Security: no advanced settings for authors

This feature lets you determine who gets access to the Advanced tab of the Yoast SEO meta box and the Yoast SEO sidebar. In the Advanced tab, you find the settings that allow you to remove posts from the search results or change the canonical. These are powerful settings, and, as such, it is advisable to let only specific users access them. That is why, by default, only editors and administrators can see and use the Advanced tab in Yoast SEO.

If you want all users of your WordPress website to be able to operate the Advanced tab in the Yoast SEO meta box and the Yoast SEO sidebar, you can choose to switch this feature “off”. To do that, go to Yoast SEO in the admin menu, click the Settings menu item, and then the Site basic tab within the General > then navigate to Site preferences > and find the toggle for Restrict advanced settings for authors.

The settings in the Advanced tab of the Yoast SEO meta box and the Yoast SEO sidebar

With the Advanced tab in Yoast SEO, you can determine how search engines crawl and index your post or page. There are five settings in the tab: 

The Advanced tab in the Yoast SEO meta box

1. Allow search engines to show this Post in search results? 

This setting determines whether search engine robots can index your post or page. If you set this to ‘yes,’ the Google robots will index your post or page. As a consequence, your post or page will be able to appear in search engines.

 2. Should search engines follow links on this Post? 

Some of the links you add to a post or page may lead to parts of your website that you don’t want Google to index. With this setting, you can prevent Google from following such links. 

3. Meta robots advanced 

The advanced meta robots settings allow you to set the meta robots for this page or post to several values. Read more about the meta robots advanced settings here.

4. Breadcrumbs title

With the breadcrumbs title setting, you can change the breadcrumbs title for the Yoast SEO breadcrumbs. To learn more, read the article on how to change the breadcrumb title.

5. Canonical URL 

Some of your URLs may contain the same content. To avoid confusing Google (and the user), you can tell search engines which URL contains the original content. You do this by adding a canonical URL that this post or page should point to. 

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