We’ve mentioned in previous posts how the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin is one of our favorites for WordPress sites.  It’s a handy tool that allows you to effectively analyze and optimize your site and page content for search engines. With the new 3.0 update though, the plugin has made a couple of UI changes that took us a minute to get used to and we’ve fielded some questions from clients as well. Most specifically we’ve focused on the snippet editor in the plugin that lets you edit individual page titles, urls, and meta-descriptions.

Under the previous version, the plugin would provide clearly editable fields in the snippet section.  You could click on the field and enter in whatever you liked, no problem, and the changes would reflect in the snippet preview.  But following the 3.0 update, there weren’t any fields, so it wasn’t immediately apparent where to make these changes.  After a little exploration, we discovered how to edit the meta fields, though the plugin looks a bit different.  So here’s what happened.

Essentially, the editor switched from fields to a less obvious, hover and click option.  So now when you want to edit your titles and descriptions in the plugin, you simply hover over whatever part of the snippet you are looking to edit, and a little pencil will appear. Here’s a screenshot of what that looks like.   

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.47.08 AM

Click on the pencil, and edit away.  Though it looks different, the plugin still allows you to edit and optimize your page however you like.

You can read more about the Yoast 3.0 update on their blog.

2016 SEO checklist