!

Step 1: Install the Squirrly SEO – No Category Base Add-ON on Your Website

(the ZIP file with the Add-ON will automatically download) 

  • 2️⃣ Save the ZIP file to your computer;
  • 3️⃣ Log in to your WordPress site. Go to Plugins >> Add New.
  • 4️⃣ Click on Upload Plugin and add the ZIP file from your computer by clicking on the Choose File button. Click on Install Now next.

(as shown in the screenshot below)

  • 5️⃣ After the upload is complete, click on: Activate Plugin.

Step 2: Go to Squirrly SEO > SEO Settings

If you correctly followed the instructions from Step 1, you will see the Categories section appear at the bottom of the left Menu (as shown in the screenshot above).

Click on Categories, and you’ll see that Squirrly has automatically enabled a setting that removes the category base from all post categories and product categories (if applicable).

!! This setting will only affect POST categories and PRODUCT categories (for WooCommerce).

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Switching the toggle left and clicking on Save Settings (as shown in the screenshot above) will reverse this setting.

Be careful when using this option, though, as deciding to reverse it after a while will result in pesky 404 errors, and you would need to manually create redirects to avoid that. Depending on the number of categories you have, this can be a time-consuming hurdle, which is why we recommend letting this option ACTIVE once you’ve enabled it for your site.

Also note that the settings you make here will only be ACTIVE as long as the Squirrly SEO – No Category Base Add-ON is active on your site.

Best Practice

If you modify the permalinks of your site, make sure you redirect the old URLs to your new ones. This way, you can make sure that visitors landing on the old category page will not run into an error or have a bad experience on your site.

Notes!

✅ Once you install it on your site, you will be able to see the Add-ON plugin (Squirrly SEO – No Category Base) in your list of installed plugins. In case a new version will be available, a notification will appear in this section and you will be able to update to the latest version.

Deactivating or deleting the Squirrly SEO – No Category Base Add-ON will result in the Categories section from SEO Settings NO longer being available (you will no longer be able to access the No Category Base option and the settings you’ve enabled using this option will no longer be active for your site).  

Using Squirrly SEO with Brizy: Key Things You Should Know

Are you using the Brizy Builder to design your WordPress site? Awesome!

Squirrly SEO works great with Brizy to help you get to the top of Google’s Search Results.

Keep reading to learn more about this!

Squirrly SEO and Brizy– Important Things You Should Know

Squirrly SEO provides:

  • full Support for Technical SEO on Brizy Builder;
  • full support for the rankings and audits made for pages using Brizy;
  • Content Optimization Help. Squirrly SEO works with sites built with the Brizy Builder in the backend.

 ✅ Squirrly SEO features that work great with the Brizy Builder:

  • Focus Pages – it’s one of the most important features in Squirrly, so it’s awesome that you are able to use this.
  • Next SEO Goals all work with the Brizy Builder. You will get customized Goals for your site and pages;
  • 14 Days Journey Course;
  • Progress and Achievements;
  • Chances of Ranking Calculator;
  • SEO Live Assistant works with Brizy in backend;
  • Squirrly Cloud App;
  • Keyword Research;
  • Google Search and Trends;
  • Briefcase (including Labels and everything else in the Briefcase feature);
  • SEO Automation;
  • Bulk SEO and Snippets;
  • Open Graph Optimization;
  • Twitter Card Optimization;
  • Visibility Settings;
  • Sitemap XML;
  • JSON-LD Structured Data;
  • Google Analytics Tracking;
  • AMP support;
  • Google Search Console;
  • SEO Links;
  • SEO Image;
  • Robots.txt file;
  • Favicon Site Icon;
  • Webmaster Tools;
  • On-Page SEO METAs;
  • Remove META Duplicate;
  • 404 URLs Redirects;
  • Complete SEO Audits;
  • Import SEO and Settings;
  • Settings Assistant;
  • etc.

Important!

 ✅ Our Analytics features are able to read all the data even from pages built with the Brizy Builder.

 ✅ Features such as the SEO Audit and Focus Pages C A N read all the content of your pages, even if they were built with Brizy.

