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Last updated by marcialB 1 year, 8 months ago.

Assigned support staff: Bruno.

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October 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm #2787842


Hi there

In Yoast SEO we defined templates for the meta description of some of our post types (in German).

We translated those strings to english with the string translation in the domain <<admin_texts_wpseo_titles>>. Example: <<[wpseo_titles]metadesc-post<< for normal posts.

The translations are marked as finished. However, they neither show up in the english backend when editing a post nor in the frontend.

Why isn't that working?

Thanks for your help.


October 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm #2791638


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Hello there,

Thank you for contacting us. Please, my sincere apologies for the delay in answering.

I noticed that you are using an older version of WPML. Please could you upgrade to the latest version and check if the problem persists?

Also, to translate the metadescription of Yoast SEO (within the posts / pages), please follow the steps below:

- Click on the WPML > Settings > Custom XML Configuration
- Insert these lines:

        <custom-field action="translate">_yoast_wpseo_metadesc</custom-field>

- Click on the Save button
- Go to the desired post and click on the "Update" button
- Click to translate the post and translate the meta description
- Click on the "Save & Close" button

If after following these steps the problem persists, I'll need to request temporary access (wp-admin and FTP) to your site - preferably to a test site where the problem has been replicated if possible - in order to be of better help.

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