Words by David DarkeJune 22, 2016
The standard way of adding written content to WordPress is through the built in “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor. This can be fairly restrictive when handling either a lot of content, or even a mix of rich media. To get around this many developers employ a block building principle to their content management.
This grants the end user a lot of benefits:
Adding content to a site becomes far more intuitive when you construct a page row by row.
Even with the benefits there are a number of drawbacks. When using almost any page builder, the actual content is saved in custom fields and not in the standard WYSIWYG editor BUT built in functionality like generating excerpts and external plugins use the default input box as a source of content.
This becomes most frustrating when utilising an incredibly popular plugin like Yoast SEO. With well over 1 million active installations, it really does set the standard for optimising content for search engines inside WordPress.
So to get all of these blocks to be analysed, the source of content needs to be ‘tweaked’, this is our selected and tested plugin:
This is an independently created plugin has a frequent revision history that we’ve had fantastic results with. The plugin doesn’t really have any options, but does allow you to specify fields that would would like to skip.
This plugin will allow you to use ACF and Yoast SEO together and bring client confidence in the content they are writing.