Yoast SEO 20.0 update brings big changes

Released by Yoast, version 20.0 introduces major UI changes designed to make it easier to optimize a WordPress site.

New user interface

Yoast 20.0’s user interface puts an end to the old method of making users click on multiple tabs to access pages with numerous choices.

The new version of Yoast introduces a map-style interface.

The card UI does not require users to make selections like a tabbed UI does. It presents the information as a set of features that a user can turn on or off. It’s an easier and more intuitive way of doing things.

Each category has its own row of cards representing settings that can be toggled on or off.

The structure of the settings page is as follows:

set category

Card – card – card

Each card that is a setting has an image at the top, an explanation of the setting below the image, and at the footer of the card is the on/off switch and a “Learn More” link to a Yoast Website that explains this setting.

A Yoast settings card

Yoast SEO 20.0 update brings big changes

If a setting is disabled, the image will appear in grayscale (no color).

If the image has color, it means the setting is on.

A user can literally see at a glance which settings are on or off in any category simply by whether a card is a color or no color.

This is a macro view of the entire settings page, allowing the user to quickly understand the overview, which is not possible with the old tab-and-click-and-scroll method of navigating settings.

Yoast SEO 20.0 update brings big changes

Each card that corresponds to an individual setting includes a brief explanation of the setting.

A user also has the option, by clicking the “Learn more” button, to visit a webpage that explains the specific setting in detail.

The API Integrations settings page follows a similar card-style UI, which also makes it easy to see what integrations are possible, like integrating Yoast into the Elementor workflow and then enabling that integration.

Yoast API integration page

Yoast SEO 20.0 update brings big changes

I had the opportunity to install a preview of Yoast 20.0 on a test site and was impressed with the initial setup and the new user interface.

I’ve been practicing SEO for almost 25 years and this version of Yoast is the easiest to use SEO plugin I’ve used to date.

The new user interface is so well thought out that virtually anyone of any skill level can use it without having to read a manual. But if you need background information, that information is just a click away.

Thijs de Valk, CEO of Yoast, shared:

“I’m really proud of what the team has built in the Yoast SEO 20.0 release. …Our new user interface shows that we will continue to offer our users the best possible experience.”

I agree, Yoast SEO 20.0 is a big step forward, users will appreciate the changes.

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