WordPress 5.5 is here! 5 things you need to know

It’s here! The official release of WordPress 5.5, a major update stuffed with new features and improvements. Not only does this release come with improvements to the block editor, it also allows you to edit inline images, gives you an improved content preview and much (much!) more. To give you an idea of what this means for you, we’ve listed the most important features and changes in this blog post. Enjoy!

Table of contents

1. Improvements to the block editor

With WordPress 5.0 we were introduced to a new block-based editing environment, which is called the block editor (also known as Gutenberg). Since the introduction of the block editor, every WordPress release has come with improvements to this editing environment and the release of 5.5 is no exception. Besides a few noticeable changes in the user interface, this release introduces us to block patterns and the new block directory.

Block patterns are quite handy when it comes to more routine elements of your pages or posts. These patterns, which you can find when you add a new block, are ready-made blocks with commonly used settings. Think of two buttons next to each other or a column layout on your page. Block patterns help you quickly set up the layout of a page. And although the number of patterns is limited right now, this number will probably keep growing in the coming years.

The Block Directory

Now the block directory needs some explaining, as it’s a pretty cool feature that can definitely enhance your writing experience. To put it simply, this directory contains WordPress plugins that can add new blocks to your editor. And, at the moment, you can already find lots of new blocks available.

An easy way to use this directory is by adding a new block. When you click ‘add block’, just use the search field above and type in a feature or type of block you want to use. If there is no current block that matches this search, the editor will show other results from the block directory that might match your search. Opens up a world of possibilities right?

2. Edit images inline

The improvements in image editing are something we’re quite excited about. Yes, WordPress has always given you lots of options to edit your images, but this release makes it possible to do so in the editor itself. Which means you won’t have to open the image in the media library, you can simply rotate, resize, crop (and so on) the image right where you are. And see the effects of it right away, in relation to the rest of your content. This saves you time and, in our opinion, enhances the user experience quite a bit.

However, I should note that this might not work for all your images (yet) as this feature is mainly focused on the standard image block. If you add in an image within another block, for example our FAQ block that also lets you add images, you’ll have to edit this image by opening it in the media library.

Lazy-loading images

Also worth mentioning is that images will be lazy-loaded by default from now on. Which essentially means that the images on your page will not all be loaded at the same time, but when they come into viewing range. This saves time in loading your page altogether and needless to say, this will make for some very happy site visitors. As they won’t have to wait that long to view your page.

3. Improved content previews

Writing a post or page in the block editor gives you a pretty good idea of what this page will look like. Nonetheless, the content preview is a great feature to safely preview your content before you publish (or update) it. And this release comes with additional device previews, which makes it possible to preview your content on desktop, tablet and mobile screen sizes. That way, you can make sure your content is more accessible and readable for everyone visiting your site. Which is definitely something you want to check, as mobile traffic has grown quite a lot over the years making your mobile site more important than ever.

4. Automated updates for plugins

Another feature of WordPress 5.5 is the possibility to enable auto-updates for your different plugins and themes. Please note, if this is something you want to use, you do have to enable it yourself. This can be done by going to your admin dashboard, clicking on “Plugins” in your menu, and clicking on “Enable auto-updates” next to every plugin you want to have automatically updated from now on:

enabling auto-updates in WordPress 5.5
Enable auto-updates in the column ‘Automatic Updates’

Want to enable the auto-updates for your theme? Simply click on “Appearance” in your side menu, choose “Themes” and click on “Enable auto-updates” link that you can find under your theme’s name.

When you’re in doubt about whether you should use this functionality, keep the following in mind. It’s good practice to test new versions of plugins in a safe environment like a staging website, before using them on your live site. But we realize that in the real world, many site managers don’t (or can’t) do this. In some of those cases, you might decide that you’re better off keeping your plugins up-to-date to avoid any security issues and avoid missing out on new features, versus the risk of an update introducing bugs or faults. But that’s something that each site manager will need to decide on a case-by-case basis, for each plugin. We always recommend testing when possible, and keeping an eye on changelogs to make sure that you understand what might be new or different in an update.

5. Default XML sitemaps

With this release, WordPress generates its own XML sitemaps. This is a file that gives search engines directions to all of the content on your site. This helps them discover and index your pages and posts, which is quite important for SEO. Now that XML sitemaps are a core feature of WordPress, more than 1 in 3 sites out there will have these enabled by default. That’s kind of awesome!

