WordPress community is ever growing and developers always strive to come out with a better solution. When it comes to SEO, two plugins that come my mind are: All In One SEO Pack and WordPress SEO by Yoast. Of course you’ll need only one from these two plugins for your WordPress based site.
I would always choose the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin because of the features that it comes packed with. Some of the options that really stand out of this plugin are:
- Import settings from WooThemes SEO framework, All-in-One SEO and Headspace2.
- Edit .htaccess, .robots.txt files directly.
- In-built Breadcrumbs support.
- Automatic snippet generation to see how your webpage could appear in search results.
- Easily add text and link to the footer or header of your RSS Feeds to prevent RSS scrapers.
- Social Integration.
- Clean up head section.
- XML Sitemap generation, no other plugin needed.
Because of all these features, this plugin is surely a powerhouse. So if you’ve made the decision to move away from All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO plugin, then you’ve come to the right place. It might seem to you that this process would require much time, but in reality, migrating is a piece of cake. You can import all of the settings from All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO plugin. Let’s take a look at how this can be done.
Importing from All In One SEO Pack
Simply follow the below steps carefully.
- Install WordPress SEO plugin. Go to your WordPress Admin > Plugins > Add New and search for “WordPress SEO”. Click on Install and then Activate the plugin.
- Now it’s time to ‘Disable’ All in One SEO pack. Go to Plugins and Deactivate this plugin.
- After installing the WordPress SEO plugin, you will get a new menu in your Admin area named as “SEO”. Go to SEO -> Import.
- From here, checkmark “Import from All-in-One-SEO” and then click on “Import” button.
- Wait for some time and you are done with the importing part.
The above procedure should import all the meta descriptions, meta keywords and titles that you entered into All In One SEO Pack. Do check out some of your posts and pages to confirm if everything is imported properly. If for some reason this process doesn’t work, then you can try out SEO Data Transporter plugin, which is also recommended by Joost de Valk, the developer of WordPress SEO plugin. This plugin allows you to transfer your SEO data from one theme/plugin to another.
Configuring the WordPress SEO Plugin
You need to take some more steps to properly configure the newly installed plugin.
- Verification: Go to SEO > Dashboard and enter the verification code from Google Webmaster tools, Bing and Alexa. You would also like to click on the “Start Tour” button to quickly learn about the use of this plugin.
- Titles & Metas: Set-up templates for titles and meta descriptions for homepage, posts, pages, taxonomies and other pages.
- Social: Configure Facebook OpenGraph and Twitter card from here.
- XML Sitemaps: Generate XML Sitemap from here. If you are using Google XML Sitemaps, then you can disable that plugin and start using this functionality instead.
- Internal Links: Enable Breadcrumbs from here.
- RSS: Add content to put before or after each post in the feed. This content will be displayed in the RSS Feeds and helps prevent RSS scrapers.
So that’s all you need to get started. Take a closer look at all of these options and spend some time to configure the WordPress SEO plugin. Happy migrating!
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