WordPress SEO Update

WordPress SEO has a new version: 0.1.4. It took me quite some time, but there were a few bugs that really needed fixing in the plugin before I could continue adding features, options and more. These are fixed now, please grab the latest update from WordPress.org.

The most important bug that was fixed is the memory usage in the admin area, it was annoying to me and a lot of other people. There’s still tons of bugs left in the plugin, but they are all minor ones compared to this one, so I thought I’d get the release out.

What changed?

  • Your XML sitemap will now once again reside at example.com/sitemap.xml, except, it won’t, really. It will be placed in a subdirectory of your uploads dir, and using WP Rewrite the URL will resolve to the right sitemap. So now it works with Multi Site installs, all of them: domain mapped Multi Site installs, subdirectory and subdomain ones. You’ll have to remove all the XML sitemaps in your root directory for this to work, and no, it doesn’t give you a notice about that (yet).
  • Furthermore I fixed all the notices I could find that the plugin threw, if you find them now, please report them, I’ll try to fix them.
  • There’s also some fixes with canonical links and redirects that were quite annoying if they affected you and the breadcrumbs should now work better than they did for some people as well.
  • Also, on a default install without titles being set in the backend, the plugin will now not return errors or empty titles but just the default titles.

These were the most high priority issues because they threw severe errors at times, that no longer happens.

It’s not showing an update on my plugins screen

I know, I did something nasty in version 0.1.1 that prevented the update from happening (a lot like the fix for plugins not hosted on WordPress.org), I’m truly sorry, but you’ll have to do this update by hand. You can also just remove it through backend and then reinstall, that should work fine!

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157 Responses

  1. chrisBy chris on 22 November, 2010

    is the video sitemap addon available yet for purchase?

  2. SimonBy Simon on 22 November, 2010

    Just deactivate, update, and activate. Works fine to, so you don’t have to remove the old version. Oh, and thanks for the great update! I really like your plugin! :)

    • Marty MartinBy Marty Martin on 23 November, 2010

      Yep, this worked perfect for me.

  3. donnachaBy donnacha on 22 November, 2010

    Very excited about multisite sitemaps, thanks for all your hard work on that.

    If I may make a feature request, it would be great to see a future version of WordPress SEO tackle the challenge of multi-language content. I have been using the QTranslate plugin to help me publish posts in multiple languages but it is not currently possible to SEO optimise for each. It would be great if your plugin could recognise when QTranslate has divided a post into different versions and treat each one as a separate post for SEO purposes.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 22 November, 2010

      WPML 2.0 has full support for my plugin, so I suggest using that :-)

      • donnachaBy donnacha on 22 November, 2010

        Thanks for the tip, I will check it out.

        For what it’s worth, I originally opted for Qtranslate because my research suggested that a lot of folks are now switching to it from WPML. I got the impression that WPML is sort of like the AIOSEO of translation plugins – dominant due to being entrenched as king for so long, but not as good as it should be and losing ground to more energetic competitors.

        Having said that, your plugin working well with it would outweigh a lot of disadvantages, so, I will certainly give WPML a go. Thanks!

        • IvarBy Ivar on 23 November, 2010

          WPML is in no way comparable to Qtranslate. I prefer the latter for a simple reason: you can translate parts of your site whenever you want and it will offer the base language to the reader of a different language until you provide a translation. More simplistic: with WPML you need to provide full translation in order to be able to show it, Qtranslate will simply fallback to the default language if some translation is missing.

          Also, WPML cannot (easily) handle the new wordpress 3 menu system, Qtranslate can. And you can easily provide your own custom translation in plugins, Yoast breadcrumbs(!) etc. Qtranslate does not provide the advanced workflow or colaboration features of WPML, but is magnitudes easier to use.

          All in all, I advise anyone to use Qtranslate over WPML ;)

          Regards,

          Ivar

          • donnachaBy donnacha on 23 November, 2010

            @Ivar

            Actually, WPML 2.0 does allow you to fall back to the default language, there’s a setting for that.

            While WPML is not as well-designed for things like WP 3.0 menus etc, it does have a lot of impressive features such as translator role management.

            I would say that WPML could be a good option for anyone who is absolutely sure that they will never need to use the Multisite feature but, yeah, for most people, right now, qTranslate is far better.

      • donnachaBy donnacha on 23 November, 2010

        *** Update ***

        This is just a quick update for folks who are interested in using multiple languages. Joost links to the WPML 2.0 beta above but, with wonderful timing, the full version has now been released :)

        I have spent the past 4 hours thoroughly investigating WPML 2.0 and the integration with the WordPress SEO plugin is, indeed, wonderful. There is, however, one absolute show-stopper: WPML is not compatible with WordPress’ Multisite feature.

        In any other circumstances, WPML’s support of the WordPress SEO plugin would be enough to get me to switch but, of course, for those of us who manage a lot of sites, Multisite is just way too important to lose.