That being said, if you’re a user of Yoast SEO, your site already has an XML sitemap generated by our plugin. So, what happens then? Are two sitemaps better than one? Don’t worry, we’ve thought about this. While it’s great news that millions of sites will now improve their chances of ranking thanks to this core feature, we’re confident the XML sitemaps in Yoast SEO are richer, better, and more powerful. This means that, although WordPress enables their new XML sitemap by default, Yoast SEO 14.7 automatically disables this default sitemap. Our sitemap is simply more advanced and you won’t run the risk of confusing search engines by having two sitemaps. You can read more about this in our FAQ about XML sitemaps in WordPress 5.5 and Yoast SEO.

Welcome to WordPress 5.5!

In this post, I discussed a few highlights of WordPress 5.5. And although there’s way more to this release than the features mentioned, I hope it gave you some more insights into the improvements of the block editor, inline image editing, the improved content previews, automated updates for plugins, and the new XML sitemaps that WordPress offers. If you have any questions, or other features about this release you’re excited about, let me know in the comments!

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118 Responses to WordPress 5.5 is here! 5 things you need to know

  1. Mike Wright
    Mike Wright  • 1 month ago

    I now am unable to get any SEO working in WordPress 5.5 – including Yoast.

    Activation of any SEO plugin – generates a fatal error on pages.

    So no SEO.

    • Edwin Toonen
      Edwin Toonen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Mike! That’s unfortunate. Have you updated to the latest version? Yesterday, we did a patch release that should fix most of the errors happening in WordPress 5.5. Please update to Yoast SEO 14.8.1 if you haven’t yet. More info here: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/#developers

  2. DianaHost
    DianaHost  • 1 month ago

    When I refreshed the new form of WordPress I no longer observe Yoast by any means. At the point when I go to the supervisor, it doesn’t show as it once did directly before this update. How might I settle this? I have the free form so I can not contact support.

  3. Traveltheparks
    Traveltheparks  • 1 month ago

    This is a disastrous update. Please fix this problem. I deactivated plugins and it is not the problem. Please advise! The conflict is not with the plugins I am using.

  4. sk-
    sk-  • 1 month ago

    same issue here, after unpdating to WP 5.5 – I can’t see the Yoast editor block beneath the posts/pages/custom-posts main content editor. Have you figured out a solution yet??

  5. Andrew
    Andrew  • 1 month ago

    Same problem now with the yoast plugin as documented by readers below. I’m not able to access the yoast tools while writing/editing a post. Any news on a fix for the plugin? It’s been a great SEO tool and it’s a shame the wp 5.5 upgrade has caused this problem.

  6. Mariusz
    Mariusz  • 1 month ago

    Complete disaster after upgrading to WordPress 5.5. Yoast SEO is not available any more in post preview. I updated all the plugins and check in two different web browsers (latest Firefox and Chrome). The same situation on both. Yoast team – could you please fix it ASAP. Thanks in advance.

  7. Egbo Munachi Francis
    Egbo Munachi Francis  • 1 month ago

    I can’t find the Facebook and Twitter preview anymore.

  8. Sidhartha sankar pradhan
    Sidhartha sankar pradhan  • 1 month ago

    Oh god, what happened with my website. After updated WordPress and when I went under a post to see Yoast SEO analysis, I can see only the titles “SEO”, “readability” and “Social”. When I click on them nothing happens. Please help me.

    • Daniele
      Daniele  • 1 month ago

      I have the same problem :(

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi there! Sorry to hear about these issues. I would recommend contacting our support team to figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

  9. سئو
    سئو  • 1 month ago

    Does yoast also support AMP?

  10. rocky islam
    rocky islam  • 1 month ago

    Once I updated the new version of WordPress I no longer see Yoast at all..

  11. Sal
    Sal  • 1 month ago

    5.5 is trash

  12. rohit modak
    rohit modak  • 1 month ago

    wordpress 5.5 update is really good i have to say. But there are somethings that was bad. like early we were able to add resuable block just by clicking the button now they moved it all the way to top left corner.

  13. Joyce
    Joyce  • 1 month ago

    I cannot use my SEO tool from Yoast anymore with the new wordpress 5.5 update..