 ✅ You can see data regarding click-through-rateimpressionstrafficclicks – works for all pages built with Brizy, which gives you a lot of information that you can use to better understand performance and know what tweaks you need to make to achieve even better results.

You’ll also see information about the speed with which your pages load, their Authority, and much more.

All functionality and features listed in: Squirrly > All Features work with the Brizy Builder.

So, you will be able to use Squirrly to do Brizy SEO and start ranking your pages in the top positions in Google Search.

Using Squirrly SEO with Oxygen: Key Things You Should Know

Are you using the Oxygen Builder to design your WordPress site? Awesome!

Squirrly SEO works great with Oxygen to help you get to the top of Google’s Search Results.

Keep reading to learn more about this!

Squirrly SEO and Oxygen – Important Things You Should Know

Squirrly SEO provides:

  • full Support for Technical SEO on Oxygen Builder;
  • full support for the rankings and audits made for pages using Oxygen;
  • Content Optimization Help. Squirrly SEO works with sites built with the Oxygen Builder in the backend. In 2021, we’ve added compatibility with Oxygen plugin to check the content optimization in backend. See what else was included in the May Updates Pack here >>

 ✅ Squirrly SEO features that work great with the Oxygen Builder:

  • Focus Pages – it’s one of the most important features in Squirrly, so it’s awesome that you are able to use this.
  • Next SEO Goals all work with the Oxygen Builder. You will get customized Goals for your site and pages;
  • 14 Days Journey Course;
  • Progress and Achievements;
  • Chances of Ranking Calculator;
  • SEO Live Assistant works with Oxygen in backend;
  • Squirrly Cloud App;
  • Keyword Research;
  • Google Search and Trends;
  • Briefcase (including Labels and everything else in the Briefcase feature);
  • SEO Automation;
  • Bulk SEO and Snippets;
  • Open Graph Optimization;
  • Twitter Card Optimization;
  • Visibility Settings;
  • Sitemap XML;
  • JSON-LD Structured Data;
  • Google Analytics Tracking;
  • AMP support;
  • Google Search Console;
  • SEO Links;
  • SEO Image;
  • Robots.txt file;
  • Favicon Site Icon;
  • Webmaster Tools;
  • On-Page SEO METAs;
  • Remove META Duplicate;
  • 404 URLs Redirects;
  • Complete SEO Audits;
  • Import SEO and Settings;
  • Settings Assistant;
  • etc.

Important!

 ✅ Our Analytics features are able to read all the data even from pages built with the Oxygen Builder.

 ✅ Features such as the SEO Audit and Focus Pages C A N read all the content of your pages, even if they were built with Oxygen.

 ✅ You can see data regarding click-through-rateimpressionstrafficclicks – works for all pages built with Oxygen, which gives you a lot of information that you can use to better understand performance and know what tweaks you need to make to achieve even better results.

You’ll also see information about the speed with which your pages load, their Authority, and much more.

All functionality and features listed in: Squirrly > All Features work with the Oxygen Builder.

So, you will be able to use Squirrly to do Oxygen SEO and start ranking your pages in the top positions in Google Search.

Using Squirrly SEO with WP Bakery: Key Things You Should Know

Do you use WPBakery for your website? Awesome!

Squirrly SEO works great with WPBakery to help you get to the top of Google’s Search Results.

Keep reading to learn more about this!

Squirrly SEO and WPBakery– Important Things You Should Know

Squirrly SEO provides:

  • full Support for Technical SEO on WPBakery Builder;
  • full support for the rankings and audits made for pages created using WPBakery;
  • Content Optimization Help. Squirrly SEO works perfectly with sites built with the WPBakery Builder.

Squirrly SEO 2021 UPDATE : Now even the SEO Live Assistant from Squirrly SEO works flawlessly with WPBakery. Learn more about this here.

