Installation Guide for Yoast SEO Premium

Last update: 17 June, 2017

Thank you for purchasing Yoast SEO for WordPress Premium.

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Where to Download Premium

A download link is included in the email you received after the order was completed. When you click the download link, you will either be prompted to select a folder to save the zipped file or your browser will save the zip file automatically to your download folder. You will need to know where the file downloaded during the installation.

If you no longer have a copy of this email with your custom download link or if the link has expired, please retrieve a copy of the purchase email by entering your email address in the ‘License Retrieval’ section on the License Page. The ‘License Retrieval’ form sends a copy of every purchase associated with the email address.

File Downloads as a Folder, Not a Zip file

If you’re downloading one of our plugins and instead of a .zip file you get a folder, your computer is unzipping the archive immediately. The steps to change this behavior depend on the browser you use to download the file. After you change the behavior using the steps here, return to your email and download the plugin again.

Upgrade From Free Version

If you are upgrading from the free version, please update to the most recent version of the free plugin. Once you have the current free version, please deactivate the free version prior to upgrading to premium. After the upgrade, you can safely remove the free version as you no longer need it. When you remove the free version you may expect that all your SEO data and settings to be transferred to the premium.

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Installing the premium version is a little different than the free version because it’s a downloadable plugin and not one found in the free WordPress plugin repository. To install Yoast SEO for WordPress Premium, go to Plugins → Add New → Upload Plugin to browse for the zipped file and click Install Now.

Log in to your WordPress website. When you’re logged in, you will be in your ‘Dashboard’. On the left-hand side, you will see a menu. In that menu, click on ‘Plugins’.
If you are upgrading from the free version, please update to the current version and deactivate the plugin before installing premium.
The ‘Plugins’ settings will expand providing you additional options. Click on ‘Add New’.
Click the ‘Upload Plugin’ button near the top of the screen. Install the plugin through upload
Click the ‘Choose File’ button. Browse to the folder where you saved the plugin download and select the plugin zip file.Install plugin through upload - step 2
Click ‘Install Now’. This make take a while so be patient.
Click ‘Activate Plugin’.
Please follow the steps to activate your license.
If you are upgrading from the free version, you can safely remove the free plugin now. All previously entered Yoast SEO data and settings are now be available in the premium plugin.

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