The free version of Yoast SEO updated to version 19.10 and the premium variation to 19.5, presenting numerous essential modifications.
This is what you need to learn about these releases if you’re considering whether to upgrade.
WooCommerce 7.1 Compatibility
Both the free and premium version releases benefit users who run the just recently launched WooCommerce variation 7.1.
WooCommerce 7.1 is a huge release and amongst the enhancements is a modification to the database called, High Efficiency Order Storage (HPOS).
High Efficiency Order Storage makes changes to the database so the activation of this brand-new function is an optional for the time being to allow time for plugin developers to overtake the new feature.
A WooCommerce explainer noted:
“After the first production release, the HPOS feature will continue to be opt-in and we will help developers in making their plugins compatible with HPOS, closely keep track of the number of extensions are compatible and the number of shops are actively checking the feature.”
Yoast 19.10/ 19.5 Premium both include compatibility with the new WooCommerce HPOS feature. That suggests if activation of HPOS results in a website crash it’s safe to eliminate Yoast SEO as a culprit.
Users of the WooCommerce SEO add-on for Yoast will also benefit from an upgrade to structured information that makes it eligible for new enhancements in search in Google.
Yoast 19.10 Fixes a Fatal Mistake Bug
The upgraded Yoast SEO plugin uses a spot for a bug that can lead to site crashes.
The Yoast SEO changelog blames the issue on other (unnamed) plugins:
“Repairs a bug where a fatal error would be thrown in the traditional editor in mix with particular plugins that misuse metabox hooks.”
An example of a metabox is a custom field that allows users to include additional material that isn’t in the primary content.
Fixes Two Elementor-related Bugs
The first Elementor-related bugfix repairs an issue that impacted the ability to save Yoast SEO meta data (under particular circumstances), which is a big 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 conserve a post in Elementor.”
Yoast’s 2nd bugfix is connected to the previous one in that it emerges from the very same “manage_options capability” problem.
The changelog discusses:
“Repairs a bug where users with site-wide basic access authentication would be prompted to place their credentials 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 dozen hooks that are used for including custom material to Yoast SEO settings pages.
Lastly, Yoast SEO offers full compatibility with the just released WordPress 6.1 code-named Misha.
Should You Update to the Latest Variation of Yoast SEO?
Some individuals not surprisingly prefer to wait before updating a plugin in case there’s a major error which’s not a bad method.
Yoast SEO is utilized by over five million site publishers. The upgraded plugin was launched the other day and there are no reports in the Yoast SEO assistance online forum that suggests that there are any prevalent issues with this upgrade.
In truth, there are presently only random problems that sometimes have more to do with other plugins and styles.
There are no problems that suggest a pattern of problems related to this upgrade.
Thinking about updating to the latest version of Yoast SEO is an excellent idea, especially to those who use WooCommerce or Elementor however not restricted to those users.
Yoast SEO 19.10/ 19.5 Premium are both compatible with the current version of WordPress so that in itself makes upgrading a preferable choice as well as being an excellent practice to using the most recent variation of all plugins and styles given that this helps prevent incompatibility concerns.
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