        I would imagine that the WPML developer will get around to supporting Multisite at some stage because, obviously, the type of users who depend upon it are also more likely to be willing to pay for support. There has, however, been no response to the people asking for it on the forum over the past few months and I get the impression that the developer is really busy with other things.

        For now, qTranslate works flawlessly in a Multisite environment and makes it surprisingly easy to customize sites. I will, however, keep an eye on WPML because it has some features that could be very useful in the future.

        • donnachaBy donnacha on 23 November, 2010

          *** Another Update :) ***

          With impressive speed, the main WPML guy, Amir, got in touch to say that he now has one of his guys working on it and WPML should be fully Multisite compatible by the next release.

          • IvarBy Ivar on 23 November, 2010

            While it may be true that it can fall back to the default language, it does not seem to do so for ‘all’ items, but possibly just post contents (I didn’t verfiy, I may be wrong). Qtranslate will do this for any item, either custom plugin output (!), menu items, posts, pages, whatever. It is just more flexible.
            But as you rightfully point out, it does *not* offer the advanced workflow management that WPML does. Obviously that has it’s advantages!

            For my site, Qtranslate simply offers the better of options, but this may certainly not be true for everyone!

            Regards,

            Ivar

  4. Chuck ReynoldsBy Chuck Reynolds on 23 November, 2010

    Another issue I’m noticing… Using the “quick edit” feature on a page, the title won’t update and when I hit save the page disappears from the list until I reload the pages.php admin page. The update doesn’t save.
    If I edit it while on the main edit page it updates, but when I do quick edit again the title isn’t there.

    Bug?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      It doesn’t work indeed, unfortunately, WP lacks the hooks for me to make it work, so I’ll have to rip it out for now.

      • Chuck ReynoldsBy Chuck Reynolds on 23 November, 2010

        man that sucks… I REALLY enjoy that feature. Is there a bug ticket on track for this or is that just a feature they haven’t enabled anybody to utilize? Because editing a bunch of posts for clients would be SO much faster if we could use the quick edit for title & desc.

        Thanks Joost.

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

          Believe me, I want that feature too…

  5. Chuck ReynoldsBy Chuck Reynolds on 23 November, 2010

    I’m still getting duplicate noydir,noodp in that meta tag.

    Example:
    When the indexation robot meta settings in the admin are checked it shows up twice in the meta tag as shown above. When I uncheck those two boxes they only show up once as they should as if the boxes were checked, but since they’re not they shouldn’t be showing at all.

    I’m using a child theme with Vigilance as the template parent. There’s nothing in the theme settings or functions causing it… Can’t figure out why it’s displaying twice. Domain I’m seeing the issue on is upchuck.us

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      Let me guess, you’ve set them on the individual pages as well? :) Still a bug, will fix.

  6. JoseBy Jose on 23 November, 2010

    Hi Joost,

    This is a bit bizarre, but I don’t seem to have a meta description tag in the page source on the few sites that I’m trying the plugin on, and the title is definitely being fetched from WP/settings/general and not from the fields I filled in on the page itself.

    * It looks like the plugin is not working with my theme, but the plugin ‘signature’ does appear on the source code () which is what has me confused.

    Any pointers as to how I may test this are appreciated
    :)

    Jose

    • JoseBy Jose on 23 November, 2010

      I just tried the All in One plugin on the same theme, and the meta description appears just fine.

      Hmm… I’ll see if I can figure this out (I want to use your plugin – it’s just damn good :)

      Cheers
      Jose

      • JoseBy Jose on 23 November, 2010

        Woo! Success!

        I didn’t see the bit of text in the plugin that explains that header.php must have a reference to title(‘ ‘)

        I’ve managed to replace the theme’s inbuilt meta bits and now the right stuff shows up on the page source.

        One question if I may:

        do I need this line of code – it was in the theme, under the meta title bit which I just replaced, so I’m wondering if this is surplus code? (It didn’t seem to make any difference in my test blog when I removed it)

        <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="; charset=" />

        Thanks!
        Happy Jose
        :)

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      It could very well be that the plugin doesn’t generate a meta description for you. It doesn’t auto generate a meta description like AIOSEO does (because that’s crap) so you’ll either have to write one yourself OR set a template for the metadesc in the SEO -> Titles settings, have you done that?

      • JoseBy Jose on 23 November, 2010

        Hi Joost :)

        That’s exactly what I did: I had the title and desc all wrote out on the page that I have set as my home page, but it wasn’t showing up in the source.

        So I copied title & desc and added it to the Titles section you just described, then removed a bit of code in the theme header.php and added a reference to wp title(‘ ‘) as the plugin says, and it all works perfectly now.

        Many thanks!
        Jose

  7. KreuzfahrtBy Kreuzfahrt on 23 November, 2010

    Nice blog and thanks for updated information. I am agree with the Chuck Reynolds there is a problem with the “Quick Edit”

  8. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 23 November, 2010

    hm, I see the trailing slash for categories and pages in the xml sitemap is still missing :-/

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      It should work for pages? I’ve just fixed it in trunk for categories, tags and other terms.

