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Yoast SEO 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!


  • Adds an installation successful page to welcome first-time users.
  • Introduces the First-time configuration, replacing and improving the Configuration Workout.
  • Renames the main admin menu item to Yoast SEO instead of SEO.


  • Fixes a bug that would lead to race conditions when using persistent object caching.
  • Fixes a bug where a 403 error page would be thrown when a user tried to access the old configuration wizard.
  • Fixes a bug where our How To and FAQ blocks would not handle focus correctly when using WordPress 6.0.
  • Fixes a bug where the global var $post is sometimes modified unexpectedly. Props to grantalltodavid.


  • Adds a Premium badge to the Workouts menu item.
  • Updates the look of the Accounts tab in the Social page.