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There are a couple of different reasons why you can’t see Yoast SEO updates. As said above: if you’re on an old version of WordPress, you will not see them. So update your WordPress first. If that’s not the case, please reinstall the plugin, simply delete it and install the latest version manually. That won’t delete any of your data, don’t worry.
So, if you’re on an old version of WordPress, go and update. Of course, before doing anything like updating plugins or WordPress, always make sure to test and back up your site!
As soon as a new WordPress update comes out, Yoast will only support that update and the prior update, and not versions before that. This means we’ll end our support for WordPress 4.9, which we’d kept alive for a little bit longer than usual to allow people to transition to WordPress 5.0 and the classic editor. I’d like to explain why we have this policy and why we’re deciding to go back to it.
At Yoast we pride ourselves in using the best tools available to build solutions for our users. With WordPress 5.2, the WordPress core team upped the minimum PHP requirement for WordPress from PHP 5.2 to PHP 5.6. We always want our software to work on the minimum requirements for WordPress, which means we could only use functionality from PHP 5.2 up until then.
While we think that sucks, we don’t really have any option for you other than to go to your website developer and explain them that this isn’t a state you want to stay in. You really should move to newer versions of WordPress. We will keep on supporting the Classic Editor for a few more years, so if they make it work with that, you’re good.
I don’t see any Yoast SEO updates.
When we say we don’t support an older version of WordPress it means we’ve stopped testing with it, and things are likely to break. It also means you won’t see Yoast SEO updates until you’ve updated your WordPress to a supported version.
By going back to our policy of only supporting the current and previous version, and thus only supporting WordPress 5.2 and 5.3, we allow ourselves to develop using PHP 5.6. Because we can use PHP 5.6 now, we can develop faster and more securely.
Building software for WordPress can be incredibly complex. We work in a world where there are always a couple of versions of WordPress around. Next to that, plugins can do almost anything (which they do), which also means they can interfere with each other. Every site has a different combination of plugins, leading to tens of thousands of different combinations.
Note: I know these version numbers and the fact that they’re so alike can become confusing. We’ve certainly had some confusion around that internally. I apologize for that in advance, but as you’ll understand, I can’t change these version numbers.
PHP is the language that most of the WordPress backend is built in. PHP 5.2 was released in 2006, while PHP 5.6 was released in 2014. As you can see, that’s 8 years apart, and 8 years is an incredibly long time on the internet.
For a small portion of sites, I know this leaves them in limbo, which we hate. If you have a custom WordPress solution, built with old versions of plugins like Advanced Custom Fields (ACF), you might be “stuck”. Even though ACF has done an incredibly good job of migrating to Gutenberg, that might not “save” you.
Joost de Valk is the founder and Chief Product Officer of Yoast. He’s an internet entrepreneur, who next to founding Yoast has invested in and advised several startups. His main expertise is open source software development and digital marketing.
My site doesn’t work with the classic editor.
Yes, I see script errors in wp-seo-post=scraper and it breaks the visual/text tabs on the classic editor and Yoast input won’t display in WordPress Post Edit. Fixes if deactivate yoast.
If all are updated and the issue still happens we are not able to reproduce this. We have Classic Editor v1.5 active and were able to add a media item such as a picture on a post. See images: https://pasteboard.co/IIuFp7b.png and https://pasteboard.co/IIuFErq.jpg.
I’ve got problems too. After I did update this morning, my site completely crashed. Whats wrong?
1. Can you confirm you are using the most recent Yoast SEO, v12.6? If you update, does the issue resolve?
the cursor gets reset to the last block I was editing in the page every time I pause… it’ll drive ya crazy.
@gror @sourceline @vencavev @moens If you are still experiencing the issue per the forum guidelines, we ask that you please create separate topics for the issues you are experiencing. That way it’s easier to track issues and provide assistance on your specific concerns on your specific site. Plus, you will get your own alerts for the issue rather than someone else’s. You may make a new topic here: https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/wordpress-seo/#new-post. Thanks!
Thanks for understanding!
I also get this weird issue.
editing the meta Description.
for me, this has happened with the classic editor.
after I updated to WordPress 5.3 media upload tab button become not responsive to click. the problem solved only when I disabled the Yoast SEO plugin.
@pcnador We would like some more information.
Yep, I’m having this very same problem.
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Updating to Yoast 12.5 seems to help with this. So it’s version 10 which causes this.
In that case, it sounds like a plugin or theme conflict. Please Check for conflicts.
I’ve fixed my issue. because I’ve excluded dist folder from my git deployment. The Yoast SEO has dist folder which contains js and needed for Yoast SEO premium 12.6.1.
If you didn’t find any conflicts or errors, we think the issue is specific to your site. We’d need to investigate further but are unable to do so on these forums. You can purchase Yoast SEO Premium and receive our Premium email support and we can help you further.