  9. Robert JakobsonBy Robert Jakobson on 23 November, 2010

    Did Robbin Thorat just above “comment-spam” Yoast.com?

    In any case could You add a comment for those who are new to WordPress that overwriting the plugin files will not change their particular setup?

    • JoseBy Jose on 23 November, 2010

      Robbin Thorat: SPAM

      I was thinking this too. Get him out of here!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      Fixed (the spam) :-)

  10. DanielBy Daniel on 23 November, 2010

    Great plugin!!!
    I am having some issues generating my sitemap.xml. It acts as if it creates the file, but it actually did not make it. I think I have set the permissions correctly, but still no file.

    Any ideas? – Daniel

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      It did make it, check it out, the rewrite needed to make it show at /sitemap.xml is just not working yet, I’ve found the bug and am now fixing it.

      • DanielBy Daniel on 23 November, 2010

        But does that mean that the search engines can still find it correct?

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

          Not right now, fix coming in a couple of hours in 0.1.5 :)

          • DanielBy Daniel on 24 November, 2010

            Still didn’t take care of the problem for me.

  11. TraceBy Trace on 23 November, 2010

    Since updating on our multi-site install, sites on the install that do not have the plugin turned on (they are still using All In One SEO) are having their RSS feeds broken, they display the following error via Google reader: Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, class ‘WPSEO_Frontend’ does not have a method ‘embed_rssfooter’ in /home/producti/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 166

    Again, all sites on the install are exhibiting this issue even though only 1 test site has WP SEO turned on, all other sites are using AIO SEO while we wait for this plugin to mature…. (these are client sites) … hope this help.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

      I’ve found and fixed the issue, update coming in a bit.

      • TraceBy Trace on 23 November, 2010

        Thanks for the fast response, looking forward to the continued growth of this plugin so we can be done with AIO once and for all. :)

  12. AntonioBy Antonio on 23 November, 2010

    Hello Joost,

    After updating to the new version, the RSS content of the posts is empty, only the title is shown. You can also check it in your rss feed….
    http://feeds.feedburner.com/joostdevalk

    Thanks and regards,
    Antonio

  13. Gyutae ParkBy Gyutae Park on 23 November, 2010

    Getting the same issue as above… for some sites, the content in the RSS feed is empty, only displaying the title link and date. For some other sites, I’m getting: Warning: call_user_func_array() [function.call-user-func-array]: First argument is expected to be a valid callback, ‘WPSEO_Frontend::embed_rssfooter’ was given in /home/asdf/public_html/wp-includes/plugin.php on line 166

    Another bug I’m experiencing is with category page titles. I’m using %%category%% – %%sitename%% for the title tag template on category pages, but instead of outputting just the current category, it’s displaying a whole bunch, probably based on a categories of a certain post?

  14. JoseBy Jose on 24 November, 2010

    Hey Joost,

    Thank you for the new update today – you’ve been busy here fighting us all!

    Much appreciated
    Jose

  15. BradleyBy Bradley on 24 November, 2010

    Will it allow for posts to be auto titled if the SEO info isn’t generated each time? I have authors writing for me and I know sometimes they forget to do stuff in posts and might forget to generate the SEO Info. Can it be set so the meta info (e.g. title, description) is auto generated based on the criteria set in case it is not manually generated otherwise?

  16. Bill BennettBy Bill Bennett on 24 November, 2010

    Sorry to be a prophet of doom, but the updated plug-in brought my site down.

    I got this error message on the plug-in page: “The plugin generated 202 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin.”

    And these messages on each of the site pages:

    Warning: mkdir() [function.mkdir]: Permission denied in /home/billbenn/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/wp-seo.php on line 22

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/billbenn/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/wp-seo.php:22) in /home/billbenn/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wp-super-cache/wp-cache-phase2.php on line 79

    I hope this is useful information.

  17. MikeBy Mike on 24 November, 2010

    Hello Joost ,

    Thansk for the great plugin..im adding it to all my wordpress sites.. keep up the great work! Mike

  18. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 24 November, 2010

    Joost, I updated to 0.1.5 and successfully re-built the sitemap. This time it also showed up with the old url. Fixed! I thought. Then (don´t know if this could have something to do with it) after updating my permalink structure (just saved it again) I re-built it one more time. Since then, the old sitemap url again shows me a 404.
    And if this weren´t enough, the trailing slashes are still not being added to the xml sitemap. At least not on my side. You can see it by clicking the link you posted above.

    Joost, feel free to use the admin access I gave you. It´s still active.

  19. Mike Henry Sr.By Mike Henry Sr. on 24 November, 2010

    Is anyone else experiencing a problem with the Facebook Share button on a blog? On my site, with the WP SEO plugin installed, Facebook uses an excerpt from a slider on the home page for the excerpt for each blog post. LinkedIn and Twitter don’t seem to have this problem. I upgraded to the newest version of the plugin just a little while ago and I cleared all of my caches but no luck. Is that a bug with this plugin or could it be something else?

