Yoast SEO 20.6: Introducing a new readability assessment

Get ready for another release of Yoast SEO! Our team has been working hard to bring you new features, enhancements, and bug fixes that help improve Yoast SEO. In Yoast SEO 20.6, we’re introducing a readability assessment that helps you avoid using center-aligned text in your content. Plus, we have other upgrades that enhance your favorite SEO plugin. Update now!

A new readability assessment: don’t center-align text

To provide the best reading experience to users, we have added a new readability assessment. This warning reminds you not to use center-aligned text in your content, as this can make your content harder to read.

Text aligned to the center can create readability, usability, and user experience problems. This is due to the uneven spacing between words, making it difficult for readers to stay engaged with the text flow. As a result, it is hard to identify the start and end of each line when the text is centered. Thus, making it challenging for people to keep track of their reading.

Yoast SEO recommends avoiding center-aligned text in your content. This way, reading your content is much easier, and your page layout has the best user experience.

Yoast SEO will give you a heads-up if you are using too much center-aligned text

A heads-up: we’re deprecating the Zapier integration

Yoast SEO users depending on the Zapier integration, should take note of the upcoming changes. Here’s a short timeline of what’s happening:

  • Starting May 2, 2023, the Yoast SEO integration with Zapier will be soft-deprecated. Existing Zaps using the Yoast SEO integration will only work for users who haven’t updated to version 20.7 of Yoast SEO. If you have updated to version 20.7 or higher, your Zaps using the Yoast SEO integration will stop working.
  • On May 9th, 2023, support for the integration with Zapier will end with Yoast SEO 20.7.

To continue using Yoast SEO with Zapier, it’s recommended to check your Zaps and identify which ones will be affected by the end of support. By configuring your API calls using Webhooks by Zapier, you can continue to use Yoast SEO’s features in your Zaps. Please check out our help documentation for guidance if you have any questions.

WooCommerce SEO 15.7: Product identifiers now for grouped products

In WooCommerce, a grouped product is a type of product that allows you to group multiple simple products and sell them as a single item. To help you improve the metadata of your grouped products, we now support these in the SKU and product identifiers assessment in WooCommerce SEO 15.7.

In the WooCommerce SEO analyses, we’ll check if your (grouped) products come with SKUs or product identifiers. Adding these makes it easier for search engines to understand your products as this information is passed via Product structured data for them to use.

Yoast SEO 20.6 is out today!

We hope you’re excited about the new version of Yoast SEO! With all the recent bug fixes, enhancements, and the new readability assessment, this release will help you take your website’s SEO and user experience to the next level.

Thanks for using Yoast SEO, and happy optimizing!

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2 Responses to Yoast SEO 20.6: Introducing a new readability assessment

  1. Dumitru Brinzan
    Dumitru Brinzan  • 10 months ago

    The update log says there’s a performance improvement, but this post has no mentions of it.
    Can you please elaborate?

    • Edwin Toonen

      We have optimized the way we’re building our data about authors. This optimization should be visible in pages that hadn’t been indexed by Yoast SEO before, and it was made having sites with a considerable number of published posts in mind.