  •  ✅ Squirrly SEO features that work great with the WPBakery Builder:
  • Focus Pages – it’s one of the most important features in Squirrly, so it’s awesome that you are able to use this.
  • Next SEO Goals all work with the WPBakery Builder. You will get customized Goals for your site and pages;
  • 14 Days Journey Course;
  • Progress and Achievements;
  • Chances of Ranking Calculator;
  • SEO Live Assistant;
  • Squirrly Cloud App;
  • Keyword Research;
  • Google Search and Trends;
  • Briefcase (including Labels and everything else in the Briefcase feature);
  • SEO Automation;
  • Bulk SEO and Snippets;
  • Open Graph Optimization;
  • Twitter Card Optimization;
  • Visibility Settings;
  • Sitemap XML;
  • JSON-LD Structured Data;
  • Google Analytics Tracking;
  • AMP support;
  • Google Search Console;
  • SEO Links;
  • SEO Image;
  • Robots.txt file;
  • Favicon Site Icon;
  • Webmaster Tools;
  • On-Page SEO METAs;
  • Remove META Duplicate;
  • 404 URLs Redirects;
  • Complete SEO Audits;
  • Import SEO and Settings;
  • Settings Assistant;
  • etc.

Important!

 ✅ Our Analytics features are able to read all the data even from pages built with the WPBakery Builder.

 ✅ Features such as the SEO Audit and Focus Pages C A N read all the content of your pages, even if they were built with WPBakery.

✅ You can see data regarding click-through-rateimpressionstrafficclicks – works for all pages built with WPBakery, which gives you a lot of information that you can use to better understand performance and know what tweaks you need to make to achieve even better results.

You’ll also see information about the speed with which your pages load, their Authority, and much more.

All functionality and features listed in: Squirrly > All Features work with WPBakery, so you can start making the most out of all features from Squirrly and rank your pages at the top of Google Search Results.

Using Squirrly SEO with Divi: Key Things You Should Know

Are you using Divi for your website? Awesome!

Squirrly SEO works great with Divi-based sites to help you get to the top of Google’s Search Results.

Keep reading to learn more about this!

Squirrly SEO and Divi – Important Things You Should Know

Squirrly SEO provides:

  • full Support for Technical SEO on Divi Builder and Divi Theme from Elegant Themes;
  • full support for the rankings and audits made for pages created using Divi;
  • Content Optimization Help. Squirrly SEO works with Divi-based sites in the backend.

Squirrly SEO 2021 UPDATE : Now even the SEO Live Assistant from Squirrly SEO works directly with Divi Builder on the back-end; so you can use the SEO Live Assistant on your Divi Pages directly INSIDE WordPress.

In the past, the SEO Live Assistant was the only feature from Squirrly SEO that wasn’t fully integrated with Divi and required the workaround of having to create the content on our Cloud App and then copy-paste parts of it into the design of the page.

This is NO longer required and it will be easier to optimize Divi content.

Squirrly SEO features that work great with Divi-based sites:

  • Focus Pages – it’s one of the most important features in Squirrly, so it’s awesome that you can use this for your Divi-based site;
  • Next SEO Goals all work with the Divi Builder and the Divi Themes. You will get customized Goals for your site and pages;
  • 14 Days Journey Course;
  • Progress and Achievements;
  • Chances of Ranking Calculator;
  • SEO Live Assistant;
  • Squirrly Cloud App;
  • Keyword Research;
  • Google Search and Trends;
  • Briefcase (including Labels and everything else in the Briefcase feature);
  • SEO Automation;
  • Bulk SEO and Snippets;
  • Open Graph Optimization;
  • Twitter Card Optimization;
  • Visibility Settings;
  • Sitemap XML;
  • JSON-LD Structured Data;
  • Google Analytics Tracking;
  • AMP support;
  • Google Search Console;
  • SEO Links;
  • SEO Image;
  • Robots.txt file;
  • Favicon Site Icon;
  • Webmaster Tools;
  • On-Page SEO METAs;
  • Remove META Duplicate;
  • 404 URLs Redirects;
  • Complete SEO Audits;
  • Import SEO and Settings;
  • Settings Assistant;
  • etc.

Important!

✅ Our Analytics features are able to read all the data even from pages built with Divi.

✅ Features such as the SEO Audit and Focus Pages C A N read all the content of your pages, even if they were built with Divi.

✅ You can see data regarding click-through-rate, impressions, traffic, clicks – works for all pages built with Divi, which gives you a lot of information that you can use to better understand performance and know what tweaks you need to make to achieve even better results.

