Yoast SEO settings: Site basics

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.

In this article, we’ll discuss the Site basics settings in Yoast SEO in your WordPress backend. You’ll see a video explanation, and we’ll explain all the settings on the page one by one.

Video: Yoast SEO settings: Site basics

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We’ve redesigned the Yoast SEO settings interface and are currently updating this video to reflect the changes. In the meantime, check out the guide to navigating our new settings interface. Thank you for your patience, and check back soon for the updated video! 🎉

Site basics settings

You can find the Site basics settings by going to your WordPress backend, clicking “Yoast SEO” and then “Settings” in the menu on the left-hand side. Here, click “Site basics”.

Screenshot of the Site basics settings in Yoast SEO.

The Site basics settings are divided into two sections: Site info and Site preferences. We’ll go over them one-by-one.

Do you want to know more about the other settings Yoast SEO offers? Check out the configuration guide for Yoast SEO.

Site info

Website name, alternate website name, and tagline

The website name, alternate website name, and tagline settings in Yoast SEO allow you to customize the title and tagline of your website. These fields will override the site title and tagline you have entered in the WordPress General settings.

  • Website name: The main title of your site, which could be the name of your business or blog, your own name, or your personal brand.
  • Alternate website name: an optional field that can be used to specify a different name for your site, for example, for acronyms or a shorter version of your site’s name.
  • Tagline: a short description of your site, such as a motto or a summary of what your site offers.

The appearance of your site title and tagline on your site will depend on your theme and site settings.

Screenshot of the Website name, Alternate website name, and Tagline settings in the Site basics settings of Yoast SEO.

Title separator

The title separator is what separates different parts of your SEO title in the search results. You can choose from options like dashes, pipes, or something else, but keep in mind that using a longer separator will take up more space in your title, leaving less room for the rest of your title. We usually recommend using a shorter separator like a dot.

You can indicate your preferred title separator in the settings, but Google ultimately decides how it will appear in the search results. Google has been replacing many title separators with regular hyphens recently, so if you want to be on the safe side, you might consider using a hyphen as your separator.

Screenshot of the title separator setting in the Site basics settings of Yoast SEO.

Site image

The image you set here will be used as a fallback for posts or pages that don’t have any images set. This can be helpful if you create a lot of pages and accidentally forget to add an image to one. Having a default on-brand image ensures that you’ll always have a consistent image representing your site.

Screenshot of the Site image setting in the Site basics settings in Yoast SEO.

Site preferences

The second section is called “Site preferences”. Let’s explore what you can do here.

Screenshot of the Site preferences section in the Site basics settings in Yoast SEO.

Restrict advanced settings for authors

This toggle allows you to enable or disable the option to restrict access to the schema and advanced settings in the Yoast SEO sidebar. The schema settings allow you to change how Yoast SEO describes your content using schema.org code, while the advanced settings determine how search engines crawl and index your content.

These are powerful settings, so limiting access to them is generally a good idea. By default, only editors and administrators can see the schema and advanced settings, but if you want to allow users with the role of author to have access to these settings, you can switch this feature off.

Usage tracking

This option allows you to share data with us to help improve the plugin. We want to assure you that we will never sell this data, and we won’t collect any personal data about you or your visitors. If you’re interested in learning more about the data we collect, you can check this page on usage tracking in Yoast SEO.

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