The only feature-complete SEO plugin that follows the white-hat guidelines and rules imposed by WordPress and search engines.
Start using proven methods to optimize your website for SEO. Simple, dedicated, extensible, unrestricted, ad-free, and no strings attached.
To top it off, this is the fastest full-featured SEO plugin, and it blends right into your WordPress website, without leaving you in the dark.
It's easy to get started. Activate this plugin, and your site's already protected against prominent SEO attacks. The SEO Framework will also prefill all critical meta tags for you. A real time-saver. Ingenious.
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We poured over 16,000 hours into this plugin. Here are the results:
It is brilliant. The SEO Framework is an expert system for SEO. It is the only solution that can intelligently generate critical SEO meta tags in any language by reading your WordPress environment. This automation saves you a considerable amount of time that could be used to write more content or focus on other tasks. It also removes the need for advanced SEO knowledge.
It comes preconfigured. With The SEO Framework, we provide an excellent starting point for your website by rationally optimizing all your pages. Naturally, you can also tweak it however you like. If you're not an SEO expert, learn what you may wish to optimize in our Setup guide.
It helps you optimize your metadata. We made the only SEO plugin that follows Google's webmaster guidelines to the letter. It took years of research and tweaking to translate this well inside your WordPress interface. Finally, you can freely optimize your pages without having to worry about making critical mistakes.
It creates a beautiful overview. On your post overview pages, you'll find color-coded guidelines. They suggest you how to improve your pages as you hover over them with your mouse. For example, when your titles are unbranded or when WordPress blocks indexing. Instinctively, touch-and keyboard navigation is also supported.
It includes exceptional support. We don't outsource our support. We're here for you. Feel free to drop by our support forums at any time to ask a question. More than 1400 inquiries have been answered personally, typically within 48 hours in the past five years.
It leaves no room for errors. We focus on the quality of features you need over the quantity on features you don't. This trait makes this plugin unique, faster, more accurate, nearly bug-free, and more sustainable. The added benefit is that your site is unlikely to get penalized by search engines. We won't steer you into writing unnatural content or allow you to trick search engines.
It remains genuine and pure. We built The SEO Framework for small to large corporations and enterprises. The interface is entirely accessible and seamlessly integrates within your dashboard. Therefore, interacting with this plugin feels natural. It might feel dull, but your WordPress dashboard shouldn't be a billboard for our branding. We won't ever change this.
It improves search presence. The SEO Framework ranks your website distinctively by enabling breadcrumbs for Google Search, and by automatically generating titles and descriptions according to Google's guidelines. It also notifies Google, Bing, and all connected search networks automatically of your website's changes with its built-in sitemap.
It makes social sharing easy. The SEO Framework automatically supports and allows you to further tailor the Open Graph, Facebook, and Twitter Cards protocols. It helps your posts stand out when they're shared on various social networks, including Pinterest, Discord, and Whatsapp.
It feels more than accessible. We handpicked our color scheme so that people with any medically recognized color-vision deficiency can distinguish the guidelines set by search engines. We also implemented full keyboard-navigation and screen-reader support.
It protects you from mistakes. The SEO Framework steers you from making significant and common SEO mistakes. It leaves little room for you to mess up because the plugin already does everything SEO for you. For example, it automatically prevents duplicated content mistakes by enforcing strict canonical rules.
It follows best-practices and beyond. The biggest problems with WordPress plugins are security and compatibility. As part-time security researchers, we focus on making this plugin impenetrable. The SEO Framework also uses WordPress's API whenever possible, making this plugin integrate neatly with every other plugin written with that in mind.
It has developers at heart. We encourage other developers to enhance and add functionality to this plugin. We've done so ourselves, already, with our extensions. Check out our API, and feel free to contribute!
- Used another plugin? Easily migrate your SEO data.
- Need a helping hand getting started? Read our quick setup guide.
- Want to improve your pages? Learn how to optimize your metadata.
Do more with extensions
For additional functionality, check out our free companion plugin Extension Manager. It provides numerous free and paid extensions, such as:
- Focus guides you through the process of writing targeted content that ranks with focus keywords and synonyms.
- Articles enhances your published posts by automatically adding important Structured Data.
- Honeypot catches comment spammers through four lightweight yet powerful ways.
- Cord helps you connect your website to Google Analytics and Facebook Pixel.
- Local lets you set up important local business information for search engines to consume.
- AMP binds The SEO Framework to the AMP plugin for AMP supported articles and pages.
- Monitor keeps track of your website's SEO optimizations and statistics.
- Incognito hides all development-comments from The SEO Framework.
- Origin redirects attachment-page visitors back to the parent post.
- Title Fix makes sure your title output is as configured. Even if your theme is doing it wrong.
Visit our extensions overview page for more information.
Unbranded, free and for the professionals
The SEO Framework is a uniquely white label plugin that blends seamlessly into your WordPress dashboard. This means that we don't even put the name "The SEO Framework" anywhere within your WordPress interface. No ads, no nags. Nobody has to know about the tools you've used to create your website. Note that we output standardized development-comments distinguishing the plugin output in source code. You can remove these with our free Incognito extension.
Behind the screens
The SEO Framework works on many things without notifying you, because the best software should save you precious time. Here are a few things it does behind the screens.
- It prevents canonical errors for categories, pages, subdomains, and WordPress Multisite domain mapping.