You’ll also see information about the speed with which your pages load, their Authority, and much more.

All functionality and features listed in: Squirrly > All Features work with the Divi Theme and the Divi Builder. So, you will be able to use Squirrly to do Divi SEO and start ranking your pages in the top positions in Google Search.

Migrating Data: How to Switch from SEO Pressor to Squirrly SEO

Decided to upgrade from SEO Pressor to Squirrly? Welcome, we’re grateful to have you.

Just thinking about switching? We welcome that thought, too. 🙂

We know that migrating data from other SEO plugins can seem like a complicated task. You may be worried that you’ll lose important data or the work you’ve previously done – and that you’ll have to start from scratch.

Rest assured, switching from SEO Pressor to Squirrly SEO is fast, easy, and secure thanks to Squirrly’s import capabilities.

We make sure that your data is migrated carefully. This way, you don’t lose important optimizations you’ve previously made.

In this article, we’ll show you:

  • how easy it is to import your data from SEO Pressor
  • and let you know exactly WHAT gets imported during the process.

Let’s get to it.

First things first, what data gets imported from SEO Pressor?

Here is everything that we import from SEO Pressor to help you make sure that your previous work remains intact.

SEO Snippet optimizations :

  • Title
  • Description

You won’t have to start over and re-write your meta descriptions or titles once you’ve made the switch to Squirrly. All this data will be safely transferred to Squirrly SEO.

In fact, once the import process is complete, you can go to BULK SEO settings and check that your data has been correctly transferred.

Good. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s go over the steps of importing your data from SEO Pressor to Squirrly SEO.

There are two ways to migrate your data.

Option 1: Import using Squirrly’s Onboarding Assistant

You can import your data from SEO Pressor as soon as you install Squirrly.

Once you get Squirrly SEO for your site, Squirrly will initiate an onboarding process that is meant to help you get started.

As part of the onboarding, Squirrly will scan your site to detect any SEO plugins that you may currently have installed on your site. So, if you have SEO Pressor installed on your site, Squirrly will automatically detect it.

From that point on, all you have to do is click on the Import button to start the Import process.

After clicking on the import button, Squirrly will show you a message to indicate the import from SEO Pressor has successfully been completed.

Option 2: Import using Squirrly’s Import/Export feature

If you haven’t imported your data from SEO Pressor during the onboarding, you have the option to do it using Squirrly’s Import/Export feature.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1. Go to the Import / Export section of Squirrly

The Import-Export settings are located in the SEO Settings section of Squirrly SEO. Navigate to Squirrly SEO > SEO Settings > Import/Export to reach the Import/Export page.

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Step 2. Import Settings

Looking at how Import SEO & Settings is set up, you may ask yourself why there are two different sections for this. The reason is that there is a clear distinction between Settings and SEO:

  • Settings are things you set up, such as: using Meta, using Open Graph, and so on.
  • SEO is what you work on and how you define custom texts.

To import settings from SEO Pressor, simply select SEO Pressor from the list and then click on Import Settings. (as shown in the image below)

⚠️ If you import the SEO settings from SEO Pressor, you will lose all the settings that you had in Squirrly SEO (the settings you import will overwrite the settings you make in Squirrly SEO). Make sure you backup your settings from Backup Settings & SEO before you do this.

Step 3. Import SEO

To import SEO from SEO Pressor, simply select SEO Pressor from the list and click on Import SEO. (as shown in the image below)

⚠️ As part of the Import SEO process, Squirrly will only import the SEO for the pages that were NOT yet optimized with Squirrly SEO.

This will ensure that you don’t lose the SEO for pages that you already optimized with Squirrly. So, unlike what happens for Import settings, the SEO you import will NOT overwrite the SEO for pages optimized with Squirrly.

That’s it! Your data is now safely transferred to Squirrly.

All your data is now imported into Squirrly! If you want, you can now go to BULK SEO settings and check that your data has been correctly transferred.

Import Done. What’s next?

Here are the settings you need to do in Squirrly after the import.

After the set-up for Squirrly SEO is complete, you can go ahead and deactivate the SEO Pressor plugin from your site.