Yoast SEO meta box is blank

Last update: 12 August, 2016

If the meta box is missing entirely, please see this article.

If the Yoast SEO meta box looks like this on your posts, pages or custom post types, you know there’s something wrong.

Possible causes

  1. JavaScript is disabled

    The Yoast SEO meta box relies on JavaScript to perform all its tasks. If JavaScript is disabled, Yoast SEO cannot function properly. Please follow the tutorial on enable-javascript.com to enable JavaScript in your browser. This should solve the problem.

  2. There is a JavaScript error

    Your browser is pretty sensitive for JavaScript errors. If any plugin is throwing a JavaScript error, your browser will stop executing JavaScript at all. This means that other plugins can stop Yoast SEO from working properly. Luckily your browser is very good in locating those problems. To learn how to check for JavaScript errors, read this article on kb.yoast.com.

  3. Avast is blocking Yoast SEO

    The antivirus software ‘Avast Antivirus’ has a feature called ‘Script scanning’. It is supposed to block malicious scripts, but has been reported to block important Yoast SEO files as well.
    To prevent this feature from blocking Yoast SEO, you can add your own URL to the ‘Script exclusions’. For more information, please refer to Avast’s FAQ at avast.com/faq.php.

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