Yoast SEO 14.0.x; or “Why you should never bypass wpdb” • Yoast Developer Portal

Joost de Valk

Joost de Valk is the founder and Chief Product Officer of Yoast. He’s a digital marketer, developer and an Open Source fanatic.

Yoast SEO 14.0 was a release that needed quite a few patches so far. We’re sorry about that. In building Yoast SEO 14.0 we made a mistake: we bypassed wpdb. That caused issues and errors for some users when they tried to upgrade, which we’re very sorry about. This post explains the mistakes we made, and our reasoning. I hope it explains a bit of how this happens, and, for the developers among you, prevents you from making these same mistakes.

Let’s start with what we got right, which paves the way for an exciting future:

We started using a custom database table for our metadata. As posts tend to have a lot of SEO metadata, this sped up our frontend performance significantly.To access that data, we started using an ORM (which stands for Object Relation Mapper). Think of that…

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