Yoast SEO 7.2: Fixes and improvements

These past few weeks were all about the 7.0 release of Yoast SEO. That release brought many changes and made a lot of SEO work easier to understand and do. In 7.1 we fixed some bugs, improved the importers and added a new language to our roster: Portuguese. Yoast SEO 7.2 — out now — is taking it a bit easier. No substantial new features, but enough improvements all around.

Better import from All in One SEO Pack

Over the past few releases, we’ve been steadily improving and enhancing the data importers in Yoast SEO. We’re slowly getting there and Yoast SEO 7.2 adds another new enhancement to one particular importer: the one for All in One SEO Pack. As of now, we can import noindex, nofollow and OpenGraph tags from this WordPress SEO plugin. Also, we’ve fixed a bug that could overwrite existing Yoast SEO data when importing data from All in One SEO Pack.

Bug fixes in Yoast SEO 7.2

As always, we ran into bugs that we needed to fix. Some we uncover ourselves, while others are handed to us by our highly valued community. In Yoast SEO 7.2, we needed to fix several bugs. Some are very small, like the Ryte notification that didn’t go away when users turned the feature. But some are more serious, like a bug where attachments connected to password-protected posts ended up in the sitemaps.

A couple of other fixes were related to the wpseo_robots filter where setting a page to noindex did not correctly remove the canonical element. In Yoast SEO Premium, there were issues regarding the handling of changes in parent/child relationships of pages; we have resolved these all. Of course, you can check the changelog for Yoast SEO 7.2 to see what else was fixed.

What are you waiting for: update now!

With every release, we keep the ball rolling at Yoast HQ. We’re finetuning, fixing and improving anywhere we can. Since Yoast SEO is open source, you can help us make Yoast SEO even better. Why don’t you follow our GitHub account to see what we’re working on? If you have issues, features request or enhancements don’t be afraid to post them. Please follow the instructions in the Yoast Contribution Guidelines.

This wraps up our bi-weekly release update. We now just have one more assignment for you: update now!

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15 Responses to Yoast SEO 7.2: Fixes and improvements

  1. poter
    poter  • 6 years ago

    Hi, I’ve been with Yoast Seo for many years,
    but this last version has disappeared a lot of good functions like creating sitemap etc.

    If not pretend that every time you want to change a hidden parameter in its last Yoast SEO version 7.2.,
    I have to be doing the setup assistant as when installing again.

    To change parameters that are not now

    I think I do not like yoast SEO anymore when it removes features to the latest version of Yoast SEO 7.2.

  2. Geek
    Geek  • 6 years ago

    In the current update, I am unable to add title, description manually, as I can see only focus keyword field rest is hidden. Why this happened to new update? All fields are removed or I have any issue with my browser? because on my all websites the yoast is not performing well, all fields except focus keyword are hidden.

    • Martin
      Martin  • 6 years ago

      I have a similar issue, I can see the title and description meta fields to edit but the focus keyword field has gone? I now cant set any focus keyword for new pages or articles?

  3. Gracious Store
    Gracious Store  • 6 years ago

    Good to know Yoast is always working hard with updates. Those of us with little or no background in technical SEO will be very slow to make new updates in case of fatal errors we cannot handle. We shall make the update after all sources have thumbs up for the new update

  4. Tim Dini
    Tim Dini  • 6 years ago

    Client Site…
    Updated Yoast SEO to v7.2
    Running Local SEO for WordPress SEO by Yoast v1.3.6

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function wpseo_xml_sitemaps_base_url() in /home/alliedphsfzn/public_html/wp-content/plugins/wpseo-local/includes/wpseo-local-functions.php on line 335

  5. Maartje Postma
    Maartje Postma  • 6 years ago

    Problem: after the update to 7.2 on the free version al my blogpost are on no-index with the premium version i don’t have the problem

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 years ago

      Hi Maartje, That’s really strange and shouldn’t happen of course. You can manually set them to index, as described here: https://yoast.com/help/how-to-customize-the-sitemap-index/ If you have Premium access you can always email our support team too.

  6. Guju News
    Guju News  • 6 years ago

    Great Article
    Thanks, Team Yoast for the updates

  7. Postcode
    Postcode  • 6 years ago

    Thanks for this update! On my website, the plugin works like a charm!

  8. Daniel John
    Daniel John  • 6 years ago

    Thanks, Team Yoast for the updates

  9. Alex de Borba
    Alex de Borba  • 6 years ago

    All changes and fixes are always more than welcome.

    If I may suggest something, those such as me that rely on Google Newsstand to syndicated their published content on a daily basis, often have to manually edit the content due to the fact that Yoast Pro RSS feature does not follow their standards. Often, featured images are overlapped with content images, or authors avatar since Google Newsstand cannot properly identify it through the generated RSS. I am not fully aware if RSS through Yoast Pro somehow is able to manipulate the outcome, but it would be useful if you developed a plugin to handle this matters, like you have done with Google News, for instance.

  10. Ralf
    Ralf  • 6 years ago

    did you now fix the wpseo_sitemap_cache_validator problem? All databases (wp options) are filled up with wpseo entries.

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 6 years ago

      Hi Ralf, This appears to be related to the transient cache we use. The transient cache is used to speed up the sitemaps as the Yoast SEO generates the sitemap on the fly. However, we have a filter to disable this. You can learn more about the filter here: https://yoast.com/help/sitemap-does-not-update/.

      • Ralf
        Ralf  • 6 years ago

        Great, thank you, I will give this to my programmer.