Yoast SEO 11.9: More fixes and enhancements
Are you ready for another exciting release to round up the Yoast SEO 11 cycle? Because we are! In Yoast SEO 11.9, we have improvements for Schema and security, we have bug fixes and updates for Local and News SEO!
Improving Schema once again
With the closing of the Yoast SEO 11 releases we’ve yet again improved Schema in the plugins! The Yoast WooCommerce SEO plugin had a bug showing invalid Schema when a product used the placeholder image, so we fixed that. We’ve also improved Schema output in the News SEO plugin.
With Yoast SEO 12.0 around the corner, you might fear that we think we’re done with Schema output in the Yoast SEO plugins. Fortunately, this is not the case! We’ll continue to improve and work on Schema in future releases as well.
Curious for more Schema? Looking for a way to extend our Schema implementation? Why don’t you dive into our Schema documentation?
Tightening the security of the plugins
Somehow security is something people find not very interesting. But you do lock up your house when you leave it because you don’t want anyone to steal your tv, right? Updating to the latest version of a plugin is essentially locking your website to make sure no one can get in. A criminal does not need an open door, an open window or even thin glass won’t stop them. It’s the same with software: they don’t need a password to maybe do malicious things to your website. That’s why we always give high priority to possible security issues in our plugins. For this release, the incomparable Juliette Reinders -Folmer — helped us improve the security of the plugins to make sure there won’t be possible malicious data.
Local SEO improvements
We’ve updated our Local SEO plugin, because Google went from two different API keys to just one. New users of the Local SEO plugin will see a field in the API key tab where they can enter their API key. Existing users can add their API keys the regular way, but we encourage you to use the new API key.
Local SEO now also gives you notifications when you have set an API key in a constant in your
wp-config.php file. In addition, we fixed a bug that caused the map settings tab to show an empty panel without an API key present. It now shows a notification.
News SEO improvements
We gave the News SEO plugin quite some love this release! The add-on now has its own tab in the Yoast SEO meta box.
We’ve also fixed a bug where the
@type in the schema output would be
NewsArticle instead of
Article for articles which were excluded from the news sitemap. And we’ve fixed a bug where news article pages and custom post types included in the news sitemap, would not receive an author in the schema output.
Bug fixes in Yoast SEO 11.9
In Yoast SEO for WordPress, we’ve fixed a bug where the image from the configuration wizard notification was missing an empty alt attribute. No need to read that sentence again, we’ll explain what this means! In absence of an alt attribute, screen readers will try to announce something to you. This means in most cases the screen readers will try to announce a part of the image URL, which is far from ideal. Decorative images need an empty alt and that’s what this fixes!
Another bug we squashed concerned missing translations from the meta box, sidebar, configuration wizard and the help center. We love our translators and it’s much easier to read the information in your native language.
Bug fixes in Yoast SEO Premium
In Yoast SEO Premium, we’ve fixed a bug where multiple redirects would be created when editing taxonomies on a multisite environment. In addition, the social preview forms no longer appears on taxonomies twice. We love social media, but there’s no need to let you fill in those forms multiple times.
Update to Yoast SEO 11.9
That’s it! We’re very proud to deliver the last release of the Yoast SEO 11 cycle. Don’t forget to update!
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38 Responses to Yoast SEO 11.9: More fixes and enhancements
Yoast is a very nice WordPress plugin for SEO. I like it. I use it on my every website but I use the free version because i’m a startup and cannot afford to buy the premium version of it. So, thanks Yoast.
Just updated my Yoast PRemium plugin, I can’t find the Focus Keyphrase Section and even the Keywords and Related Keyphrase section after the update.
My website uses yoast seo 11.3 and suddenly it working (i am not able to find the snippet, even after enabling it in the screen option). Should i upgrade to 11.9 ?
Thanks for providing latest updates of yoast seo plugin.
The update is not working properly. and my WordPress getting stuck on yoast Why?
Hi, I am using your latest Yoast SEO plugin, but the issue is when I audit my site audit reports told me that there is no sitemap.xml. But I rechecked that it working fine on Yoast XML. So can you explain to me this issue?
Wonderful, Yoast SEO is the best forever
I recently created a website using WordPress & tried to update SEO title & Description by using YOAST SEO Plugin. But, there is no advanced setting in my dashboard. Could you please check? I am attaching the screenshot for your reference. I need your Support Urgently.
Did you check the Yoast support page?
Is the Yoast plugin available for Blogspot? I want my site to have thousands of visitors.
Unfortunately not. Go to https://yoast.com/yoast-seo-platforms/ to find out which platforms we’ve developed Yoast SEO for.
Thanks, Yoast. The performance is improving when I get updates and fixes. Keep going on.
facebook and twitter profiles have gone missing from google serp profiles but other profiles are appearing. Is it because of the update
I like most changes but please make the advanced settings an extra tab again. It makes so much more sense than in the accordeon.
I was using another SEO plugin in wordpress for years. I always see YOAST but I didn’t try it before. I try it and I love it. All my websites (10+) are using YOAST right now. Thanks for quality plugin.
That’s great to hear! Thanks for your kind words :)
Ever since we switched to Yoast our rankings have improved. Great to see the plugin keeping up with trends and offering continuous updates.
So how about the Schema, I don’t see anything on it.
What do you mean exactly?
Yoast should think to redesign the snippet preview to show 600 px width of SEO post title. Even the latest plugin shows 66 characters which leads to may characters being hidden in the SERP
It’s not the width of the snippet preview, but Google testing different font sizes. Some people see a bigger font in the Google SERPS. We’re waiting until Google has decided that a certain size will stay, so we can adapt.
Using Yoast for the last two years. Would say this is one of the best tools
That’s great to hear Shelly, thank you!
When I update it there’s problem can one help me please?
For Yoast support check out https://yoast.com/help/support/ .
Wonderful, Yoast SEO is the best forever
I just bought yoast premium and downloaded to my wordpress site. It’s not installing.
Did you give the installation guide a read already? https://yoast.com/help/installation-guide-of-wordpress-seo-premium/
If it still does not work you could contact our support team anytime!
I recommend you to please download the plugin again to upload it and make sure you always upload the zip file of the plugin in your WordPress.
If still, it is not installing, then please contact the Yoast Support Team at email@example.com from your registered email id only.
You should also upload screenshots (if required) in your email; it would help them to resolve your issue fast.
The Update to 11.9 is not working! Why? Our website is down!!!!!
uh oh! Did you check our support page already? https://yoast.com/help/support/#premium
Likewise. After installing the newest update, WordPress informed me that the site was experiencing a fatal error. Cannot get view anything on the site, and cannot access anything via the dashboard either.
I love Yoast, it really helps in optimizing of sites. These updates are awesome but the Yoast premium is kind of expensive. Many newbies won’t get the opportunity to purchase it. Thanks for your great work Yoast.
yes, exactly. we all love Yoast.