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20.0

We're proud to introduce a brand new settings interface in Yoast SEO 20.0. We've worked hard to make this interface both beautiful and helpful. It's now much easier and enjoyable to work on your SEO. Plus, it's the start of much more cool stuff to come! Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 20.0 in our release post!

19.14

Yoast SEO 19.14 introduces the first round of improvements to the inclusive language analysis. We've made the analysis smarter in detecting terms in certain contexts and improved the feedback we give writers. Check it out! Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.14 in our release post!

19.13

Yoast SEO 19.13 proactively fixes an issue we found in the upcoming release of the Gutenberg editor. This release of the block editor breaks the link functionality when used in conjunction with Yoast SEO. The Yoast SEO release works around that so users can keep adding and changing links. Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.13 in our release post!

Enhancements

  • Prevents an incompatibility with the upcoming Gutenberg 14.8.0.

19.12

In Yoast SEO 19.12, we're introducing the inclusive language analysis — previously only available in Yoast SEO Premium. This will help you get feedback on words that might exclude part of your audience and get inclusive alternatives. This is only available in English for now. Plus, it is opt-in. Try it! Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.12 in our release post!

19.11

Yoast SEO 19.11 is out now. We're optimizing the Yoast SEO plugin to use fewer resources. This helps make your site faster and more efficient. In this release, we're doing this by streamlining your database. Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.11 in our release post!

19.7.2

Other

  • Removes the cURL minimal version check from the Site Health page, as it was causing issues.

19.7.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would be thrown in combination with certain plugins that change the standard login page URL.

Other

  • Changes the copy in the robots.txt comment.

19.7

Yoast SEO 19.7 is out today! We’ve rolled out some general enhancements, bug fixes, and security improvements in this release. Go check it out! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.7 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

Enhancements

  • Improves the handling of fatal errors in the front-end by preventing Yoast SEO to run in the login page, allowing users to access their dashboard.
  • Excludes empty custom post type sitemaps from sitemap_index.xml.
  • Introduces a new filter wpseo_sitemap_post_type_first_links that can be used to add links at the start of the first sitemap page for post types. Props to @jamalbou.

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug in the default editor where image elements would lead to repeated requests for that image source while editing content.

Other

  • Adds new disabled toggles to the Crawl settings tab in the General page.

19.6.1

Other

  • Fixes compliance with the wordpress.org plugin guidelines.

19.5.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would be thrown on the front-end when Yoast SEO 19.5 was used with an older version of Yoast SEO Premium.

19.4

Yoast SEO 19.4 is out today! In this release, we’ve rolled out some improvements to our Schema structured data implementation. Additionally, we've fixed several bugs and added a couple of small enhancements to ensure you get the best user experience with Yoast SEO. But that's not all, we also have a new integration page coming in this release. Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 19.4 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

18.9

Yoast SEO 18.9 is out now! In this release, we have improved the first experience users have with the plugin. The first-time configuration takes users by the hand and guides them in properly setting everything up so that search engines understand their site. Make sure to run that first-time configuration to see if you’ve filled everything in correctly! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 18.9 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

18.8

Did you catch the latest update from Google? Today they made some small changes to how they read XML sitemaps. But you don't have to worry about that - today's Yoast SEO 18.8 update already applies the latest standards. Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 18.8 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

Enhancements

  • Removes XML sitemap image properties title and caption following deprecation by Google.

18.6

Meet Yoast SEO 18.6: a small Yoast SEO update, fixing a number of bugs, including several bugs related to the Wincher integration. With the Wincher integration, you can track the rankings of your articles in the search results. If you haven’t checked that feature out, please do so! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 18.6 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where a version mismatch caused broken styling in WooCommerce select fields when linking products.
  • Fixes a bug where keyphrases could show up multiple times in Wincher table.
  • Fixes a bug where the Wincher connection flow would fail on certain installations.
  • Fixes a bug where the Wincher integration could throw a fatal error on PHP 8.0+.

Other

  • Adds a disabled Wincher integration toggle to the Network admin/Multisite Integrations tab.

18.5.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would occur on the site health page if WordFence was installed and active.
  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would occur on PHP 5.6.

18.4.1

Other

  • Reverts the 18.4 release due to errors in the WordProof integration.

