Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.

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=== Yoast SEO ===
Contributors: yoast, joostdevalk, tacoverdo, omarreiss, atimmer, jipmoors
Donate link: https://yoa.st/1up
License: GPLv3
License URI: http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html
Tags: SEO, XML sitemap, Content analysis, Readability
Requires at least: 4.9
Tested up to: 5.2.2
Stable tag: 12.1
Requires PHP: 5.2.4

Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.

== Description ==

### Yoast SEO: the #1 WordPress SEO plugin

Need some help with your search engine optimization? Need an SEO plugin that helps you reach for the stars? Yoast SEO is the original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users, ranging from the bakery around the corner to some of the most popular sites on the planet. With Yoast SEO, you get a solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results. Yoast: SEO for everyone.

Yoast SEO does everything in its power to please both visitors and search engine spiders. How? Below you’ll find a small sampling of the powers of Yoast SEO:

#### Taking care of your WordPress SEO

* The most advanced XML Sitemaps functionality at the push of a button.
* Full control over site breadcrumbs: add a piece of code and you’re good to go.
* Set canonical URLs to avoid duplicate content. Never have to worry about Google penalties again.
* Title and meta description templating for better branding and consistent snippets in the search results.
* **[Premium]** Expand Yoast SEO with the News SEO, Video SEO, Local SEO and WooCommerce SEO extensions.
* **[Premium]** Need help? Yoast SEO Premium users get 1 year free access to our awesome support team.

> Note: some features are Premium. Which means you need Yoast SEO Premium to unlock those features. You can [get Yoast SEO Premium here](https://yoa.st/1v8)!

#### Write killer content with Yoast SEO

* Content & SEO analysis: Invaluable tools to write SEO-friendly texts.
* The snippet preview shows you how your post or page will look in the search results - even on mobile. Yoast SEO Premium even has social media previews!
* **[Premium]** The Insights tool shows you what your text focuses on so you can keep your article in line with your keyphrases.
* **[Premium]** Synonyms & related keyphrases: Optimize your article for synonyms and related keyphrases.
* **[Premium]** Automatic internal linking suggestions: write your article and get automatic suggested posts to link to.

#### Keep your site in perfect shape

* Yoast SEO tunes the engine of your site so you can work on creating great content.
* Our cornerstone content and internal linking features help you optimize your site structure in a breeze.
* Manage SEO roles: Give your colleagues access to specific sections of the Yoast SEO plugin.
* Bulk editor: Make large-scale edits to your site.
* **[Premium]** Social previews to manage the way your page is shared on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
* **[Premium]** Redirect manager: It keeps your site healthy by easily redirecting deleted pages and changed URLs.

### Premium support

The Yoast team does not always provide active support for the Yoast SEO plugin on the WordPress.org forums, as we prioritize our email support. One-on-one email support is available to people who [bought Yoast SEO Premium](https://yoa.st/1v8) only.

Note that the [Yoast SEO Premium](https://yoa.st/1v8) also has several extra features too, including the option to have synonyms and related keyphrases, internal linking suggestions, cornerstone content checks and a redirect manager, so it is well worth your investment!

You should also check out the [Yoast Local SEO](https://yoa.st/1uu), [Yoast News SEO](https://yoa.st/1uv) and [Yoast Video SEO](https://yoa.st/1uw) extensions to Yoast SEO. They work with the free version of Yoast SEO already, and these premium extensions of course come with support too.

### Bug reports

Bug reports for Yoast SEO are [welcomed on GitHub](https://github.com/Yoast/wordpress-seo). Please note GitHub is not a support forum, and issues that aren’t properly qualified as bugs will be closed.

### Further Reading

For more info on search engine optimization, check out the following:

* The [Yoast SEO Plugin](https://yoa.st/1v8) official homepage.
* The [Yoast SEO Knowledgebase](https://yoa.st/1va).
* [WordPress SEO - The definitive Guide by Yoast](https://yoa.st/1v6).
* Other [WordPress Plugins](https://yoa.st/1v9) by the same team.
* Follow Yoast on [Facebook](https://facebook.com/yoast) & [Twitter](https://twitter.com/yoast).

== Installation ==

=== From within WordPress ===

1. Visit 'Plugins > Add New'
1. Search for 'Yoast SEO'
1. Activate Yoast SEO from your Plugins page.
1. Go to "after activation" below.

=== Manually ===

1. Upload the `wordpress-seo` folder to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
1. Activate the Yoast SEO plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
1. Go to "after activation" below.

