Why we removed redirects from the advanced tab of Yoast SEO
Yes, we have prevented you from adding new 301 redirects in the advanced tab of the Yoast SEO meta box. And we have a couple of very good reasons for that.
As it was, it was virtually impossible to keep track of what post is redirected where. You’d have to open each post or visit each URL to find out. This was causing quite a mess over time.
Our Yoast SEO Premium customers, who have access to a far better redirects module, often ran into posts that were redirected while no redirect was set in the redirects module. Having to manage redirects in a couple of different locations really is undoable.
Checking for the set 301 redirect also requires us to do an extra query on every pageload. Which means we had to slow your website down a bit, just to check if there was a redirect set. Since speed is gaining importance as a ranking factor, we are constantly looking how we can further optimize our plu