View Full Version : Yoast SEO for Drupal coming in Sept.

Harold Mansfield
09-10-2015, 11:09 AM
I don't know much about Drupal or any of it's extensions, but I have been using Yoast products for my WordPress sites for years and I absolutely love them, as well as do my clients.

If he can build the same kind of products for Drupal with the success that he's had with WordPress, it should be interesting.

Today Im proud to announce the first step in Yoast SEO going cross-platform. Well release the first version of Yoast SEO for Drupal on September 23, 2015. This brings the core functionality of Yoast SEO to the users of Drupal 7. This core functionality includes management and optimization of content and meta data (like titles and meta descriptions).

Read more : https://yoast.com/yoast-seo-for-drupal/

09-10-2015, 11:58 AM
I've been using Yoast's plugins for WordPress for years as well. Like you, I'm not a Drupal user, but given what I know about Yoast, I think this will be a good thing for all the Drupal developers and site owners out there.

Brian Altenhofel
09-11-2015, 01:16 AM
Looking at the features of Yoast for Wordpress, I don't see anything that isn't already handled quite well by standard SEO modules in Drupal. Even the additional feature (https://yoast.com/wordpress/plugins/seo-premium/) with their premium version is something that is already considered standard (https://www.drupal.org/project/redirect) in any Drupal build.

Yoast also has a reputation for phoning home with metadata information about sites, though according to their changelog that was finally removed June 15, 2015 in the 2.2 release. With as much work as we do on .gov, .edu, and enterprise applications in Drupal, that would have been a complete block to installation for a large audience.

Yoast's audience on Drupal will be very green developers coming from a Wordpress-dominated environment without a mentor. That's a very small subset of users given the Drupal learning curve.


Brian Altenhofel
09-11-2015, 01:36 AM
By the way, this also means that Yoast must maintain two completely separate and very different codebases in an attempt to provide similar functionality. This illustrates another reason that it would be good for Wordpress to get onboard with and become a voting member of PHP-FIG (http://www.php-fig.org/) (or at the very least embrace standards). Wordpress doesn't want anything to do with interoperability (https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/23357).

If Wordpress did embrace interoperability, then the Yoast SEO plugin could more easily be re-implemented as a framework agnostic library so that only a little bit of glue code would be necessary for plugins/modules. It would be much more maintainable for the developers, and it would enable site builders to easily change platforms and be reasonably assured that they were getting the same featureset from Yoast SEO no matter what the underlying platform was.

09-11-2015, 04:18 AM
Love Yoast, although like you I'm not a Drupal user, I'm glad to see him expanding his business.


11-20-2015, 09:38 PM
LOL! @Brian, I love the Drupal learning curve!
Srsly, as a former Drupal admin user and "developer", it was so much fun, I loved building the 2 Drupal sites I did, however, I decided it was a developer playground, requiring way too much maintenance and moved to WordPress, advocating it now for all my small business clients, particularly with Yoast. You can't have WP without Yoast SEO.
Yoast would be a good plug-in for Drupal, despite already-available modules. Yoast on WP has been extremely easy on admins, and would add a benefit for non-dev administrators, removing at least some of the additional Drupal SEO dev, modules and maintenance.

Drupal works well for very specific projects, I think - those that require multiple administrators and may have large user-bases, such as recipe/cooking sites and content publication/news sites.

Brian makes very valid comments about WP interoperability. Cheers to Yoast!

Brian Altenhofel
11-21-2015, 12:38 AM
This is a good review that highlights some of the shortcomings of the Yoast module.

Yoast Drupal SEO Review. Drupal SEO Optimization 2015 (http://www.sooperthemes.com/drupal-blog/module-spotlight-3-yoast-drupal-seo)

Right now, though, it pretty much makes content editing impossible when using Firefox (https://www.drupal.org/project/issues/yoast_seo?text=firefox&status=Open&priorities=All&categories=All&version=All&component=All).

Harold Mansfield
11-21-2015, 12:21 PM
This is a good review that highlights some of the shortcomings of the Yoast module.

Yoast Drupal SEO Review. Drupal SEO Optimization 2015 (http://www.sooperthemes.com/drupal-blog/module-spotlight-3-yoast-drupal-seo)

Right now, though, it pretty much makes content editing impossible when using Firefox (https://www.drupal.org/project/issues/yoast_seo?text=firefox&status=Open&priorities=All&categories=All&version=All&component=All).

Cool thing about Yoast is that he wants community feedback to make the products better and he actually does implement many of the suggestions in the updates, as well as improvements created by the community.

You should submit some ideas for improvement.