    • TraceBy Trace on 24 November, 2010

      Does the issue disappear when you turn WP SEO off?

      • Mike Henry Sr.By Mike Henry Sr. on 25 November, 2010

        Well, I thought it did, but it’s not now. So maybe I was wrong. I’ll keep working on it trying to figure out what’s causing the problem.

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 November, 2010

          Please do, don’t think it has anything to do with my plugin to be honest, but let’s make sure.

          • Mike Henry Sr.By Mike Henry Sr. on 25 November, 2010

            OK, I never got Facebook to use the first paragraph of the post. But when I add a meta description to the post page, it uses that. Apparently Facebook uses the first if it doesn’t find a meta description. (see <a href="http://fbmhell.com/2010/10/breaking-facebook-share-cache/&quot; this link.)

            Since my header has a slider, even if it’s hidden on the post pages, I need to use the meta description. I’ll be updating a lot of posts this weekend.

            Now is there any way to get the meta description to default to the post excerpt if it’s blank or with some setting? Does one exist already?

            Thanks for the great plugin!

  20. DanielBy Daniel on 24 November, 2010

    Yoast, Just updated to the 0.1.5 because of it not making the sitemap, but it is still not showing or at least at the root level where it is pointing to.
    What can I do?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 25 November, 2010

      Just found the root issue that causes all these problems, 0.1.6 coming tomorrow.

  21. GregBy Greg on 25 November, 2010

    Thanks for the update on the change to your plugin. All I have to say is that I love this plugin. I have seen such a difference after using this compared to the all in one SEO plugin I was using before.

  22. Ben HusonBy Ben Huson on 25 November, 2010

    Just trying your plugin out properly for the first time – very comprehensive it replaces 3-4 plugins I usually use. Good work Joost.

    Just noticed that if you are logged in as an Editor in the admin the SEO Menu button appears on the left but with no options underneath it and if you click it it says you don’t have permission to view the page.

    I’m guessing that top level menu button should hide too if you’re not an administrator?

    - Ben

  23. StephanBy Stephan on 25 November, 2010

    Awesome plugin, it instantly replaced a couple of other plugins I was using. What I do miss a lot though is the option from Headspace to add a custom ‘read more’ text. Will you be incorporating that anytime soon?

  24. palPalaniBy palPalani on 25 November, 2010

    I just updated 0.1.5 version, when i browse custom taxonomy, i’m getting the following error message:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function single_term_title() in /home/***/whoismyboss.net/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/frontend/class-frontend.php on line 131

    • Albeiro OchoaBy Albeiro Ochoa on 26 November, 2010

      the same problem :( version 1.6 help please Yoast

    • palPalaniBy palPalani on 26 November, 2010

      I just try update the latest version, but it is not updated, instead, i received message: “Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance. Check back in a minute.”

      This is not happened before, even when i update wp core updates!

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 November, 2010

        It is a message from wordpress.org though, not from my plugin :)

    • palPalaniBy palPalani on 26 November, 2010

      I updated with latest version 0.1.6, now, i’m getting this error message:

      Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_queried_object() in /home/***/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/frontend/class-frontend.php on line 133

      I am using latest Genesis framework theme, home.php as front page.

      • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 November, 2010

        Thanks, found and fixed, 0.1.7 is coming later today with the fix in it.

        • palPalaniBy palPalani on 26 November, 2010

          That’s great! I will wait for 0.1.7. Thanks Joost!

          • palPalaniBy palPalani on 26 November, 2010

            Cool! I updated to new version 0.1.7! it works fine! thanks for your great effort!

  25. Albeiro OchoaBy Albeiro Ochoa on 26 November, 2010

    Fatal error in custom taxonomy :(

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 November, 2010

      Are you very sure you’re on 0.1.6? If you are, could you give me the exact error you’re getting?

      • Albeiro OchoaBy Albeiro Ochoa on 27 November, 2010

        Version 0.1.7.1! it works fine! Gracias Yoast ;)

  26. alfanBy alfan on 26 November, 2010

    I can’t update….

  27. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 26 November, 2010

    just updated to 0.1.6. Here everything looks fine now. And finally I see the trailing slashes for pages and categories in the xml sitemap. Very cool.

  28. Peter MolnarBy Peter Molnar on 26 November, 2010

    Hi!

    After upgrading to WordPress Seo 0.1.7 , I recieved fatal errors, because the lack of is_network_admin function, in file /wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/admin/yst_plugin_tools.php

    Lines:
    305
    356
    366

    Anyone else?

    Peter

    • kamilBy kamil on 26 November, 2010

      wordpress-seo/admin/yst_plugin_tools.php on line 356

  29. catnhatBy catnhat on 26 November, 2010

    Yes, I received the same just now after upgrading the plugin to 0.1.7.

