Plugin Requirements

As of Yoast SEO 20.0, the settings interface inside our plugins has received a major overhaul. Please update to the latest version of Yoast SEO if your plugin does not look like the screenshots you encounter in our Help center.

Like most software, Yoast SEO has specific requirements to be able to run properly. Here, we list those requirements.

Note: In addition to the general requirements below, we recommend running current versions of everything on your site. That means you should regularly update your WordPress core, themes, and plugins. Learn why here.

Table of contents

WordPress version
PHP version
Database management systems
Requirements for Premium plugins
Browser requirements

WordPress version 

Yoast SEO supports the two latest versions of WordPress for both our free and premium plugins.

PHP version

PHP is a scripting language used for web development. For Yoast SEO to run properly, you should have a PHP version of 5.6.20 or higher. 

In fact, we recommend PHP version 7.4 or above. Before you upgrade to a higher PHP version, check if your WordPress site is ready for it. Read this help article to learn how to update your PHP version. 

Your PHP memory should be 256M or greater.

Database management systems

Yoast SEO requires: 

  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR
  • MariaDB version 10.0 or greater
Note: Yoast SEO may work on legacy environments that do not meet the above requirements.

Requirements for Premium Plugins

To receive update notifications for premium plugins, your host must support:

Browser requirements

To use our plugins in the admin you’ll need one of the following browsers:

The latest version of: 

  • Google Chrome for Android 
  • Samsung browser

The last two versions of:

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox 
  • Safari
  • iOS
  • Edge
  • Opera

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