Plugin Updates – Yoast SEO version 3.4 Adds Considerable Language Support

Yoast SEO Increases Language Support and Improves Accessibility

When it comes to SEO and WordPress the Yoast SEO plugin is potentially the best one there is. We have tried other SEO plugins in the past, and still use some depending on the site needs, but when your SEO really needs to count this is the plugin to turn to. With well over a million active installations the youst SEO plugin is being put through its paces to say the least.

On 7-19-2016 they released a considerable update to include a large amount of language support for those outside of English speaking areas. Many of the language features may not be pertinent to those whose blogs are based on English. But you may never now.

Even if the language features are not your cup of tea, then take a look at the number of accessibility features that have also come out with this release. There have also been several bug fixes as well. There is likely a little something for everyone.

Yoast SEO

  • Version: 3.4.0
  • Author: Team Yoast
  • Last Updated: 7-19-2016
  • Requires: 4.3+ or higher
  • Compatible up to: 4.6
  • Average 5-Star Rating: 4

3.4.0

Release Date: July 19th, 2016

  • Enhancements:
    • Adds readability checks for consecutive sentences beginning with the same word for the following languages:
      • English, German, French, Spanish.
    • Adds transition words check for German, French and Spanish.
    • Adds transliterations for the following languages:
      • Breton, Chamorro, Corsican, Kashubian, Welsh, Ewe
      • Estonian, Basque, Fulah, Fijian, Arpitan, Friulian
      • Frisian, Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Galician, Guarani
      • Swiss German, Haitian Creole, Hawaiian, Croatian
      • Georgian, Greenlandic, Kinyarwanda, Luxembourgish
      • Limburgish, Lingala, Lithuanian, Malagasy, Macedonian
      • Maori, Mirandese, Occitan, Oromo, Portuguese, Romansh Vallader
      • Aromanian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Albanian
      • Klingon (in Latin characters, not KLI PlqaD script yet)
      • Hungarian, Sardinian, Silesian, Tahitian, Venetian, Walloon
    • Improves the Russian transliteration.
    • Improves the feedback strings of content checks.
    • Adds a setting and a user option to disable the SEO analysis.
    • Adds the readability score to the post and term overview.
    • Disables the analysis marker buttons when switching from visual to text view in the editor.
    • Accessibility enhancements:
      • Improves the headings in the dashboard widget.
      • Improves the headings hierarchy on the following pages:
        • titles and metas
        • user profile
        • advanced settings
        • social settings
        • XML sitemap
        • general settings
      • Improves the headings hierarchy for dashboard alerts.
      • Improves the debug information headings.
      • Adds a legend for the title seperator on the titles and metas page.
      • Improves the intro text of the social tabs.
      • Improves consistency of buttons using WordPress styles.
      • Adds a background to the YoastSEO issue counter to improve readability.
      • Improves the focus style for the dismiss and restore buttons.
      • Improves the redirect attachment warnings style by using the native WordPress notices style.
      • Improves the links on the credit screen.
      • Improves the release video iframe by adding a title.
      • Improves the knowledge base results by making them focusable and operable with a keyboard.
      • Improves the admin bar menu items by making them focusable and operable with a keyboard.
      • Adds labels to the buttons of the knowledge base search for use with a screen reader.
      • Adds label to the search field in the knowledge base for screen readers.
      • Makes the knowledge base search button translatable.
      • Improves the semantics of the knowledge base results.
    • Improves the alignment of the icons in the metabox tab sections.
    • Improve code to be consistent with WordPress standards, props danielbachhuber.
  • Bugfixes:
    • Fixes a bug where non-ANSI characters would break the sitemap feature.
    • Fixes a bug where MS Edge would not display the traffic light image in the help center properly.
    • Fixes a bug where the style of the ‘open article’ button was overwritten and made unreadable.
    • Fixes the link of the FAQ that linked to a non-existing page.
    • Fixes a typo to make the KB search “Open” link translatable.
    • Reintroduces the text length check for taxonomies.
    • Fixes a bug where a 404 could be thrown when there was no locale set.
    • Fixes a bug where in certain cases a yoastmark would leave traces in the text, these are now removed.
    • Fixes a bug where the score bullet wouldn’t be shown on the frontend.
    • Fixes the generation of permalinks for new posts by ignoring the permalink sample and generating the permalink from the posttitle, props Robert Korulczyk.
    • Fixes getting the incorrect primary category when getting the permalink, props pawawat.