WooThemes once again showed that they are at the forefront of WordPress development today: they deprecated their WooFramework’s SEO functionality and recommend their users to switch to WordPress SEO by Yoast. I’ve worked closely with Matt Cohen, WooThemes CTO, to build an import functionality for WooThemes users straight into WordPress SEO.
I recently added statistics tracking to my two main plugins, and about 125,000 of you have already kindly agreed to send me some anonymous data. Because of that, I now know that WooThemes Canvas is actually one of the 10 most used themes and is used as a parent theme quite often as well, and their dozens of other themes are very, very popular, so this could mean a lot of new users for my SEO plugin. I welcome you all!
The WooSEO import functionality is very simple, activate the WordPress SEO plugin, go to SEO -> Import and you’ll see this:
You can check if the data has imported ok by opening up some posts and seeing if your WordPress SEO box contains the titles and meta descriptions you had entered in WooSEO. If it has imported ok, repeat the process above but check the “Delete the old data” checkbox, this will make sure your database is as clean as can be by deleting the old WooSEO values from the database.
Thank you to WooThemes!
By doing this, WooThemes is finally doing what I’ve been proposing theme companies do for ages now: stop trying to provide an SEO framework and focus on good code, great design and the functionality to change that design. That’s a step I thank & applaud them for and I fully hope other theme vendors will do the same. I’m open to working with everybody on building import functionality when they decide to take this step.
Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you’re a recent “convert” coming from WooSEO, I’d seriously love to hear that too!