WordPress SEO Community & Roadmap

Github logoOur WordPress SEO plugin has been getting more and more downloads, bringing it to the top of the most downloaded plugin chart on WordPress.org fairly regularly. With that comes more interest from other developers as well, which is something we absolutely love, but is kind of impossible to manage properly on WordPress.org. Which is why we’ve now decided to fully move to Github.

New developer

Recently there were some unfortunate events in the US which caused BlueGlass, a company lots of my friends worked at, to go bust. As with all negatives, there was a good thing that came out of this, as I was able to hire Linh Pham, one of their incredible developers. He’s now come on board full time as a remote worker to fix bugs and develop new functionality across all our free and premium plugins. You’ll probably see him on github if you decide to become active there.


I have many, many ideas for WordPress SEO. I’m slowly speccing these ideas as Issues in github, where you will currently find an 1.6 milestone and a 2.0 milestone. WordPress SEO 1.6 will contain a lot of bugfixes and some smaller enhancements, combined with one bigger new feature: a wpseo_sitemap shortcode that generates an HTML sitemap.

The 2.0 branch already contains a first stab at Google Webmaster Tools integration, allowing for:

  • Easy website verification.
  • Verified submission of the XML index sitemap.
  • Retrieval of crawl errors.

I’m very excited about the potential of that new feature.


This is probably a good time to remind you that if you want to become active in the internationalization of the WordPress SEO plugin, we have a fully functioning GlotPress install on translate.yoast.com. You can register here if you want to help translate. The internationalization for all our plugins, both free and premium is managed by the awesome Remkus de Vries. We currently have 382 registered translators, of which more than half have actually been active in translating, but we can always use more active translators.

As a thank you, for our premium plugins you can get a free single license of a plugin if you translate the plugin into a new language.

Patches welcome!

I have taken the freedom to look at how the Easy Digital Downloads github community is set up and basically copied, pasted and modified some of what they did, resulting in most notably our new contribution guide. But what I really want to say is, we really welcome your pull requests!

I’m very excited about this change and hope it means more people will dive in and help us improve what’s already the most advanced WordPress SEO plugin available today!

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41 Responses

  1. n3thoBy n3tho on 14 May, 2013

    Thank Yoast, his work has saved a lot of my =)

  2. hasssanBy hasssan on 14 May, 2013

    I want contribute to translation but cannot register there

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 May, 2013

      Sorry, plugin update went wrong, should be good now!

  3. MarcBy Marc on 14 May, 2013

    I love the plugin and the way it has been evolving last years. Keep up the great work.

  4. helen chanBy helen chan on 14 May, 2013

    Is Linh Pham a vietnamese because it sounds just like my friend name ?? Anyway thanks Yoast for your continue improvement on the plugin.

    • AlanBy Alan on 27 May, 2013

      Yes Linh Pham is a common name given for vietnamese girls.

  5. BoneyBy Boney on 14 May, 2013

    Hope things work out well how you have planned in the roadmap. As far as Yoast is concerned, I use it for my website and I am extremely happy using it. It definitely is One of the best SEO pluginis out there

  6. JonasBy Jonas on 14 May, 2013

    BlueGass is over? I can still see their website at http://www.blueglass.com/ – they seem alive and well.

  7. Debashisa JenaBy Debashisa Jena on 14 May, 2013

    Your SEO plugin is the best plugin ever. Also can you integrate yandex integration as well?

  8. HassanBy Hassan on 14 May, 2013

    Moving to Github has to be one of the best things that happened to this plugin.

    Joost, I’m registered on your GlotPress and was having some issues with Arabic translation for WordPress SEO. I have finished it, but some strings are missing among other issues. I have sent you an email with details but did not get a reply… yet.

    What’s up?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 May, 2013

      Hi Hassan,

      just found it! Will be going over that tomorrow probably…

  9. GabeBy Gabe on 14 May, 2013

    Will Local SEO be added as well? A major issue I’ve had to work around is no access to single location (not an issue when multiple locations enabled) business information for administrators when multisite mode is active and only network admins can change SEO settings. I made a fix that moves the business info sections (address, hours, contect, etc.) to the WP Settings menu when multisite is active and I’d like to contribute it to the project.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 14 May, 2013

      It’s actually on github already, but as a closed project… Feel free to email me the patch and I’ll have a look at it, joost at this domain.

  10. ChrisBy Chris on 15 May, 2013

    Any update on your plans to develop a template for Genesis? Would love an ETA on availability.

  11. Roye OkupeBy Roye Okupe on 15 May, 2013

    Great work Joost, I am so grateful for all your plugins and hard work!

  12. GeorgeBy George on 16 May, 2013

    On the WP dashboard there’s a checkbox Set as featured post.
    What effect does it have?
    Not found anything via google search and codex is silent too.
    When did it come in?
    I guess it will be upto theme developers to use it


  13. Menachem RosenbaumBy Menachem Rosenbaum on 16 May, 2013

    I guess I’ll be opening a user at github to add my
    App Installs for Twitter Card

  14. Willi OlsenBy Willi Olsen on 16 May, 2013

    Hi Yoast,

    You plugin is great. I use it on 3 of my sites and just two days ago I published a article wth a green yoast light. Next day on google page 1 search results. Great work! Love you plugin!


  15. Md Alauddin Al-MahdiBy Md Alauddin Al-Mahdi on 17 May, 2013

    Wish issues workout nicely how we have prepared in the roadmap. As far as Yoast is worried, I personally use it intended for my own internet site along with We are extremely happy with it. It will be is probably the ideal SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION pluginis on the market.