    Running it in WPMU 3.01

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 26 November, 2010

      Fixed in 0.1.7.1!

      • catnhatBy catnhat on 26 November, 2010

        Great turnaround, great plugin!

        • AndreaBy Andrea on 27 November, 2010

          Great Plugin but in some website I have a problem with titles not being rewrite.
          Very strange…it show a title that I didn’t define anywhere.

          • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 27 November, 2010

            Can you give an example of that?

          • AndreaBy Andrea on 27 November, 2010

            Ok…I found the text. it always put the first post custom title.

          • AndreaBy Andrea on 27 November, 2010

            http://www.corsibologna.com it always take the first post title.
            I found in the functions file a SEO_TITLE function and I disabled that but anything happens.

          • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 27 November, 2010

            Hmm that’s weird, any chance you could share a screenshot of your title settings? Or perhaps give me access?

          • AndreaBy Andrea on 27 November, 2010

            If you want I can give you access…I think the problem is the theme.
            If you give me an email I’ll send you the access.

            Thanks.

  30. Adam CapBy Adam Cap on 27 November, 2010

    You da man Yoast!

    Are there any plans to give the option of including author pages in your sitemap? I know most people probably wouldn’t want to do that, but I “think” I do with my site because I have a bunch of different authors who are known and Google-searched in my niche… but I dunno I’m not an SEO expert. :P

  31. byrestBy byrest on 28 November, 2010

    @andrea: disable seo title in function.php >>//add_filter(‘wp_title’, ‘seo_title’);, and on header.php replace with

    • AndreaBy Andrea on 29 November, 2010

      Hi byrest…I commented the add_filter but the title on every posts get always the first post title.

    • AndreaBy Andrea on 29 November, 2010

      Problem solved removing the Force Rewrite Titles option in the WordPress SEO > Titles configuration page after commentig out the function SEO_TITLE and putting if on all functions that was inside the functions.php file of the theme related to admin panel.

      • byrestBy byrest on 29 November, 2010

        great to see this, but in my case without to force rewrite titles option which is explained in my first comment…..

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 29 November, 2010

          A lot of how this works in changing in the upcoming release, not really dramatically, but it’s still changing…

          • byrestBy byrest on 6 December, 2010

            hey Joost…there is no import feature from seo title tag and platinum seo plugin?

          • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 6 December, 2010

            Hey byrest, no, but SEO Data Transporter, which you can find on the plugin repository, does that quite well :)

  32. alfanBy alfan on 28 November, 2010

    i want to learning about SEO… give tutorial please…

  33. AloisBy Alois on 29 November, 2010

    Hi,

    Great plug-in! I however had to revert to All in one SEO, for I cannot see the keywords on the source page, the description, title and breadcrumbs were working fine but no keywords.

    Was I doing something wrong? I would really love to use WordPress SEO again.

    Thanks

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 29 November, 2010

      Alois,

      meta keywords are not used for any real rankings, so I’ve chosen to get rid of them. Too many comments like these might make me decide otherwise though.

      • TraceBy Trace on 29 November, 2010

        I think that for better or worse, users are going to be pretty caught up on using keywords for the foreseeable future. Even if keywords may not be relevant, users will feel like the plugin is “lacking” if it does not include keywords. It can’t hurt to have them and including a keyword option with the plugin will be a lot less painful than answering the same questions over and over about why the plugin does not include keywords. :)

  34. AlexBy Alex on 29 November, 2010

    Hey Yoast, could you do a big favor and change the folder name and definition of “wpseo” to another name, like your plugin name “wordpress-seo” since it collides with the WordPress Plugin wpSEO http://wpseo.org. That would be nice and many user would appreciate that.

    Thanks!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 29 November, 2010

      I’ll change the folder name but I’m not going to rename all the constants etc. To be honest, people shouldn’t be using both wpseo and WordPress SEO, as WordPress SEO does everything wpseo does and more. Also, @wpseo’s tweet on Twitter didn’t help. At least you asked politely, failing me on Twitter is only going to get me to compete more.

    • kityBy kity on 29 November, 2010

      “many” seems like an overstatement

  35. Chris OlbeksonBy Chris Olbekson on 29 November, 2010

    Hi Joost,
    I think I found a small bug in 0.1.7.1. In version 0.1.2.1 we had the enable sitemap unchecked and no issues. After upgrading when a new post is saved the sitemap is rebuilt and when we go back to the options the enable sitemap is now checked. Uncheck and save then same thing happens again when saving a new post.

  36. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 29 November, 2010

    Ok just released version 0.1.8, you should all upgrade, it’s really a huge improvement.

  37. AndyBy Andy on 30 November, 2010

    Joost,
    Got the latest version 0.1.8, and then remove the Google XML Sitemap generator plugin since yours has the xml sitemap function. Do I have to keep that plugin for yours to work?

