Yoast SEO 7.4: Enhanced image support

Please welcome to the stage: Yoast SEO 7.4! In this release, we’ve squashed a number of bugs and focused on enhancing the way Yoast SEO works with Open Graph images. We also made some other enhancements that improve the way the plugin functions. Happy updating!

Improved handling of images

Images are very important for several reasons: not only do your readers love to see them while reading your post, but they are indispensable if you want to do well in image search — which is becoming more important by the day. Image SEO, therefore, is a thing. There’s another reason images are important: social images can attract a great deal of traffic to your site or social media profile. Luckily, Yoast SEO can help you up your social image game.

For some years, you have been able to preview how your social posts will look when shared with Yoast SEO Premium. Most social media platforms use the OpenGraph protocol to determine what should be shown and how. In Yoast SEO 7.4, we’ve made some improvements to how the plugin handles OpenGraph images. For starters, we now add Open Graph image dimension-meta tags to more images. We also exclude images in Open Graph meta tags that are larger than 2MB as we want to keep everything running smoothly. Yoast SEO can now also append the image alt tag to the OpenGraph output, using the meta tag og:image:alt. Last but not least, we’ve added caching for images in posts to reduce load time. We’re diving deeper into how different platforms use OpenGraph to handle images and we’re hoping to do more with images in the future.

If you want to really dive into this and learn more about the choices we made and why we made them you should definitely read this long read on Open Graph tags by Jono!

Dropping support for PHP 5.2

 In Yoast SEO 7.3, we’re now showing a message warning you about dropping support for the ancient PHP 5.2 in an upcoming version. As you might know, anything before PHP 7.0 is quickly running towards end-of-life. There are, however, still a lot of people and hosting companies that use ancient software to power their servers. Please upgrade your servers if possible! Here’s how Joost put it some time ago:

“The why is three-pronged: security, speed, and future-proofing. PHP 5.2 hasn’t been updated for years and has serious issues. PHP 7 is lightning fast, up to 400% faster than 5.2. You might even regard this as a green move; you can use 50% fewer servers to get the same results from PHP 7. Last but not least, developers can finally use all the modern technologies to bring WordPress to the next level.”

Other improvements and fixes

To more rigorously determine if posts and pages are viewable and accessible, we’ve added the is_post_type_viewable WordPress function to improve support for the wpseo_accessible_post_types filters. Among other things, we’ve fixed some bugs that kept some database tables from being removed when you deleted a sub-site from a multisite environment. To cap it off, we’ve fixed a bug where deleting multiple posts could cause performance issues. Thanks to Abolfazl Moeini for finding and fixing that.

Please update

As always, our advice is to update to the newest release of Yoast SEO so you can get the latest and greatest. In Yoast SEO 7.4, we’ve improved how we handle OpenGraph images and added several other enhancements that make the plugin better. Thanks for using Yoast SEO!

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22 Responses to Yoast SEO 7.4: Enhanced image support

  1. Grace
    Grace  • 5 years ago

    Thank you for the update :)

  2. MaAnna
    MaAnna  • 5 years ago

    Could you tell us more about how the new caching works?

    How does it coordinate with other caching methods we may have in use?

  3. Vladimír Juroško
    Vladimír Juroško  • 5 years ago

    Thank you much for your effort! Great update!

  4. naa986
    naa986  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for the update

  5. kontakt.w1
    kontakt.w1  • 5 years ago

    After this update, it will be interesting to see in a couple of weeks how Google reindexes pictures :-)

  6. Desmond SEO
    Desmond SEO  • 5 years ago

    I use the Yoast Seo plugin for every single WordPress site I manage…. dozens. The consistent work and effort going on behind the scenes, by the Yoast design and programming team is fantastic. Thank you for, yet again, another value adding update.

  7. Gunther De Witte
    Gunther De Witte  • 5 years ago

    Is er met Yoast Premium ook de mogelijkheid om inzicht te krijgen op Google maps ( vermelding bij zoekopdrachten)

  8. تعمیرات کولر گازی
    تعمیرات کولر گازی  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for the update

  9. Jamil
    Jamil  • 5 years ago

    Thank you for articles and dedication to keeping our website running smoothly. Thanks for the update.

  10. Pk Haldar
    Pk Haldar  • 5 years ago

    Very Interesting and wonderful information keep sharing.Thank you so much

  11. gopal pathodiya
    gopal pathodiya  • 5 years ago

    hello sir,
    I want to learn yoast SEO,
    Are you provide this course in Hindi language medium.
    if yes … please tell me

    • Willemien Hallebeek
      Willemien Hallebeek  • 5 years ago

      Sorry Godal, we don’t provide it in Hindi yet…

  12. Emily
    Emily  • 5 years ago

    yoast is also social, not just seo. good update. :)

    MUMBERE AUSBEL  • 5 years ago

    Does this mean we can change what will be shown on facebook when we share our posts?

  14. Jenifer
    Jenifer  • 5 years ago

    I am sure that this is a great blog but it is way to technical and the terminology is also to advanced for a beginner.
    Making it useable only for people that could have probably written it themselves..
    Hope to see more beginner friendly blogs in the future.

    • Iris Guelen
      Iris Guelen  • 5 years ago

      Hi Jenifer! If you would like to read blogs that are aimed at beginners, have a look at our SEO basics articles, they can be found here: https://yoast.com/cat/seo-basics/. Hope that helps! :)

  15. نکسوان
    نکسوان  • 5 years ago

    Thanks for the update

  16. RS
    RS  • 5 years ago

    Why have you removed the wpseo_opengraph_image_size filter in 7.4?

  17. Jack Sim
    Jack Sim  • 5 years ago

    Glad you guys have added this awesome update. Open graph is a mess right now and this is exactly what the community needs, thank you!

    I just finished reading the great article written by Jono: https://yoast.com/advanced-technical-seo-social-image-ogimage-tags/

    Keep up the good work!

    • Giapox
      Giapox  • 5 years ago

      Nice update. Thank you!