Support » Plugin: Yoast SEO » Do Not Install! Irreparable Changes to WordPress After Install

  • Recently I got fed up with the constant notifications and the minimal impact Yoast was having on my SEO. I had used it for about 2 years and even paid for it. However, as I intended to build a customer login for users to my site I wanted to include some social profiles in the user registration. After some digging, I discovered that Yoast had added a huge number of social profiles for my users, but of course, they would not be compatible with the form I was building. So, I disabled Yoast to do some testing and to my surprise, they were still there. I did some digging and discovered that Yoast had made not just this, but numerous permanent changes to my Core WordPresss. I contacted their support team (I am still paying for support) and they sent me to API pages and other scripting references. Now, I’m sorry. There are two issues here:

    1. No plugin should make any changes to WordPress Core that are not easily undone by deactivating the plugin.

    2. If it does so, they should have their support teams disentangle the plugin from WordPress core not just for paying customers (like me) but for anyone. Instead they told me to find a developer to fix it! What the checking heck am I paying for support for then?

    Final note, I now give my money to The SEO Framework. This is already a vastly better plugin, and it already has had a dramatic improvement to my site’s SEO. I am ranking better a week later and traffic is substantially up after the switch. Yoast is not worth the money, and worse of all, it infects your site with irreparable changes.

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  • Plugin Support monbauza


    Hi @pixeo,

    Thanks for your comment.

    We’re sorry to hear you had a bad experience using the Yoast SEO plugin. We can imagine how frustrating this must have been if the response you received from our support team wasn’t the type of answer you expected. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

    We checked our support ticket system because we’d like to have another look at your case and see how we can improve both our plugin and support service. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find the relevant support ticket in our system. Even if you’ve switched to another SEO plugin, we’d really appreciate it if you could send an email to including your subscription number as well as a link to this review.

    That said, when you disable Yoast SEO, it’s expected that all functionalities provided by our plugin are also disabled and, therefore, don’t have any effect on your website. Reading your comment, it seems that you continued experiencing Yoast-related problems after disabling the plugin. This is unexpected behavior so we’d love to look further into the issues you described above.


    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by monbauza.
    Thread Starter pixeo



    Never opened a ticket because I figured the solution would be simple and others would want to know about it. Never imagined you’d need to open a ticket to remove a plugin. As indicated you’d have to hire a developer. At any rate, I’m done. SEO Framework is immeasurably better.

    Plugin Support monbauza


    Hi @pixeo,

    Thanks for sharing the link to the thread in the support forum. We’ve just replied to the thread with additional information in case it’s helpful to other users or to you (if you decide to switch back to Yoast SEO in the future).

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by monbauza.
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