    I cannot fill in my searchterm of edit the meta description, because the fields to do so have simply disappeared.. What happened?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Joyce, sorry to hear that. Our support team can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

  14. Angel
    Angel  • 1 month ago

    Hi there,

    i´m a web designer, i have been using your pluggin for years in more than 50 websites and it was great until now, for some reasons all your pluggin options are gone, i cant edit anything within your plugin anymore, whats is this about, you only offer it now as premium??, thanks and regards

    Angel

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Angel, thanks for using our plugin! And don’t worry, we still offer the free version of our plugin. I think you’re experiencing an issue. You can find more information and help here: https://yoast.com/help/support/

  15. Kamal
    Kamal  • 1 month ago

    Once I updated the new version of WordPress I no longer see Yoast at all. When I go to the editor it doesn’t show as it once did right before this update. How can I resolve this? I have the free version so I can not contact support. From the comments, it seems this is an issue for others as well.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Kamal, sorry to hear that! I think it’s best to contact our support team, perhaps they can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/ Good luck!

      • Vicente Valencia
        Vicente Valencia  • 1 month ago

        Hi Iris,
        I have a similar issue.

  16. Zoe
    Zoe  • 1 month ago

    Another one with . Something seems to have gone awry with Yoast and WordPress 5.5, perhaps a conflict with another plugin but I wouldn’t know which one. Under the Yoast SEO analysis menu, where I used to be able to set my keyphrase and meta description, I now see three buttons – “SEO”, “Readability” and “Social” – but none of them go anywhere. Seems to be a good few of us with the same issue, hopefully Yoast are looking into this.

    • Sue Talbot
      Sue Talbot  • 1 month ago

      Hi Zoe, the same thing has happened with my yoast. Did you resolve it? If so, what did you do? Thanks

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Zoe, I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing some trouble. It could indeed be a conflict with another plugin. You could contact our support team, they can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Good luck!

  17. Ria Talken
    Ria Talken  • 1 month ago

    I wrote a post on the 8th and all was fine. Now I have just gone to create a new one and the Classic Editor is not working. For instance, there is no place to put my title and other elements are not working. What can I do.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Ria, I’m sorry to hear that! In your case, I think it’s best to contact our support team, perhaps they can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

  18. Alex
    Alex  • 1 month ago

    Hey guys the WP 5.5 update broke Yoast. I cannot edit anything with it and it shows a blank space and the tabs in a post/page.

    Any hotfix coming for this?

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Alex! That doesn’t sound good! In your case, I think it’s best to contact our support team, perhaps they can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Good luck!

  19. Shveta Moller
    Shveta Moller  • 1 month ago

    I can’t find where to add meta descriptions in the WordPress update. I’m in my post and typically, I would go to the Yoast option on the top right of my post but it isn’t there. Please help!

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      That doesn’t sound good, Shveta! Our support team can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Good luck!

  20. Carrie
    Carrie  • 1 month ago

    Since the update to WordPress 5.5 today I can no longer make any edits or see anything beyond the titles, SEO, Readability, Social. Nothing happens when I click on them. I see some others are having this issues as well.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Carrie, I’m sorry to hear that! Our support team can help you figure out what’s going on. Check out https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Good luck!

      • Stephanie Rosendorf Diaz
        Stephanie Rosendorf Diaz  • 1 month ago

        Hello,

        Earlier this morning, everything was fine, but around noon when I changed some text on my site’s landing page, it all of a sudden changed the SEO analysis to red and said

        “The text contains 0 words. This is far below the recommended minimum of 300 words. Add more content.

        “Keyphrase in title: Not all the words from your keyphrase appear in the SEO title.”

        What do you suggest? I deleted the text box and created it again just in case there was some momentary glitch, but I am still getting the same results.

        Thank you for your help.

        • Camille Cunningham
          Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

          Hi Stephanie, that doesn’t seem right. Could you contact our support team? They’ll be able to help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

  21. Sam
    Sam  • 1 month ago

    Hi, today I updated WordPress and when I went under a post to see Yoast SEO analysis, I can see only the titles “SEO”, “readability” and “Social”. When I click on them nothing happens.
    I hope you can help me (i find your plugin really usefull, you’re great!)

    • Julia
      Julia  • 1 month ago

      My WP automatically updated to 5.5 and when I went under a post to see Yoast SEO analysis, I can see only the titles “SEO”, “readability” and “Social”. When I click on them nothing happens. So I have no guidance tools with my plugin??

  22. Alison Tinlin
    Alison Tinlin  • 1 month ago

    I update to new version of WordPress and now I no longer see Yoast and tags don’t work either, and when I go to classic editor it doesn’t show as it once did right before this update, can’t enter a heading or anything.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 1 month ago

      Hi Alison, I’m sorry to hear of your issue. Could you please share your issue on our support forum: https://yoast.com/help/support/?
      There you’ll get the help you need, good luck!

