Yoast SEO 7.1: A língua Portuguesa

Two weeks ago, we released one of our most significant updates yet: Yoast SEO 7.0. This release featured some much-needed spring-cleaning and a wholly revamped XML sitemap experience. In it, the focus is much less on the sitemap as it is on easily getting indexed what you want to get indexed. Yoast SEO 7.1 — out today — builds on that release with fixes and enhancements.

First up: support for Portuguese

As you know, Yoast SEO understands quite a few languages. While most of the content checks work for every language, there are instances where the checks are language-specific. The list is pretty impressive right now and keeps growing. We support English, German, Dutch, French, Italian and Spanish in various degrees. Today, we’re adding a brand-new language: Portuguese.

More than 200 million people speak Portuguese natively, making it the sixth most popular language in the world. Thanks to our friend Dilmar Ames, we have now taken the first steps towards full support for Portuguese. While it’s still early days for the content analyses, the insights and internal linking suggestions features in Portuguese are fully developed. Users of Yoast SEO Premium can enjoy these two great features to enhance their posts and improve their site structure.

Also, we fixed a couple of other language-related issues. For instance, we added a filter to mark Spanish sentences as non-passive when certain exception words occur between the auxiliary and the participle. The list of exception words includes all forms of the copula ‘estar’.


Besides expanding our knowledge of the world’s languages, we’ve also improved the plugin in various regards.

Importing from other SEO plugins

Yoast SEO 7.1 now detects if you can import data from other SEO plugins data. It allows you to import this data on the Import from other plugins page. After importing, you can check whether the import was successfull and then delete the data. To help you set up your titles and descriptions correctly, we decided we should not import title & description templates from other plugins. You can run the configuration wizard to set up your templates properly.

Filters and variables

Thanks to Akinori Musha, we’ve added support for a new template variable %%archive_title%%. This gives access to the utility function called get_the_archive_title() which gives a nicely localized title for the current archive page.

We’re now providing developers extra context if they want to replace posts and taxonomies. To do this, we’ve added an additional argument to wpseo_replacements filter. This makes it possible to access post, taxonomy or term instances when applying the filter.

To top it off, we’ve removed the Facebook Insights functionality as it’s no longer supported. Plus, we’ve increased the height of the meta description box so it matches the maximum amount of characters without needing a scrollbar.

Fixing bugs

Coming from such a big release like Yoast SEO 7.0 there are always a few bugs to fix. Thanks to our awesome GitHub community, we were able to track and fix quite a few of them. Let’s go over a couple of them. For instance, we fixed a bug where the rewrite rules weren’t correctly removed after stripping the category base. This resulted in 404s. Now, you can safely remove /category/ from your URLs again and it should correctly update itself.

There was also a weird issue where you enabled the Show blog page in the breadcrumb settings, it’d be disabled and vice versa. Previously, it showed the wrong breadcrumb path when using a static blog page and Show Blog page is set to hide.

There were some performance issues reported with the release of Yoast SEO 7.0.2 which we fixed by improving WPSEO_Options::get. This is the main function we use throughout the plugin to fetch settings. This is only a small sampling of the work that went into Yoast SEO 7.1. For a complete list of all the fixed bugs, please check the changelog.

Update to Yoast SEO 7.1 now

Coming hot on the heels of Yoast SEO 7.0, 7.1 packs quite a few enhancements and bug fixes. These fixes improve the way the plugins function and increases stability. We’re still actively cleaning up our plugins to make sure they are lean and mean. So, don’t forget to update!

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15 Responses to Yoast SEO 7.1: A língua Portuguesa

  1. Ursula
    Ursula  • 5 years ago

    Ciao, dopo l’ultimo aggiornamento ho avuto molti problemi risolti immediatamente grazie al vostro tempestivo supporto, però ho un problema che non riesco a risolvere. La sitemap non mi fa indicizzare tutte le pagine. Posso avere informazioni di come creare le impostazioni in modo corretto? ?

  2. Mikael Araújo
    Mikael Araújo  • 6 years ago

    Hi, good know your special attention to Portuguese Language. Congrats.

    • Edwin Toonen

      Thanks Mikael!

  3. Roberta Lan
    Roberta Lan  • 6 years ago

    I’m so happy with the news!!! I’ve been waiting for that for a loooong time!

    However, I’ve taken a look but I don’t see any difference so far (I have the latest version). When I click on “change language”* it goes to my general settings where the language is indeed Portuguese. Brazilian Portuguese, to be more exact. Is this a problem?

    (*the whole message on readability box is:
    Seu site está definido para a seguinte língua: Alterar língua)

    • Edwin Toonen

      Hi Roberta. This update is not about changing the language of the interface, but rather checking your writing in the Portuguese language and giving you related links. The latter is for users of Yoast SEO Premium.

  4. Ariadne
    Ariadne  • 6 years ago

    Well, I’m never disappointed with you, guys!
    Thank you for your work!

    • Edwin Toonen

      Thanks, Ariadne!

  5. longman
    longman  • 6 years ago

    Thank you for this new release.
    I have had a question.
    Do you have in mind to add Persian language support for cornerstone content?
    by now, yoast does not support persian language when using corerstone content.
    Do you have any plan for it.
    Thanks a lot

    • longman
      longman  • 6 years ago

      What a good news.
      Thank you very much.
      I’m completely ready to help, so I sent an email.
      Have a nice day.
      And thank you very much again.

    • Edwin Toonen

      Hi longman. No plans for Persian yet, but you’re welcome to help? We are planning to make these features available for as many languages as possible. You can help speed up the process for Persian by contributing word lists. If you’d like to help, please send an email to language@yoast.com.

  6. Gracious Store
    Gracious Store  • 6 years ago

    This is great update, Yoast is always working very hard and we hope to benefit from your hard wrtk

  7. Dilmar Ames
    Dilmar Ames  • 6 years ago

    Thanks a lot team Yoast, you’re awesome!

    • Edwin Toonen

      Thank YOU, Dilmar! We couldn’t have done it without you :)

  8. Filipe Morato Gomes
    Filipe Morato Gomes  • 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for adding Portuguese language to Yoast SEO. It means a lot for a lot of bloggers here.

    • Edwin Toonen

      You’re welcome, Filipe!