How to install Yoast News SEO for WordPress

Thank you for purchasing Yoast News SEO. Please make sure that your website is following our guidelines on getting featured/included in Google News, and that you’ve installed Yoast SEO already, as these are required for the news add-on plugin to work.

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Download the add-on

You can download the add-on in the download section of My Yoast. When you click the download button of your add-on in My Yoast, you will either be prompted to select a folder to save the zipped file or your browser will save the zip file automatically to your download folder. You will need to know where the file was downloaded during the installation.

You can always visit the download section of My Yoast, should you wish to download the plugin again.

My download is a folder, not a zip file

If you’re downloading one of our plugins and instead of a .zip file you get a folder, your computer is unzipping the archive immediately. The steps to change this behavior depend on the browser you use to download the file. After you change the behavior using the steps here, return to your email and download the plugin again.

Install the add-on

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’.

  2. Click on ‘Plugins’.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Plugins’.

  3. Click on ‘Add New’.

    The ‘Plugins’ settings will expand providing you with additional options. Click on ‘Add New’.

    * If you do not see the ‘Add New’ option, your site is part of a network. Please install the plugin through the network admin under ‘My Sites’ > ‘Network Admin’

  4. Click the ‘Upload Plugin’ button near the top of the screen. 

  5. Click the ‘Choose File’ button.

    Browse to the folder where you saved the plugin download and select the plugin zip file.

  6. Click ‘Install Now’.

    This may take a while so be patient.

  7. Click ‘Activate Plugin’.

    If you have a network install, you will see the option to ‘Network Activate’. To activate the plugin for all sites within the network, click ‘Network Activate’. Otherwise, go to the individual site’s plugin list and click ‘Activate Plugin’.

  8. Please follow the steps to connect your subscription to the installed and activated add-on on your site.

Install through Composer

Want to install our premium plugins via Composer? Please read this post for more information on how to do that.

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