    05:45:03: Starting to generate output.
    05:45:03: 20 posts of type post found.
    05:45:03: 26 posts of type page found.
    05:45:03: 6 taxonomy entries of type category found.
    05:45:03: 26 taxonomy entries of type post_tag found.
    05:45:03: 0 taxonomy entries of type media_tag found.
    05:45:03: 2 taxonomy entries of type ngg_tag found.
    05:45:03: Sitemap successfully (re-)generated with 81 URLs.

    Warning: unlink(/var/data/wordpress//sitemap.xml.gz) [function.unlink]: Permission denied in /var/data/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/sitemaps/xml-sitemap-base-class.php on line 31
    05:45:03: Sitemap successfully gzipped.

    Warning: unlink(/var/data/wordpress//sitemap.xml) [function.unlink]: Permission denied in /var/data/wordpress/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/sitemaps/xml-sitemap-class.php on line 340
    05:45:04: Successfully notified of updated sitemap: Google Yahoo! Bing Ask.com

    472KB of memory used.

    When I go to generate a sitemap, I got this error. When I go to read the sitemap, it shows this

    Error loading stylesheet: A network error occured loading an XSLT stylesheet:http://mysite.com/wp-content/plugins/google-sitemap-generator/sitemap.xsl

  38. Gyutae ParkBy Gyutae Park on 30 November, 2010

    Upgraded to 0.1.8 and am noticing that the “X chars left” for the title tag in Edit Posts is no longer working (i.e. updates in real time with remaining characters as you type). It still works fine for the meta description but not for the title.

    It does update when I hit Re-generate though. Any ideas? Is this a bug?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 30 November, 2010

      It’s a bug. Fixing :) Thanks!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 30 November, 2010

      Found and fixed :) Will be fixed in 0.1.9 or 0.2, whichever one comes first ;)

  39. Eddie VahnBy Eddie Vahn on 30 November, 2010

    Very simple to use 0.1.8. Just update, and activate. Works great too; however I had the same problem with the title tag in Edit Posts. Great to know you’ve fixed it and it will be available in 0.1.9. Overall, it’s been a great plugin!

  40. Gaz BBy Gaz B on 1 December, 2010

    Hi Joost,

    I read the latest change log, but in Headway 2.0.5 the titles for category archive pages are still not displaying correctly.

    • Gaz BBy Gaz B on 1 December, 2010

      I should have added that its the custom SEO Titles in the category settings which are not working.

  41. Chuck ReynoldsBy Chuck Reynolds on 1 December, 2010

    Another issue I just noticed. I use
    remove_meta_box( ‘dashboard_primary’, ‘dashboard’, ‘core’ );
    to remove the WP development blog news in my dashboards… when your plugin is activated this causes errors and you can’t load the admin. FYI

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 1 December, 2010

      Hey Chuck, well can’t really complain about that one, though I will add a fix, but your removal is a bit rough :)

      • ChuckBy Chuck on 1 December, 2010

        Haha ya but need to cut down on stuff in dash for clients. All news and stuff is too confusing for them. You know. Thx

  42. Matt MBy Matt M on 1 December, 2010

    Hummm. I’m getting a fatal error when generating a sitemap:

    Call to undefined function: memory_get_peak_usage() in /nfs/c01/h15/mnt/36513/domains/mywebsite.com/html/wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/admin/ajax.php on line 55

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 1 December, 2010

      Ah, thanks for noticing that, will fix it in 0.1.9

  43. NiharBy Nihar on 1 December, 2010

    Thank you very much. I liked this plugin. I have installed this on my other wordpress blog. I will let you know if i find any bugs.

  44. KeithBy Keith on 1 December, 2010

    Hi Joost, I’ve been following all of the action over the past week and it scares me. I’m not a techi and am just managing to get SEO done on my site. I have version 1.2.1 which I installed from the plugin site. I have been too scared to try and install all these daily and sometimes hourly upgrades. Should I wait until the plugin is bug free and is available as a plugin upgrade.
    I have a problem with page titles. The SEO title on each page automatically adds on a portion of the home page SEO title. It also adds on the same portion onto the snippet preview. If I change these they revert back with the unwanted text added on as soon as I save the page.What it means is that I am not in control of the SEO title.
    I read above that you have removed meta keywords. Some analysis software notes the absence of meta keywords and lowers the SEO page score because there are no meta keywords. Just an observation. Please help me with the above, and how can I install the upgrade if it is not available as a plugin upgrade on my dashboard.
    Thanks
    Keith

  45. TammyBy Tammy on 1 December, 2010

    Hi, Joost -

    I’ve begun using your wordpress seo plugin and am so happy with it. Two things:

    1 – I’ve not been able to get the sitemap function to work. When I click to rebuild the sitemap, it looks like it’s done it and I get some stats about the update. But when I visit the sitemap page itself, it’s blank except for the phrase “plugin missing.” Is there a setting I’ve missed to get this to work properly?

