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

8.3-RC2 2018-09-20 13:23 UTC


=== 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, Google Search Console, Content analysis, Readability
Requires at least: 4.8
Tested up to: 4.9.8
Stable tag: 8.3-RC2
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 keywords.
* **[Premium]** Multiple focus keywords: Optimize your article for synonyms and related keywords.
* **[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.
* Integrates with Google Search Console: See how your site performs in the search engines and fix crawl errors.
* 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 errors from Google Search Console, 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 multiple focus keywords, 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 ==
= 8.3.0 =
Release Date: September 25th, 2018


* Fixes a bug where an incorrect time would be outputted in the `article:published_time` and `article:modified_time` meta properties when a timezone with numerical UTC offset was used (e.g. UTC+10).
* Fixes a bug where the `article:published_time` and `article:modified_time` meta properties would be localized. Props to [AminulBD](https://github.com/AminulBD).
* Fixes a bug where the structured data rendered by the Gutenberg How-To and FAQ blocks was rendered on pages with multiple posts.
* Fixes a bug where snippet variables would not be replaced in the `og:description` of taxonomies when they were added in the Facebook Description input field.
* Fixes a bug where `babel-polyfill` would throw an error that there shouldn't be two instances of babel-polyfill.
* Fixes a bug where the `bold` button was available in the How-to block's step title and the FAQ block's Question field while they were already bold by default.


* Adds a colon to the list of possible title separators.
* Adds a setting and filter (`wpseo_duration_text`) to the how-to block that allows users to edit the text describing the time needed.
* Adds a help text to the readability analysis.


* Adds a notice to the Yoast SEO dashboard that is shown when both Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Pack plugins are active.
* Makes the duplicate content link on the archive settings open in a new tab. Props [nikhilbarar](https://github.com/nikhilbarar).
* Changes the notification message that is shown when a new SEO-related issue has been found.
* Uses the correct type as the second argument of the `wpseo_sitemap_exclude_empty_terms` filter call when determining which taxonomies should have a sitemap. Props to: [liarco](https://github.com/liarco).
* Removes the executable bits on SVN assets. Props to [mathieu-aubin](https://github.com/mathieu-aubin).
* Introduces an API function to get all Yoast SEO-related capabilities. Props to: [JoryHogeveen](https://github.com/JoryHogeveen).
* Changes the `@context` property from `http://schema.org` to `https://schema.org` in the FAQ and How-To block's structured data output.
* Rename the `associatedMedia` property in the FAQ and How-To block's structured data output to `image`, to reflect a change in Google's guidelines.
* Moves the `@type` and `name` properties to the root of the FAQ block's structured data output.
* Nests the `Question` objects in the newly introduced `mainEntity` property in the FAQ block's structured data output.
* Removes the superfluous `position` property from the How-To block's structured data output.

= 8.2.0 =
Release Date: September 11th, 2018


* Introduces a How-To block in Gutenberg to create a How-to guide in an SEO-friendly way. Read more about the Gutenblocks in [https://yoa.st/gutenblocks](our release post).
* Introduces a FAQ block in Gutenberg to list your Frequently Asked Questions in an SEO-friendly way. Read more about the Gutenblocks in [https://yoa.st/gutenblocks](our release post).
* Adds readability analysis for Polish.
* On Multisite environments, in addition to the site domain, path and ID, also site titles are now present in the site selection dropdowns.


* Fixes a bug where changing the WordPress slug would not correctly update the snippet editor.
* Fixes a bug where the user input would trigger an analysis every time.
* Fixes a bug with incorrect zooming on older iPhones within the installation wizard.
* Fixes a bug where the OpenGraph image wouldn't show correctly for the frontpage in a few situations. Props to [@mt8](https://github.com/mt8) for the solution direction.
* Fixes a bug where the Yoast SEO network admin menu and admin bar menu would appear when the plugin was only active for the main site, and not for the entire network.
* Fixes a bug where snippet variables in the Twitter card title and description wouldn't be properly replaced.
* Fixes a bug where a non-existing dependency was requested on the Search Appearance settings page.
* Fixes a bug where the value of the primary category snippet variable in the classic editor wouldn't change when the primary category was changed.
* Fixes a bug where the Gutenberg editor in the Classic Editor plugin would crash when the primary category picker was loaded. If something goes wrong in the primary category picker, it now shows a notification, instead of making the entire editor crash.
* Fixes a bug where the readability analysis would not show the correct scores for cornerstone content.
* Fixes a bug where switching off the SEO analysis would stop the readability analysis from loading.
* Fixes a fatal error on the Term and Post edit pages when the server is running on PHP 5.2.

= Earlier versions =

For the changelog of earlier versions, please refer to https://yoa.st/yoast-seo-changelog