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Yoast SEO 20.5

Our latest release, Yoast SEO 20.5, includes enhancements and fixes to elevate your SEO journey. One of the most exciting updates is our improved Google SERP preview, now aligned with Google's current styling for both mobile and desktop. This allows you to see how well your snippets are optimized for the search result pages. Read all about it! Find out more about what's new in Yoast SEO 20.5 in our release post!


  • Updates mobile and desktop Google snippet previews to be in line with Google's current styling.
  • Improves the recognition of keyphrases starting with a period (e.g., ".net developer") by the keyphrase in title assessment.
  • Cleans up indexables that got orphaned because posts/terms/users got deleted while Yoast SEO was deactivated.


  • Fixes a bug where a fatal error would be thrown when upgrading Yoast SEO while having Local SEO active but never executed.
  • Fixes a bug where, if a content pertaining to a deleted user is re-assigned to another user, the indexables related to the deleted user are not updated with the new author_id.
  • Fixes a bug where posts in Elementor would persistently require an update when a related keyphrase was added.
  • Fixes a bug where the Google preview would show a duplicate slug in the breadcrumbs when the slug included encoded characters.
  • Fixes a bug where the highlighting for the passive voice, sentence length, transition words, and inclusive language assessments would not be applied to the first sentence of a paragraph if the paragraph contained a new line character.
  • Fixes a bug where the highlighting would not be applied in the image captions in Classic editor when the match was found in the first sentence.
  • Fixes a bug where the highlighting would not be applied to the first sentence in Classic editor when an image without caption was added at the beginning of a paragraph.
  • Fixes a bug where the passive voice and transition words assessments would show an incorrect percentage in the feedback when a new line character was used inside a paragraph.


  • Changes the last step of the First-time configuration to highlight the free webinar availability.
  • Drops compatibility with PHP 5.6, 7.0 and 7.1.