- It stops SEO attacks that are caused by pagination exploits in WordPress by telling the search engine to look at the existing last page instead.
- It discourages 404 pages and empty categories from being indexed, even when they don't send a 404 response.
- It automatically notifies Google and the Bing network on website updates when sitemaps are enabled.
- It discourages search engines from indexing feeds and the sitemap. This doesn't mean they won't use them, they only won't show them in their search results.
- It directs search engines from the comment pages back to the post storing those comments.
The SEO Framework supports:
- PHP 5.6 and higher.
- WordPress 4.9 and higher.
- Internationalization through WordPress.org.
- UTF-8 character recognition and rendering, including Emoji and CJK.
- Right to Left (RTL) languages, through its interface and generation.
- Extended color-vision deficiency accessibility.
- Better screen-reader accessibility via ARIA labels and title attributes.
- Full keyboard navigation.
- WordPress Multisite setups, this plugin is in fact built upon one.
- Detection and output of robots.txt and sitemap.xml files.
- Output of structured data via Schema.org JSON-LD scripts.
- Altering oEmbed for improved sharing on Discord.
- Detection of various other SEO tools to help you switch graciously.
- Translation plugins like WPML, Polylang, WPGlobus, and MultilingualPress.
- E-commerce plugins, like WooCommerce and EDD.
Copyright legislation notice
In a few words: The SEO Framework allows search engines to do what they've been doing for the past 20 years.
When you activate The SEO Framework on any site, you automatically grant rights to content aggregators, among which are Google, Bing, and Yandex, to obtain and use information from the site, including written work, images, audio, and video. You can control these rights via the robots-meta settings brought by this plugin. Your rights and the effectiveness of these settings are subject to the region and language of your website, and the physical or virtual origin of the platform and their potential users through which your website's information is obtained and shared. It is up to the aggregator to honor your rights and the requests brought via The SEO Framework.
If you wish to learn more, please refer to the website of the EU commission on copyright. These rulings may propagate its effects through regions outside the EU.
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This follow-up update to 4.0.6 addresses an issue where the WooCommerce shop page was seen as an actual archive mistakenly. For that page, this issue caused your post-edit input, among other SEO data, to no longer be honored.
In this update, we addressed a few issues our amazing users helped investigate. With that, we implemented better bbPress title support, and fixed a bug regarding WooCommerce and term-ID collisions.
We also increased the entropy for generating object caching keys, addressed some translation and RTL errors, and added a few new filters.
In WordPress, we found various query endpoints that can be malformed to create broken pages. Backlinks to these pages can harm your site's ranking. In this update, we added advanced query protection, which you can enable via the robots meta settings.
The "Connected Social Pages" input fields will now disappear when you empty them. They have never proven to work, and Google has deprecated them. We also removed the transient caching for JSON-LD scripts, as it wasn't helping anyone.
On the other hand, we added a new feed indexing option, Discord sharing options (oEmbed, theme color), and the aforementioned advanced query protection option. Support for EDD and Polylang has been expanded, and we reintroduced the hyphen option for titles (which is the new default).
In this update, we bring a few other quality-of-life changes, as well. We added a dozen new filters, touched up the interface, streamlined the query handler, and fixed known corner-case issues and bugs.
WordPress 5.3 has a bug where the timezone set in PHP is taken into account when creating permalinks. Since this bug can cause canonical URLs with dates to point to a nonexistent page, we're sending out this patch where TSF sets the timezone to flat UTC for its front-end generation.
The proper fix in WordPress 5.3.1 is due in about three weeks from now, after which we'll consider reverting these changes.
Google Search has a new bug in their parser, which causes pages to be deindexed unintentionally when a specific combination of robots-settings are used. To work around this bug, we changed how the recently introduced copyright directive settings work.
For more information, see our KB entry on why the Maximum Image Preview Size setting may now be ignored.
We also fixed three bugs and added minor improvements.
France recently amended its copyright laws. In short, in France, it's now forbidden for content aggregators to display excerpts and previews of your content when no consent is given.
To accommodate those laws, Google will soon look for new directives, and we added new site-wide options to output those. These new options are disabled (unspecified) by default when you update The SEO Framework, but they are enabled (some access) by default when you install The SEO Framework on a new site. Please see this issue for our take on this.
In this update, we also fixed a few bugs and added various improvements.
In this minor update, we bring you the most advanced description generation yet. The generator is now context-sensitive, so you can expect the descriptions to be even more natural; a real time-saver!
Oh, we also fixed some bugs, and we've implemented some improvements in preparation for version 3.3.0.
This minor update fixes some old, leftover bugs. We've also removed the sitemap pinging options for Yandex, as they no longer allow this.
This minor update brings major bug fixes. Most notoriously, the home page settings now predict the metadata perfectly in the admin screens. Bloggers will love this update, too, because Facebook and Twitter metadata for the home blog page is now always correct.
For developers, please note that the upcoming major release (3.3.0) will introduce new taxonomical settings. Because the image-rendering integration isn't suited for this, it'll be overhauled. For more information, see this issue.
Also, for developers, note that some API changes better suited for a major release were also brought into this minor release; these were required to fix some bugs.
This update brings improved compatibility with WooCommerce, adds a few filters, and fixes various logic issues.
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A highly recommended update that fixes "Home Page as Blog" query issues.
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In the 2.8.0 update WordPress 4.3 and PHP 5.2 support have been dropped for better code quality.
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