Purely professional, feature-complete, and the ad-free WordPress SEO plugin. Secure, fast, automated, and white-hat SEO. Do less; get better results.
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. Clean, 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 instantly protected against prominent SEO attacks. The SEO Framework will also prefill all critical meta tags for you. A real time-saver. Ingenious.
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!
It respects your privacy.
For additional functionality, check out our free companion plugin Extension Manager. It provides numerous free and paid extensions, such as:
Visit our extensions overview page for more information.
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.
The SEO Framework works on many things without notifying you, because the best software is fast, nimble, responsive, and should save you precious time. Here are a few things it does behind the screens.
The SEO Framework supports:
In a few words: The SEO Framework allows search engines to do what they’ve been doing for the past 20 years via its preconfigured copyright settings.
When you activate The SEO Framework on any site, you automatically grant rights to content aggregators, among 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 your website’s region and language, 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 EU commission on copyright. These rulings may propagate its effects through regions outside the EU.
However, it would be best if you read up on our plugin setup guide to get the most out of The SEO Framework.
However, you may want to read up on our page improvement guide to learn how you can optimize your pages.
Optionally, also install our free Extension Manager plugin for additional SEO solutions.
Absolutely! It will stay free as well, without ads, tracking, bloat, or nags!
This plugin is slim yet all-inclusive. It’s 100% freeware, not crippleware.
No. We treat this plugin as a premium plugin already.
However, we do offer many free and paid extensions that help support this free plugin. We provide these via our free Extension Manager plugin.
SEO experts that use advanced tools such as Ahrefs, SEMrush, Screaming Frog, and Google Analytics prefer using The SEO Framework because it doesn’t try to do their job haphazardly.
To correctly analyze your website, it must be done from the outside. If we load these features on your site, bad robots will cause thousands of false positives that fill your database with useless information that doesn’t apply to search engines. We refrain from this because it won’t ever help you anyway.
Please visit the support forums and kindly tell us about it.
We’ll try to get back to you within a week. Typically, we reply within three days.
Any input is much appreciated, and everything will be considered.
Please visit the GitHub project page to submit issues or even pull requests.
Learn more about contributing.
We use different colors to convey messages. Red is an error that you must resolve. Yellow is a non-critical warning that you may want to address. Green is good. Blue is informational and situational. Gray is undefined or unprocessable.
Not having every single page listed is not an issue. Search engines love crawling WordPress because its structure is consistent and well known.
If a visitor can’t find a page, then why would a search engine? Don’t rely on your sitemap, but on your content and website’s usability.
The SEO Framework takes all publicly queryable posts, pages, and CPT and puts them in the sitemap.
If you don’t want a page in the sitemap, consider enabling the
noindex option for it. This option will also remove the page from search engine result pages.
If the link shouldn’t be in the sitemap because it’s meant for structural reasons, then inform the plugin or theme author that created them.
You should tell the author to check out the “
rewrite post type arguments.” The plugin or theme author should know what that means.
In the meantime, you can disable SEO for the unwanted entries via the “General SEO Settings” under “Exclusions.”
Google warns about the keyword stuffing approach implemented by some other SEO plugins. It forces users to write unnatural content, and it can have adverse effects on your site’s ranking.
Modern search engines use AI to understand the context of your articles. This means that as long as you write relevant content, you shouldn’t have to worry about keywords.
However, we implemented the same API Google uses to help you find appropriate synonyms and inflections for your keywords. This functionality is part of our premium suite of extensions.
The JSON-LD scripts are search engine helpers that tell search engines how to connect and index the site. We do this via the Schema.org standard.
They can tell the search engine if your site contains an internal search engine, which social sites you’re connected to, and what page structure you’re using. This is also referred to as structured data.
The SEO Framework does not provide the display of breadcrumbs. This is theme-territory. This plugin only annotates them for search engines via a JSON-LD script.
If you wish to display breadcrumbs, then your theme should provide this. Alternatively, there are other plugins that help you do this.
Before heading into 2021, we wanted to set free four bugs.
Pro tip: If you can no longer switch TSF’s settings tabs, try hitting ‘CMD+SHIFT+R’ (Mac) or ‘CTRL+SHIFT+R’ (Windows); these keyboard shortcuts will force-fetch the latest scripts from your server.
In this minor update, we ensured compatibility with PHP 8 and WP 5.6. TSF now also fully integrates with WordPress Core Sitemaps, which you can configure via the SEO settings. If you decide to keep using TSF’s optimized sitemap, you can now enjoy prerendering, DoS protection, and full Polylang integration. Lastly, you’ll find various accessibility improvements, and we fixed about a dozen bugs.
We included a single-line self-destructing notification about our Cyber Monday sale. We hope you’ll opt to support our continuous efforts. But we’re also kindly asking you to understand we must promote our premium extensions to make TSF possible. We are apprehensive about any embedded advertising and self-promotion in the plugin, so we must rely on notifications until a better system is available in WordPress.
In this major-minor update, we improved browser performance by up to 99% (not a typo) by exchanging over 300 jQuery calls for vanilla JS ones. We also added two new options for oEmbed, freed a dozen bugs that got stuck in the UI and generators, and improved accessibility.
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. – J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves
This update’s name is Grace, and for a good reason: the plugin listens to your inputs respectfully and does everything as you incline, as you would expect.
The SEO Framework’s response-and rendering times have substantially been reduced; everything’s much smoother and swifter since 5 years ago–back when it had fewer than 1 000 users.
At first glance, you probably won’t notice anything new after updating to 4.1. But, when you look closer, among 350 QOL changes, you’ll find improvements such as:
You’ll also find many obscure new features, such as:
You can find more than 340 other noteworthy changes in the detailed log.
TSF now stores some notices in your database, so they can be shown to you later, and sometimes even more than once. We call these “persistent notices”.
Persistent notices are awfully annoying. We know that. However, since plugin auto-updates are part of WordPress 5.5, we can no longer expect you to invoke an update manually.
These notices are used when we expect them to go unnoticed otherwise–they are conditional, and may only show up when all of these conditions are met:
If you find a notice reappearing indefinitely, you might have a stubborn caching plugin enabled. So, clear your site’s cache.
Core Sitemaps support
WordPress 5.5 brings new sitemaps. We added support for them, but we didn’t integrate with them. To explain briefly:
Regardless, we don’t believe the Core Sitemaps are beneficial for most WordPress sites. We stubbornly kept our sitemap simple; it’s easier for us to maintain and faster search engines to process. Search engines crawl your pages more quickly using TSF’s sitemap, no matter your website’s size.
Nevertheless, TSF will integrate with Core Sitemaps in a future update. Since we had fewer than two months to anticipate their integration, we couldn’t make this happen now.
Environment upgrade notes
WordPress 4.9 and 5.0 are no longer supported. Here’s why:
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Fast and steady wins the race.
The SEO Framework shows you how your site is performing, at a glance. These are what we call the SEO Bar.
Hover over, tap on, or focus any SEO Bar item and it will tell you what's asserted from your environment.
The SEO meta box is displayed on all pages. It's everything you need. Here you can see the pixel counters.
These SEO settings are shown on the term edit screen. It seamlessly blends into your WordPress interface.
The SEO settings page of The SEO Framework. Every setting is explained thoroughly. You're in full control.