  23. fokhrol islam
    fokhrol islam  • 1 month ago

    Since I updated WordPress to version 5.5, there is no way to edit post links. They didn’t allow a way to edit post links please help.

  24. Hesson
    Hesson  • 1 month ago

    Since I updated WordPress to version 5.5, there is no way to edit post links. They didn’t allow a way to edit post links please help.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Hesson, that doesn’t sound right. Sorry to hear about your issue. I think, in your case, it’s best to go to https://wordpress.org/support/forums/ to get the help you need!

      Good luck :)

  25. Passang Tsering Sherpa
    Passang Tsering Sherpa  • 1 month ago

    I already have lazy load and sitemaps installed and enabled on my site. Do I have to deactivate those plugins after updating to WP 5.5?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Passang, if you’re using the Yoast SEO sitemap, we disable the default WordPress sitemap for you. So you won’t have to do anything.

      If you’re using another plugin for your sitemap (or lazy load), it’s best to check this with its developer or check what others are saying on https://wordpress.org/support/forums/

      Hope this helps :)

  26. Monique Crouch
    Monique Crouch  • 1 month ago

    Once I updated to the new version of WordPress I no longer see Yoast at all. When I go to editor it doesn’t show as it once did right before this update. How can I resolve this? I have the free version so I can not contact support. From the comments it seems this is an issue for others as well.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Monique, sorry to hear about that! My colleague from support will contact you to help you resolve this issue :)

      • Claude
        Claude  • 1 month ago

        Have the same problem. What to do about it?

  27. Lindani Mabuza
    Lindani Mabuza  • 1 month ago

    I Received a notification that my site has been auto-updated to 5.5 early yesterday morning, and have tested some of the new features in block editing as well as a few pages and must say it really looks great and the site is performing optimally.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      That’s great to hear, Lindani! Have fun exploring all the new features :)

  28. carlos.cabrera
    carlos.cabrera  • 1 month ago

    We have updated to WP 5.5, however we are experiencing issues on the main menu with the English version of our site (the main language is Spanish)

    Issue: the main menu is mixing both languages and when we try to navigate, it does not point to the right page & language.
    Have you experienced any issues with WP 5.5?
    Do you have any recommendations?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Carlos, sorry to hear about your issue! I would recommend going to https://wordpress.org/support/forums/ to see whether anyone else is experiencing this issue or if anyone can help you resolve it!

      Good luck :)

  29. Jeannie Ralston
    Jeannie Ralston  • 1 month ago

    I’ve had all kinds of problems using the Classic Editor with the WordPress 5.5 update, and after working with my web adminstrator, we’ve deduced that the problem is a conflict with the Yoast plug in. We’re using Genesis. I’d like to use Classic Editor if possible or are you trying to get everyone over to Block? Is that why Classic is having issues?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Jeannie, sorry to hear that. This issue is definitely not intentional. I think the best course of action is for you to contact our support team: https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Hopefully, they’ll be able to help you figure this out!

  30. Jon Hopstra
    Jon Hopstra  • 1 month ago

    For me after 10 years it might be time to go back to HTML sites and leave WordPress for good.

    Hate to make this decision but they do not take us serious and have no idea how their design decisions have a negative effect on real business and SEO websites.

    I hope this will change but if not I will have to move to an other platform with pain in my heart.

    Hope you have a great day and thanks for this great blog!

  31. Don McKenzie
    Don McKenzie  • 1 month ago

    If I have my own Lazy Load Plugin, will this over-ride WP 5.5, much the same as sitemaps? There appears to be no manual control over these things.

    Thanks in advance,

    Cheers Don…

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Don! Thanks for your question :)

      If you’re using another plugin for lazy loading, it’s best to check this with its developer or see what others are saying on https://wordpress.org/support/forums/

      Good luck!

