The free version of Yoast SEO was updated to version 19.10, and the premium version was updated to version 19.5.
Further, Yoast Local SEO to version 14.7, and Yoast WooCommerce SEO to version 15.3. The updates mainly consist of enhancements and fixes, plus support for material structured data in WooCommerce SEO.
This is what you should know about this Yoast SEO Update if you’re deciding whether to update.
Compatibility with WooCommerce 7.1
Users of the recently released WooCommerce version 7.1 will benefit from both the free and paid versions.
WooCommerce 7.1 is a big update, and one of the changes is a new database feature called High Performance Order Storage (HPOS).
High-Performance Order Storage introduces changes to the database, so for now, you don’t have to use this new feature. This is to give plugin developers time to catch up with the new feature.
Yoast SEO Update 19.10 and Yoast 19.5 Premium are both compatible with WooCommerce’s new HPOS (High Performance Order Storage) feature. That means that if activating HPOS causes a website to crash, Yoast SEO is not to blame.
Users of the WooCommerce SEO add-on for Yoast will also benefit from an update to structured data that makes it eligible for new search features in Google.
Yoast 19.10 Fixes a Fatal Error Bug
The new version of the Yoast SEO plugin fixes a bug that can cause a website to crash.
The problem is blamed on other (unnamed) plugins in the Yoast SEO Update changelog:
“Fixes a bug where a fatal error would be thrown in the classic editor in combination with certain plugins that misuse metabox hooks.”
A custom field that lets users add extra content that isn’t in the main content is an example of a metabox.
Fixes two bugs in Elementor
The first Elementor bug fix fixes a problem that made it hard to save Yoast SEO metadata in some situations. This is a big deal.
The changelog states:
“Fixes a bug where Yoast SEO-related post meta data would not be saved if a user without the manage_options capability would save a post in Elementor.”
Yoast’s second bug fix is related to the previous one in that it arises from the same “manage_options capability” issue.
“Fixes a bug where users with site-wide basic access authentication would be prompted to insert their credentials when saving a post in Elementor if they didn’t have the manage_options capability.”
Compatibility with WordPress 6.1 and Other
It’s a good idea to update plugins as soon as possible, although some users prefer to wait in case of a major issue.
Yoast SEO is used by over 5 million website owners. On the 48 hours since the release of the plugin’s newest version on November 8th, 2022, there have been no reports of major issues in the Yoast SEO help forum.
As it is, there are only intermittent issues, some of which are brought on by third-party components like plugins and themes.
No obvious problems have been found with this release.
Users of WooCommerce or Elementor, but not just them, should consider upgrading to the current version of Yoast SEO.
In fact, there are only random concerns right now, and some of them are caused by other plugins and themes.
There are no issues with this update that point to a pattern of problems.
Yoast SEO users who use WooCommerce or Elementor, but not only those people, should think about updating to the latest version.
Both Yoast SEO 19.10 Premium and Yoast SEO 19.5 Premium work with the latest version of WordPress. This makes updating a good idea, and it’s also a good idea to use the latest versions of all plugins and themes to avoid difficulties with incompatibility.
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