18.4

In Yoast SEO 18.4, we're launching a new integration with an innovative new service called WordProof. WordProof offers a way to add timestamps to your content and add those to the blockchain to prove ownership. Try it out now! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 18.4 in our release post in English or our release post in Spanish!

Enhancements

  • Adds the possibility to timestamp your Privacy Policy page and your WooCommerce Terms and Conditions page by use of a WordProof certificate.

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where the Google preview would display wrong breadcrumbs for child pages.
  • Fixes a potential error related to the has_ancestors column of our indexables table. Props to @junaidbhura.

Other

  • Sets the minimum required WordPress version to 5.8.

17.7.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where the notification to start configuring Yoast SEO would also been shown on existing installations.
  • Fixes a bug where Yoast addons would not inherit the auto-update settings from Yoast SEO.
  • Fixes a bug where changing the auto-update settings of another plugin could stop Yoast addons from being auto-updated.

17.4

Yoast SEO 17.4 is out today! This release comes with several fixes and enhancements to help database performance on larger sites by cleaning up data and streamlining retrieval. Happy updating! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 17.4 in our release post!

Enhancements

  • Improves two queries used to determine whether or not a site has been fully processed using our SEO data optimization. This should prevent potential slowdowns in extremely large sites.

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where the url property in the search page schema would be empty.
  • Fixes a bug where a duplicate canonical tag was output for web stories created with the Web Stories plugin. Props to swissspidey.
  • Fixes a bug where a race condition could occur that caused the rewrite rules to be flushed on every page request when using a persistent cache like Redis. This may speed up your site’s load times if it’s using persistent caching.

17.3

Yoast SEO 17.3 is out today! This release includes general bug fixes to some SEO assessments and improvements to indexables data management. Now is as good a time as any to start optimizing your content with Yoast SEO! Read more about what's new in Yoast SEO 17.3 in our release post!

17.2.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug that could lead to a fatal error in the breadcrumbs block for auto-draft posts.

17.2

Yoast SEO 17.2 is out now! Yoast SEO comes with many powerful tools that will help you write SEO-proof and readable texts. And as of today, you can also work on your readability in the Farsi language. Readable content is awesome content! Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 17.2 in our release post!

17.1

Yoast SEO 17.1 is out today! In this release, you’ll find a couple of small changes that’ll help you write great titles that stand up to Google’s scrutiny. It also includes some behind-the-scenes improvements, including several fixes for our indexables data management. For now, please enjoy Yoast SEO and write the best possible content in the language of your choice! Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 17.1 in our release post!

17.0

Say hello to Yoast SEO 17.0! This release includes some behind-the-scenes improvements, including several fixes for our indexables data management. For now, please enjoy Yoast SEO and write the best possible content in the language of your choice! Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 17.0 in our release post!

Enhancements

  • Speeds up load times of admin pages by preventing unnecessary counts of unindexed objects.
  • Cleans up items from the database that are not used anymore, thereby reducing the size of many sites' database.
  • Improves the overall performance and responsiveness in Gutenberg.

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where the Save all button in the bulk editor did not work.
  • Fixes a bug where the Existing column in the bulk editor did not update after save.

Other

  • Updates the message that recommends you to install WooCommerce SEO when WooCommerce is installed.

16.8

Yoast SEO 16.8 is out today! This release comes with an updated readability analysis with support for two new languages: Norwegian and Slovak. Did you know that Yoast SEO is nearing language support for twenty languages? Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 16.8 in our release post!

16.7

Meet Yoast SEO 16.7! This release comes with extended support for headless WordPress. Yoast SEO comes with a REST API that developers can use to access our metadata in a headless WordPress installation. In Yoast SEO 16.7, we’re making more data available and also in a different format: JSON. Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 16.7 in our release post!

16.6.1

Bugfixes

  • Fixes a bug where many Premium editor features would not work if Yoast SEO was updated to version 16.6 while Yoast SEO Premium was still on version 16.5 or lower.

16.6

Yoast SEO 16.6 comes with a new round of improvements and fixes. We’ve updated the analysis to exclude sentences inside tables and table captions from the consecutive sentences assessment. Enjoy! Read more about what’s new in Yoast SEO 16.6 in our release post!

16.5

Yoast SEO 16.5 is out today! This release comes with a number of fixes and enhancements. For instance, easier social media settings, better understanding of the Turkish and Czech languages and improvements to the breadcrumbs schema output. Read all about it in our release post!