How to install Yoast SEO Premium

Thank you for purchasing Yoast SEO Premium. If you are looking for the installation guide for the free Yoast SEO plugin please see our guide here.

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Download Premium Plugin

You can download the plugin in the download section of My Yoast. When you click the download button of the Yoast SEO Premium plugin 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. Either way, you will need to know the location of that folder.

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

Don’t have a My Yoast account? Use our QuickStart Guide to help create one.

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 the download section of My Yoast and download the plugin again.

Upgrade from free version

If you are upgrading from the free version, please update to the most recent version of the free plugin first. Once you have the current free version, please deactivate the free version prior to upgrading to premium. After the upgrade, you can safely remove the free version as you no longer need it. When you remove the free version you may expect all your SEO data and settings to be transferred to the premium version.

Install Yoast SEO Premium

Installing the premium version is a little different than the free version because it’s a downloadable plugin and not one found in the free WordPress plugin repository.

If you are upgrading from the free version, please update to the current version and deactivate the plugin before installing premium.

  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 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.

    Screenshot of the upload plugin button on the add plugins screen

  5. Click the ‘Choose File’ button.

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

  6. Click ‘Install Now’.

    This may take a while so be patient.

    If you get an error message like “file is too large” or “The uploaded file exceeds the upload_max_filesize directive in php.ini” you can contact your host or check our Common Installation Errors.

  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. If you are upgrading from the free version, you can safely remove the free plugin now.

    All previously entered Yoast SEO data and settings are now available in the premium plugin.

  9. Please follow the steps to connect your subscription to the installed and activated plugin on your site.

Install through Composer

Want to install our premium plugins via composer? We’ve got you covered with this post on how to install Yoast plugins using composer.