How can I update my (premium) plugin?

If you have the free plugin, please see this article instead.
If you have the premium plugin be sure to create a My Yoast account. You will need to add your site and then connect your plugin subscription to it. Please see this Quick Start Guide instead.

For the health and safety of your site, we recommend creating regular backups of your site and database. This is especially important before installing, updating or removing plugins. Learn more about the benefits of regular backups here.

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How to update a Yoast plugin using the Updates Dashboard

Updating via the updates admin is the quickest way to update all plugins and themes in just a few clicks. We recommending backing up your site before running updates.

  • Log in to your WordPress website.
    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.
  • Click on ' Updates'
    WordPress Dashboard Home
  • Add a checkmark for each available Yoast plugin update.
    On this page, you will see all of the items that your site has identified as needing updated. Scroll down to the Plugins section and put a checkmark next to the Yoast plugins.
  • Click ‘Update Plugins’
    plugins admin screen

How to update a Yoast plugin using the Plugins Overview

We recommending backing up your site before running updates.

  1. Log in to your WordPress website.

    When you're logged in, you will be in your 'Dashboard'.

  2. Click on 'Plugins'.

    On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, you may see a number next to 'Plugins' in the menu. This indicates the number of updates that are available for your plugins. If you see a number, click on 'Plugins'.

  3. Click 'Update now' for the Yoast plugin.

    Review the plugin list and look for the plugin update notification. Click 'update now' to begin the update process.

  4. Repeat for every plugin with an update notification.

The information below is written for advanced users.

How to manually update a Yoast plugin using FTP

The following information is written for advanced users and developers.

If your WordPress admin doesn't show the available update (which might happen due to a failure to communicate with a WordPress server) or if the automatic update doesn't work, you may want to manually update your free plugin by using File Transfer Protocol (FTP) or preferably the secure version, Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

To manually update the plugin, you must have:

  • Your FTP or SFTP login information
    If you do not have this information, please contact your host provider and obtain your host (or IP address), Username, Password, and Port number.
  • An FTP or SFTP program
    We use and recommend FileZilla but any FTP or SFTP program should work, including file managers provided by most web hosts.

Now that you have the required stuff, a manual update consists of downloading, unzipping and uploading the plugin files. We recommending backing up your site before running updates.

  • Go to your My Yoast portal.
    Log in, if needed.
  • Click on 'Downloads'.
    Downloads is located in the sidebar (desktop) or bottom (mobile).
  • Download the plugin zip to your computer.
  • Extract the downloaded .zip file.
  • Upload the extracted files to your plugins folder
    Upload the extracted plugin folder to the wp-content/plugins folder in your WordPress directory online. The name of the extracted plugin folder should be equal to the name of the existing plugin-folder online.
    NOTE: Make sure you overwrite the existing plugin-files.

Can I update the plugin on a Staging or Development Site?

To update the plugin please add your site in your My Yoast and switch the subscriptions. This guide explains more: Switching From Development Server to Live Server

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