The free version of Yoast SEO upgraded to version 19.10 and the premium version to 19.5, introducing numerous important changes.
This is what you must know about these releases if you’re considering whether to update.
WooCommerce 7.1 Compatibility
Both the free and superior version releases benefit users who run the recently launched WooCommerce variation 7.1.
WooCommerce 7.1 is a substantial release and amongst the improvements is a change to the database called, High Efficiency Order Storage (HPOS).
High Efficiency Order Storage makes modifications to the database so the activation of this new feature is an optional for the time being to permit time for plugin developers to catch up with the new function.
A WooCommerce explainer noted:
“After the first production release, the HPOS feature will continue to be opt-in and we will assist designers in making their plugins compatible with HPOS, closely keep an eye on how many extensions work and how many stores are actively evaluating the function.”
Yoast 19.10/ 19.5 Premium both feature compatibility with the new WooCommerce HPOS feature. That suggests if activation of HPOS leads to a website crash it’s safe to eliminate Yoast SEO as a perpetrator.
Users of the WooCommerce SEO add-on for Yoast will likewise benefit from an update to structured information that makes it eligible for new enhancements in search in Google.
Yoast 19.10 Repairs a Fatal Mistake Bug
The updated Yoast SEO plugin uses a spot for a bug that can result in website crashes.
The Yoast SEO changelog blames the issue on other (unnamed) plugins:
“Repairs a bug where a fatal mistake would be thrown in the traditional editor in mix with particular plugins that misuse metabox hooks.”
An example of a metabox is a custom-made field that allows users to include extra material that isn’t in the primary content.
Repairs 2 Elementor-related Bugs
The very first Elementor-related bugfix repair work a problem that impacted the ability to save Yoast SEO meta data (under particular circumstances), which is a huge deal.
The changelog states:
“Fixes a bug where Yoast SEO-related post meta data would not be conserved if a user without the manage_options ability would save a post in Elementor.”
Yoast’s second bugfix is associated with the previous one because it occurs from the exact same “manage_options capability” problem.
The changelog describes:
“Fixes a bug where users with site-wide standard access authentication would be prompted to place their qualifications when saving a post in Elementor if they didn’t have the manage_options capability.”
WordPress 6.1 Compatibility and Miscellaneous
Variation 19.10 deprecated over a lots hooks that are utilized for adding customized content to Yoast SEO settings pages.
Finally, Yoast SEO offers full compatibility with the just launched WordPress 6.1 code-named Misha.
Should You Update to the Latest Variation of Yoast SEO?
Some people understandably prefer to wait before updating a plugin in case there’s a significant mistake which’s not a bad technique.
Yoast SEO is used by over five million site publishers. The upgraded plugin was released the other day and there are no reports in the Yoast SEO assistance forum that indicates that there are any extensive issues with this upgrade.
In reality, there are currently just random issues that often have more to do with other plugins and styles.
There are no problems that suggest a pattern of problems related to this update.
Thinking about updating to the most recent variation of Yoast SEO is a great concept, particularly to those who use WooCommerce or Elementor however not limited to those users.
Yoast SEO 19.10/ 19.5 Premium are both suitable with the latest version of WordPress so that in itself makes updating a desirable alternative as well as being an excellent practice to utilizing the current version of all plugins and themes since this helps avoid incompatibility problems.
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