    2 – I’ve love to donate but when I click on the “donate” button inside the plugin, it doesn’t take me to a page where I can donate to you, specifically — it just takes me to my paypal login page, then after logging in, to my paypal home page.

    Thanks for all you do for us,
    Tammy

  46. keithBy keith on 1 December, 2010

    Hi Joost, I’ve been following all of the action over the past week concerning WP SEO and it scares me. I’m not a techi and am just managing to get SEO done on my site. I have version 1.2.1 which I installed from the plugin site. I have been too scared to try and install all these daily and sometimes hourly upgrades. Should I wait until the plugin is bug free and is available as a plugin upgrade.
    I have a problem with page titles. The SEO title on each page automatically adds on a portion of the home page site title. It also adds on the same portion onto the snippet preview. If I change these they revert back with the unwanted text added on as soon as I save the page.What it means is that I am not in control of the SEO title.This is affecting the way I can title my pages. Not nice at all. Please help.
    I read above that you have removed meta keywords. Some analysis software notes the absence of meta keywords and lowers the SEO page score because there are no meta keywords. (ref, Traffic Travis) Just an observation. Please help me with the above, and how can I install the upgrade if it is not available as a plugin upgrade on my dashboard. Why cant you make the plugin available on the plugin search as was the 1.2 version with an automatic upgrade capability. That would help guys like me a lot.
    Thanks
    Keith

  47. Mike JohnsonBy Mike Johnson on 6 December, 2010

    Joost,

    I love the plugin. Yes there are minor errors here and there, but so far it is doing very well for me.

    I do have one question though, in some instances I find the Home Page title is not resolving the way I input it. For example, on the Titles Page in the Home Page Title and description area I have written out my Title and description.

    For some reason, I have the first line of my description ending up as part of my Home Page title when I go to the home page.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks.

    Mike

  48. Fabio MoroBy Fabio Moro on 7 December, 2010

    I simply cannot figure out why the meta description will not show in the html. I have it filled in on the page.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

      I bet you don’t have this in your header.php code:

      <? wp_head(); ?>
      • Fabio MoroBy Fabio Moro on 7 December, 2010

        Hey Joost, alright, I don’t…but where exactly do I insert that code? Do you have directions anywhere? I’m not that great with code. I tend to break things.

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

          Right before the

          • Fabio MoroBy Fabio Moro on 7 December, 2010

            Sorry, it just says…”right before the”..kind of feels like a who’s on first moment :)

          • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

            Right before the </head>, bloody WordPress iOS client keeps crashing on me.

  49. Fabio MoroBy Fabio Moro on 7 December, 2010

    Hmmm…okay…I placed it immediately before the the closing head tag, but it still does not show up in the page source. I’ll have to have someone take a look. Perhaps the change is not immediate? Anyway, thank you for responding.

  50. Fabio MoroBy Fabio Moro on 7 December, 2010

    I figured it out…thank you. There was something peculiar about my theme that required me to do what you said only in a different area…thanks again…

  51. byrestBy byrest on 7 December, 2010

    thx joost, just another question….my google webmaster detects 3 version of my sitemap (xml, xml.gz and /wp-content/uploads/wpseo/sitemap.xml with cross sign) and how we do about this thx

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

      the .gz is actually the best one to give to Google, you can ignore the other ones, and Google will to because the plugin pings with the .gz version.

  52. MamouneyyaBy Mamouneyya on 7 December, 2010

    After upgrading to 0.2, this error message begins to appear in the top of every admin page: (Actually, I think that that happened right after changing the admin email from WP general settings)

    Array
    (
    [wpseodir] => /home/user/public_html/wp-content/uploads/wpseo/
    [wpseourl] => http://website.com/wp-content/uploads/wpseo/
    )

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

      Ugh, ok, removing that, it’s appearing because you have a blog public warning underneath that, I think?

      • MamouneyyaBy Mamouneyya on 7 December, 2010

        That is right! :) I made it private because it’s still under development..

      • MamouneyyaBy Mamouneyya on 7 December, 2010

        And that was incredibly fast, by the way :P (one minute!)

  53. StephanBy Stephan on 7 December, 2010

    Joost,

    I seem to have a lot of problems with the meta description field in the ‘edit post’ pages. I think it’s because the SERP snippet is updated automatically, because each keypress make in the description box makes the page slow and if I type more than 40 characters quickly the page sometimes even stops reacting for a couple of seconds.. This is in Chrome on Windows 7. Is there any reason why my browser can’t seem to handle this?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

      Your connection is crap? ;) But you’re right, it needs to be tuned a bit to work on slower connections.

  54. TammyBy Tammy on 7 December, 2010

    Hi, Joost -

    I’m having trouble getting the sitemap function to work. When I click to (re)build the sitemap, I get a message that makes it appear everything went fine. But when I visit the sitemap page, it’s a blank white page with just two words: “plugin missing.”

