Selecting the Page or Article type in your Schema settings

Yoast SEO automatically describes your pages using schema.org. This helps search engines to understand your website and your content. If you’d like to understand more about how this works, you can read our guide on structured data.

By default, Yoast SEO describes your Pages by using WebPage schema, and describes your Posts by using Article schema (and WebPage schema).

For most users, you won’t need to change these default settings (and, setting invalid options might result in errors).

For users who’d like more granular control, our schema controls can be used to change how you describe your content to search engines, based on your own logic and content types.

For example, you may wish to describe your website’s “About” page specifically as an “About Page” (using AboutPage schema), which is more precise than our default value of “Web Page” (WebPage schema). These kinds of changes may help search engines and other systems to better understand your content.

WebPage and Article options

When you edit your Pages and Posts, we provide options which enable you to change our default settings.

You can find the settings in the Yoast SEO meta box, or in the Yoast SEO sidebar. Note that some options may only be available on certain post types (e.g., Pages don’t support Article schema, because a valid Article requires an author).

The tables below describe the options which you can select in each case.

Page options

Page TypeDescription
Web PageA normal web page.
Our default setting for Pages.
Item PageA page specifically about a single item or thing, such as a product or a hotel.
About PageYour website’s “About” page.
FAQ Page*A page containing a list of questions and answers.
QA PageA page containing a single question with multiple possible answers.
Profile PageA page representing a person or user.
Contact PageA page with a contact form.
Medical Web PageA page containing medical information, diagnostic advice, or similar.
Collection PageA page which contains a list of other pages; such as a post archive or blog overview.
Checkout PageA page which is part of an e-commerce checkout process.
Real Estate ListingA page which features information about a property for sale/rental or similar.
Search Results PageA page which lists search results.

* We automatically describe all pages which contain a Yoast SEO FAQ block as an FAQPage in addition to any custom setting or defaults which you specify.

Post options

Page TypeDescription
ArticleA normal article.
Our default setting for Posts (but not for custom post types).
Social Media PostingA blog post or forum discussion thread.
News ArticleA news article.
Advertiser Content ArticleA sponsored or paid placement, such as an advertorial.
Satirical ArticleA satirical (i.e., untrue and/or humorous) article.
Scholarly ArticleA scholarly article, such as a scientific journal.
Tech ArticleA technical article, such as a technical guide or set of instructions.
ReportA report, such as a white paper.

Managing and changing defaults

Our default settings are suitable for most websites, but those defaults can be altered for each specific post type on your website. E.g., you may wish to automatically set the default Article type on all of your Posts to be ‘Social Media Posting’.

You can change your default settings via your Search Appearance settings.

Note that changing the default settings for a post type will change the schema settings on all posts of that type, except for those where you have previously selected a value other than the current default.

Setting invalid options can cause validation errors

Our default logic comes with a lot of build-in validation and error handling. These checks make sure that we don’t output invalid structured data in edge-cases, or when we encounter conflicting options. They also help us to integrate all of the different pieces of schema which a page outputs.

By overriding the defaults, you may alter your schema markup in ways which don’t make sense, or which are incomplete.

For example, Google expects a FAQPage to contain a series of questions, in a specific format. If you describe a normal page as a FAQPage without also including a series of questions-and-answers with the correct structured markup, this may result in errors or unexpected behaviours.