  16. AaronBy Aaron on 18 May, 2013

    Super grateful for all the work you put into your plugins. Keep up the good work!

  17. Isaac SarayiahBy Isaac Sarayiah on 18 May, 2013

    Have you thought about doing a Movable Type (MT) version? My relationships blog http://www.theSarayiahpost.com is in MT 5 and the lack of resources available for MT is a shame, but it is a very powerful blogging platform and in my opinion gives more professional results than wordpress, which is why I chose it.

  18. etskamleshBy etskamlesh on 18 May, 2013

    It is very good page posting in the site because in this built to the more information .So i like in this page.So thanks for the good page……………..

  19. George AndersonBy George Anderson on 19 May, 2013

    This is one of my top plugins and gets installed in all of my wordpress sites. When are you going to release a Joomla version :-)


  20. AnnBy Ann on 20 May, 2013

    I am specialized for SEO, and have ability to write finance related articles. Specialized for Social bookmarking and all web 2.0 promotions, also i am blogger owned 112 blogs. Have many many experiances related to seo come and enjoy my offers on fiverr fiverr

  21. Tony NguyenBy Tony Nguyen on 20 May, 2013

    I really like WordPress because of its user – friendly interface. It is working very effectively, and I hope that with its added applications, it is much more helpful.

    By the way, millions of vote for internationalization idea.

  22. TonyBy Tony on 20 May, 2013

    Hi Yoast,
    Thank you for your continuing efforts to improve the WordPress SEO.
    Millions of vote for internationalization idea. It is extremely useful.

  23. Mark LewisBy Mark Lewis on 20 May, 2013

    Thanks for keeping us in the loop, Joost.. You’ve saved us a lot of time and energy with your hard work, so it’s always a pleasure to hear these updates from you :)

  24. John LymanBy John Lyman on 21 May, 2013

    Hopefully someone can help me out. In the focused key words section is it advised to input just one word like “Diplomacy” if the title of an article is “A Revolution in Digital Diplomacy” or two key words like “Digital Diplomacy”? I’m trying to get the indicator light to turn Green and if the light turns yellow my worry is that the article won’t be found in Google.

  25. CharlieBy Charlie on 24 May, 2013

    Off Subject: What commenting plugin are you using?

    • HakanErBy HakanEr on 24 May, 2013

      Looks like, it’s default.

      • CharlieBy Charlie on 24 May, 2013

        Yeah that was my original thought. But thought I would ask. Thanks for the feedback!

  26. Esther PaulBy Esther Paul on 26 May, 2013

    I should say this is one of the BEST SEO Plugin Ever. It is very user friendly even someone who don’t know anything about SEO like me can use this Plugin with ease.

    I learnt a lot of thing about SEO from this Plugin.

    Thanks Again,

  27. oloyede jamiuBy oloyede jamiu on 28 May, 2013

    Hi joast, its nice reading about the new developments happening on the best seo plugin i have ever used.

    One blog i started about 2 months ago now rank on the second page for the keywords am targeting without even submitting the site to search engines especially google.

    Right from the third week, the site has been ranking very well being on the second page.

    I love your wordpress seo plugin.

  28. Ralph BurnsBy Ralph Burns on 31 May, 2013

    I love the Yoast plugins, I really do but allt he examples for the video plugin don’t seem to be ranking any more (i.e. the Winnipeg Real Estate guy as an example).

    Id love to get it, but I’d like to see some proof it does appear in the thumbnail/snippet. Can anyone help? Thanks

  29. Bernadette ColemanBy Bernadette Coleman on 3 June, 2013

    Thanks for the plugins – They make our job a bit easier. Keep them coming.

  30. isaacBy isaac on 6 June, 2013

    There is NO DOUBT that your SEO plugin is the best out there and i know it’s going to be better.
    i think you should add QUICK EDIT option. it is going to be a great addition especially to us SEO’s out there when we write titles & descriptions on dozens of pages sometimes

  31. FlorencioBy Florencio on 7 June, 2013

    Good day Yoast,

    Just wonder what are the plugins listed below conflict to wordpress seo

    Akismet – version 2.5.7
    Allow PHP in Posts Pages – version 3.0.4
    AuthorSure – Version 1.7
    BackUpWordPress – Version 2.2.4
    Clicky for WordPress – Version
    Contact Form 7 – Version 3.3.3
    Executable PHP widget – Version 2.1
    FeedBurner FeedSmith – Version 2.3.1
    Google Analytics for WordPress
    Google XML Sitemaps
    Plugin Central
    Robots Meta
    Simple Facebook Connect
    Simple Sitemap
    Simply Exclude
    Text Expander
    Torbit Insight
    Ultimate TinyMCE
    Video Thumbnails
    WordPress Importer
    WP Google Fonts

    Badly Need your asap response. Your help will be appreciated much…

  32. MarkBy Mark on 7 June, 2013

    Does you local SEO plugin help with Data Highlighter?

  33. roshan jacobBy roshan jacob on 12 June, 2013

    Thanks Yost,
    very nice blog keep sharing such informative blog.

  34. NuriaBy Nuria on 14 June, 2013

    Hi Joost
    I love your plugins and I recommend them above any others. I also read your blog with interest because I know I will always learn something new. Thanks for your good job I put myself down as a possible translator into Spanish in case you need it.