  32. Julie Strietelmeier
    Julie Strietelmeier  • 1 month ago

    I’m still not clear about the XML sitemap feature. If we ALREADY have a sitemap plugin installed and activated, do we need to do anything to disable the new automatic sitemap feature that has just been added to the new version of WordPress?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Julie! If you’re using the Yoast SEO sitemap, we disable the default WordPress sitemap for you. So you won’t have to do anything. I’m not sure if this is the case with every sitemap plugin, so this might be something you would have to check with its developer. Hope this helps :)

  33. Sheen Watkins
    Sheen Watkins  • 1 month ago

    Hi – sounds great overall. There is a very visible change that I’m trying to work through.
    When I’m in the editor the Yoast scoring box of the ‘faces’ indicating my readability and SEO have disappeared. When I click on the 3 dots and go into options, advanced, it still shows YOAST as active. Additionally, underneath the area where I post – I see SEO, Readability, Social – I click on those, nothing happens.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Sheen, sorry to hear that! My colleague from support will contact you to hopefully resolve this issue.

  34. Owen Jones
    Owen Jones  • 1 month ago

    I was using a plug-in to disable Gutenberg, but that has stopped working in 5.5.
    I hate blocks!
    Owen

  35. Cat
    Cat  • 1 month ago

    My desktop footer menu isn’t working after the update (only on mobile) and a lot of my animations and buttons don’t work anymore. Please help!!

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Cat, that doesn’t sound good! I would recommend having a look on https://wordpress.org/support/forums/ to see if anyone else is experiencing these issues and/or if anyone knows how to fix it :)

      Lots of luck!

  36. Anurag
    Anurag  • 1 month ago

    Hi, I am facing a serious problem. I submitted my XML sitemap to Bing and Google a month ago, my website got index in Bing but not in Google.
    What can I do? Can you please guide me? Thank you.

  37. Michael Newton
    Michael Newton  • 1 month ago

    I’ve Just updated my to the wordpress 5.5. it seems to work very well for me. My site’s speed miraculously increased after updating my wordpress installation

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      That’s great to hear, Michael! Lots of luck with your site :)

  38. Alexander Roessen
    Alexander Roessen  • 1 month ago

    Unfortunately since the update to WordPress 5.5 I can’t use Yoast SEO properly when I make a new post or want to change one that’s already been placed (can’t get to Keyphrase for one thing). I think it has something to do with the “fineglobe – classic newspaper” theme i’m using but have no clue were to fix this. The developer of the theme stopped developing at WordPress 5.0 and won’t respond but it worked fine up to 5.4 until I made the update to 5.5. yesterday (sorry if this is not Yoast related)

    • Holly Terry
      Holly Terry  • 1 month ago

      I’m in the same boat. Can’t get a new blog post to work properly and can’t access the Yoast SEO settings inside a post. Just updated to WP 5.5 today. Dang.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Alexander, sorry to hear that! In your case, I think it’s best to contact our support team, perhaps they can help you figure out what’s going on: https://yoast.com/help/support/

      Good luck!

      • alexanderroessen
        alexanderroessen  • 1 month ago

        Thank you!

        The issue is resolved. It turned out to be a conflict with plugin “CF Post Fomats”. After deactivating this plugin all is well now. Yoast SEO is working fine.

        Thanks again.

        • Camille Cunningham
          Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

          You’re welcome, Alexander!

  39. Peter Taams
    Peter Taams  • 1 month ago

    This new update sucks at the moment! Can’t edit my products anymore, boxes don’t show up like attributes. I have a pretty straight forward content, nothing special!

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Peter, sorry to hear that. Perhaps it’s an idea to go to https://wordpress.org/support/forums/ and see if anyone knows what’s going on and how to resolve it!

  40. Wicky
    Wicky  • 1 month ago

    It is good to know that XML sitemaps in Yoast SEO are richer, better, and more powerful. I would however like to know if there will be any problems with my site if both XML sitemaps are enabled. The new one at WordPress
    5.5, and the one at Yoast. Kindly advice!

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi there, Wicky! We recommend having only one sitemap enabled, as you run the risk of confusing search engines when you have two. It’s simply not necessary :)

  41. Roberto
    Roberto  • 1 month ago

    This new update looks interesting, hopefully one day they will remove Gutenberg.

    • Heike
      Heike  • 1 month ago

      Yes Gutenberg is crab why does WordPress keep pushing it?

  42. Lukastrust
    Lukastrust  • 1 month ago

    Hai! Thank you so much it was informative

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      You’re very welcome :)

  43. Benjamin
    Benjamin  • 1 month ago

    This means that we do not have to worry about the default sitemap of WordPress? I mean we use and prefer Yoast SEO and sitemap built in native plugin, Do we need to do or setting up something To avoid conflict? Between the 2 sitemaps? Thanks

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Benjamin, thanks for your question! You don’t have to do anything, as we turn off the default XML sitemap in WordPress automatically :) So, as far is this XML sitemap is concerned, you can sit back and relax!