=== After activation ===

1. You should see (a notice to start) the Yoast SEO configuration wizard.
1. Go through the configuration wizard and set up the plugin for your site.
1. You're done!

== Frequently Asked Questions ==

You'll find answers to many of your questions on [kb.yoast.com](https://yoa.st/1va).

== Screenshots ==

1. The Yoast SEO plugin general meta box. You'll see this on edit post pages, for posts, pages and custom post types.
2. Example of the SEO analysis functionality.
3. Example of the readability analysis functionality.
4. Overview of site-wide SEO problems and possible improvements.
5. Control over which features you want to use.
6. Easily import SEO data from other SEO plugins like All In One SEO pack, HeadSpace2 SEO and wpSEO.de.

== Changelog ==

= 12.1.0 =
Release Date: September 17th, 2019

Yoast SEO 12.1 is out today! It features a couple of changes in order to match the design of Google’s search results pages, this includes those shiny new favicons. In addition to this, we added a number of new filters for our Schema implementation. See what else is new in the latest release of your favorite SEO plugin in [our 12.1 release post](https://yoa.st/release-12-1)!


* Updates the desktop snippet preview to match Google's new font sizes.
* Introduces the usage of the site's favicon in the mobile snippet preview.
* Adds a collapsible around the hidden problems and notifications on the Yoast dashboard.
* Adds a filter `wpseo_schema_organization_social_profiles` that allows filtering an organization's social profiles in the schema output. Props to [juliquiron](https://github.com/juliquiron).
* Adds a filter `wpseo_schema_company_name` that allows filtering the company name in the schema output. Props to [@andrewgillingham](https://github.com/andrewgillingham).
* Adds a filter `wpseo_free_schema_company_logo_id` that allows filtering the company logo in the schema output. Props to [@andrewgillingham](https://github.com/andrewgillingham).
* Adds a filter `wpseo_sitemap_exclude_empty_terms_taxonomy` to control hiding empty terms per taxonomy.
* Adds a filter `wpseo_enable_structured_data_blocks` to allow disabling Yoast's structured data block editor blocks.
* Adds a `get_robots` method to retrieve the robot HTML without it being output. Props to [@bradymwilliams](https://github.com/bradymwilliams).
* Improves the input validation on the settings pages.
* Improves the consistency of the plugin icons.
* Improves the How-to and FAQ blocks styling for better compatibility with latest version of the WordPress blocks editor.


* Fixes a bug where subscription checks would fail on some sites due to certificate verification being disabled.
* Fixes a bug where the primary term selector would not display HTML entities properly. Props to [@dlh01](https://github.com/dlh01).


* Allows showing specific dashboard feeds based on the `wp_version` and `php_version` of a site.
* Removes the AMP Glue plugin suggestion from the SEO dashboard when AMP and Yoast SEO are installed. The AMP Glue plugin by Yoast will be discontinued soon.
* Removes the `Courses` menu-item.

= 12.0.0 =
Release Date: September 3rd, 2019

Contrary to what the version number might suggest, Yoast SEO 12.0 isn’t a huge release. It’s simply the next release in our current release schedule, but after hitting 11.9 a couple of weeks ago we had no choice but to go for 12.0. That’s how it goes! But don’t worry, there’s enough interesting stuff in this release, including two new checks for the Portuguese language. Read more about Yoast SEO 12.0 in [our 12.0 release post](https://yoa.st/release-12-0)!


* Adds a filter `wpseo_exclude_from_sitemap_by_term_ids` that allows excluding a term from the XML sitemap.
* Adds a filter `wpseo_xml_sitemap_include_images` that allows excluding images from the XML sitemap.
* Adds a maximum width to the metabox, props to [@justemoilouise](https://github.com/justemoilouise).
* Adds support for the assessment that checks whether multiple sentences begin with the same word for Portuguese, props to [amesdigital](https://github.com/amesdigital).
* Improves the wording in the configuration wizard notification, props to [@emilyatmobtown](https://github.com/emilyatmobtown).
* Improves user input validation for URLs.
* Improves the sentence length assessment for Portuguese by increasing the recommended sentence length limit, props to [amesdigital](https://github.com/amesdigital).
* Updates the document title with a message to communicate form submission errors have occurred.


* Fixes a bug where a 404 error would be shown for the second sitemap (and up) of the author sitemaps in case of multiple author sitemaps.

= Earlier versions =
For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to [the changelog on yoast.com](https://yoa.st/yoast-seo-changelog).