    I’m running WP 3.0.2 and the most recent version of WP SEO. I used to use Google XML Sitemap with Multisite Support but it has been de-activated on all sites in my multisite setup.

    Any idea what’s causing this? Thanks!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 7 December, 2010

      Are you on 0.2.1 already? Just released that 10 minutes ago or so :)

      • TammyBy Tammy on 7 December, 2010

        Yes, I’m running 0.2.1! :)

      • TammyBy Tammy on 8 December, 2010

        Any idea? Still haven’t been able to get this to work. Thanks!

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 8 December, 2010

          Tammy, emailing you now to see if we can resolve this :)

      • TammyBy Tammy on 8 December, 2010

        Just a quick follow up for others reading this thread and experiencing blank sitemaps: Joost figured out that my old Google XML Sitemap plugin had added a rewrite line to the .htaccess file, which stayed there even after I deactivated the plugin. Once that was removed, all worked perfectly!

        Thanks, Joost, for going the extra mile to help me figure this one out. As I said to you by email, you totally rock.

  55. alquiler sonidoBy alquiler sonido on 8 December, 2010

    Add noodp meta robots tag sitewide and Add noydir meta robots tag sitewide. Should you wish to use any of these sitewide.
    Fail meta robots no found! version 0.2.1. Gracias

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 10 December, 2010

      Found the issue and fixed it for the next version, thanks!

  56. lashonwpBy lashonwp on 13 December, 2010

    Hello Yoast,
    Your plugin “WordPress SEO” makes a geat job. Until now. Since WP 3.0.3 and in a wordpress multisites and buddypress there is a bug. One can’t upload a picture inside a post. The upload goes to Medias librairy but, the post stucks on a white sheet. Nothing happens and all is bugging.
    Also, it makes confusion on the dashboard, impossible to navigate inside menus.

    I hope you’re intending make again an update. Isn’t it ?
    Take care

  57. lashonwpBy lashonwp on 13 December, 2010

    I’m really sorry,
    I haven’t got the lastest version of this plugin because it was not notified on the admin. I understood why just now after reading your post.
    All is fine
    Thanks again for all your great job

  58. JessiBy Jessi on 15 December, 2010

    Great plugin! I only have one problem: it doesn’t work well with WP Favorite Posts plugin: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-favorite-posts

    When I click on “Add to favorites”, the entire site ends up doing a refresh & stays on a blank white page while doing so. I activated/reactivated the plugins I have installed & WordPress SEO is the only one that has a conflict with it. Any idea what the problem might be?

  59. AndreaBy Andrea on 15 December, 2010

    I tried your plugin three days ago and I find it wonderful: I quickly switched from others I used as a standard (Google XML Sitemaps, All In One SEO, etc) and now I’m really happy with yours.

    But I detected a possible bug with the XML sitemap, don’t know if it happens only in my configuration. It happens with this installation: http://www.traduzione.it. The normal XML sitemap is correctly generated but the .gz version is not, the output is kinda corrupted when I try to open it and look to the content. How can I fix it? Thanks in advance and keep on with this great plugin!

  60. Canal ProdutosBy Canal Produtos on 18 December, 2010

    Great plugin, Joost! IMHO it’s by far the best WordPress SEO plugin on the net. Thanks.

  61. DaleBy Dale on 20 December, 2010

    I appreciate the everyone that has shared here. I was getting this error using 0.2.1: “Fatal error: Call to undefined function get_post_types() in … /wp-content/plugins/wordpress-seo/admin/class-metabox.php on line 282″ when trying to access any admin page. Couldn’t figure it out. I finally just tried updating WordPress to 3.0.3 and it now works fine. And I’m sure thankful… I love this plugin. Thanks!!!

  62. TammyBy Tammy on 22 December, 2010

    Hi, Joost – In the RSS section of the plugin setup, is there a way to add year or date the post was published to the content of the RSS feed? Thanks!

  63. +++By +++ on 22 December, 2010

    Hi. Great tool, thank you.

    On my clients setup it has problems though: no noarchive, etc. meta tags in head when selected to do so in the menu, and generated robots txt looks like:
    User-agent: *
    Disallow:

    Any clues?

  64. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

    You have to remove the old sitemap, the file will have been created in uploads/wpseo and when you open the old URL it will still appear there… Let me know if you don’t get it :-)

  65. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 23 November, 2010

    Kinda same here. The new sitemap is being generated in /uploads/wpseo but the old sitemap url gives out a 404.

  66. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

    Hmm could you try something for me? Go to settings -> permalinks and save the settings, don’t change anything, then try again…

  67. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 23 November, 2010

    Sorry. That didn´t do the trick. Still a 404 for the old url after saving the permalink structure.

  68. Miguel RodriguezBy Miguel Rodriguez on 23 November, 2010

    sure. Which email address should I send the login to?

  69. Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 23 November, 2010

    Hey Miguel, I can see the sitemap is generated fine indeed… Any chance I could nudge you for admin access to your site so I can see if I can find the bug?

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