  44. Andreas
    Andreas  • 1 month ago

    Very good information. Good to have you.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Thanks, Andreas!

      • Kevin Heath
        Kevin Heath  • 1 month ago

        What if I want to use the wordpress sitemap and turn off the toast one. Will this reenable the default on or do I need to delete toast to use the default sitemap

        • Camille Cunningham
          Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

          Hi there, Kevin! I’m afraid it’s not possible to use the default sitemap WordPress creates when you use Yoast SEO. The reason for this is that right now our sitemap is more advanced and powerful than the default one WordPress creates. You can find more info here: https://yoast.com/help/faq-xml-sitemaps-wordpress-yoast-seo/

  45. Obaidur Rahman Faiz
    Obaidur Rahman Faiz  • 1 month ago

    I can’t edit pages and posts after updating to WordPress 5.5.

    What to do?

    Thanks.

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Obaidur, that does not sound good! I would recommend going to https://wordpress.org/support/forums/ to see if anyone else is experiencing the same issues and/or knows how to fix them.

      Good luck!

  46. Tania
    Tania  • 1 month ago

    Does wordpress automatically update with your website to the new version or do you have to do that yourself?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi Tania, you can update to the latest version of WordPress through your dashboard! Let us know if you need any more help :)

  47. ron95
    ron95  • 1 month ago

    Do I have to submit to Google a new sitemap each time I add a page or is it automatic?

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Hi there, Ron! This is done automatically, so you will only have to do this once :)

  48. dave
    dave  • 1 month ago

    Why can’t they get rid of block editor? Doesn’t work with themes.
    update looks like more problems.
    Always scary when there is an update
    auto updating plugins is the only advantage.

  49. Leslie Nolen
    Leslie Nolen  • 1 month ago

    In what specific, concrete ways is the Yoast sitemap “more advanced” than the new WP native XML sitemap, and in what specific, concrete ways does this affect Google indexing?

    • Rob
      Rob  • 1 month ago

      You have no control over the core sitemaps from the admin.
      They will contain all public posts and taxonomies whether they should be indexed or not.
      With yoast you can configure what should be in the sitemap from the settings and when you noindex at the post level that also removes the post from the sitemap.

    • Laurent
      Laurent  • 1 month ago

      I do have the same question : what are the differences between wp’s sitemap and Yoast’s one ? How and why should yours be more effective ?
      Google allows to “post” more than one sitemap, why would there be conflict between Yoast’s and wp’s sitemap ? As sites structure remain the same it should not be an issue ? How does Yoast ‘s sitemap “work”, what is it doing better ?
      Thanks

      • Camille Cunningham
        Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

        Hi Leslie and Laurent! For the time being, we advise using our XML sitemaps. Why? Simply because the current XML sitemaps WordPress puts out is still very basic, where we’ve been working on ours for many years (and therefore it’s fully featured). We give options to determine what goes into your sitemap, plus we add properties such as the last modified date to help crawlers distinguish between new and old content. We also break up the sitemap into smaller ones to keep everything fast and include images in our sitemaps for crawlers to discover right away. These are just a few of the features we can offer because we’ve been working on our sitemaps for quite a while. But of course, you’re free to choose which sitemap you want to use!

        On the topic of running two sitemaps, the reason we don’t encourage this is that it’s simply not necessary. And you run the risk of confusing search engines when you have two different sitemaps.

        You can find more info on our sitemap and the one WordPress sitemap here: https://yoast.com/help/faq-xml-sitemaps-wordpress-yoast-seo/

      • Manisha Meena
        Manisha Meena  • 1 month ago

        I don’t know what you guys think, It’s Yoast, just because WordPress starting to ship brand new sitemaps doesn’t mean you should use that instead, give respect to these guys. And still, if you want to use default Wp sitemap, disable Yoast sitemap. but don’t argue here without any points.

    • manish
      manish  • 1 month ago

      my seo plugin stop working with this

      • Camille Cunningham
        Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

        Hi Manish, sorry to hear about your issue! Do you mean that the Yoast SEO plugin has stopped working when you updated to WordPress 5.5? Could you tell me more about what you’re seeing? So I can help you fix it :)

  50. SwatiM
    SwatiM  • 1 month ago

    Great blog

    • Camille Cunningham
      Camille Cunningham  • 1 month ago

      Thanks!!