All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO Migration

So you’ve made the decision and want to migrate from All In One SEO Pack to my WordPress SEO plugin. It seems some people are afraid of taking the big leap. It’s actually fairly easy although it will be partly manual work. You won’t have to rewrite the title or description for any of your posts though, you can import those.

All In One SEO Pack Import

The steps are simple:

  1. Install WordPress SEO (search for “WordPress SEO” in your backend and you should see it).
  2. Activate WordPress SEO.
  3. Disable All In One SEO pack.
  4. Go to SEO -> Import, you’ll see this:
    All In One SEO Pack Import
  5. Select the appropriate checkbox, probably “Import from All-in-One SEO” and click “Import”.
  6. You’re done (with the automated part).

This imports all the meta descriptions, meta keywords and titles that you entered into All In One SEO Pack. Should this, for any reason what so ever, not work, then you can use the brilliant SEO Data Transporter plugin. This plugin allows you to move SEO data back and forth between several theme platforms and plugins, so it would also allow you to migrate to WordPress SEO from other plugins like Ultimate SEO.

All In One SEO Pack’s data is in, now what?

So after you’ve done this, you might want to setup title template, under SEO -> Titles and enable the XML sitemaps, under SEO -> XML Sitemaps. You could also go through all the other options, which I know the plugin has a lot (too much) of. In the future my plugin will have a setup assistant, asking you questions about your site and basing SEO decisions of that, I’m currently developing the logic for that.

Why WordPress SEO beats All In One SEO Pack

Do I really need to tell you that? Features like the snippet preview, page analysis functionality and included XML sitemaps functionality make my plugin a true all in one SEO solution. Most importantly, my plugin helps you do better SEO. Good SEO means, in most cases, good content writing. My plugin aims at supporting you with that as best as possible.

Are you using Google XML Sitemaps?

If you’re using Google XML sitemaps or another XML sitemaps plugin, you can just disable that and enable the XML sitemaps feature in WordPress SEO. The location changes with that, Google XML Sitemaps uses example.com/sitemap.xml, which is a static file, you can safely remove that. The new XML sitemap will be at example.com/sitemap_index.xml.

Successfully migrated? Let me know!

I’d like to hear in the comments from people who have switched over from All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO as to what worked for them, what I could improve in the import process and what issues you might have had. If you have any tips for the process, please share them so everyone can benefit!

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55 Responses

  1. LesBy Les on 17 June, 2011

    I am just waiting for the Plugin to come out of “BETA” mode. Cannot risk any adverse effects at this point. I do prefer it over all other SEO Plugins.

    Your great Plugin is in the works for 3 new client sites though!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 17 June, 2011

      Planning to drop the beta soon, want to make sure the new XML sitemaps stuff is really working everywhere and then it’s done. I’d be happy to use it on a production site now though.

      • Joe RobisonBy Joe Robison on 17 June, 2011

        Hey Joost, any more plans to add an XML Video Sitemap functionality built in?

      • LesBy Les on 20 June, 2011

        This is good to hear Yoast. The sooner the better!

        As far as I am concerned a SEO plugin is by far the most important addition. Hence my reluctance to take any chances with an existing site.

        Dropth BETA tag and I am there.

  2. ZimbrulBy Zimbrul on 18 June, 2011

    The best SEO plugin and the most versatile. It does amazing things and it’s like a wonderful toy for a everyone using WordPress.
    The only issue I can see (as I said before) is that is not working with all themes. Not sure All In One does that either. Overall, the best plugin out there.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 June, 2011

      I’m trying to work around as many as these as possible but I’m not really willing to let the people that have a perfectly fine theme take a performance hit so it work everywhere (which is what other plugins do to make the titles work).

  3. Wayne AllenBy Wayne Allen on 18 June, 2011

    Brilliant plugin! The shift from All in One SEO was flawless, and I had to pry my hands away from fiddling.

  4. TraceBy Trace on 18 June, 2011

    All in One SEO needs to go the way of IE6 already. Has anyone ever been able to scroll down far enough past the ads to see what the plugin options are? I tried once but my hand got sore and I gave up.

  5. Sam@Fusiondiary.comBy Sam@Fusiondiary.com on 18 June, 2011

    I have tried it on my experimental site, it really works great. However, I am still not able to decide whether to let the Theme handle SEO (Catalyst & Thesis do) or use a plugin for SEO

  6. palPalaniBy palPalani on 18 June, 2011

    FYI: recently i converted my site(http://www.southdreamz.com/) using AIOSEO to WordPress Seo plugin and used this migration feature. in my case, i have ~4500 posts & running shared server, it went to 404 error page. then manually, i hard coded the Limit(each time 1000 posts) & then it works well. now, i’m happy with WordPress Seo.
    –0–

    After 2 weeks i’m checking in my google webmaster tools it shows the following issues:
    1) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate meta descriptions is 5,217
    2) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate title tags is 7,831

    when checking detail report:
    Some error has like this:
    /2009/08/vijay-antonys-new-talent-discovered.html/comment-page-1
    /2009/08/vijay-antonys-new-talent-discovered.html

    Some error has like this:
    /2010/12/aaranya-kaandam-to-hit-screens-in-jan.html/
    /2010/12/aaranya-kaandam-to-hit-screens-in-jan.html

    Some error has like this:
    /2010/07/anushka-doesnt-care-about-being-a-sex-worker.html/2
    /2010/07/anushka-doesnt-care-about-being-a-sex-worker.html

    Some error has like this(pages & custom post type doesn’t have .html extenstion):
    /south-indian-recipes/ethappazham-pachadi/
    /south-indian-recipes/ethappazham-pachadi
    –0–
    help me to resolve this Duplicate meta data issues.

    I’m using .html extension for posts & using Genesis theme.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 June, 2011

      On your WP SEO Dashboard it probably gives you a warning to get rid of comment pagination, which is issue #1. The / behind the URL is weird, do you have clean permalinks enabled? It might solve issues for you.

      • palPalaniBy palPalani on 24 June, 2011

        Issue #1: Yes, it is asked & i enabled that.
        Issue #2: i just enabled “clean permalinks”, then i received 500 error in custom post type contents(Admin & normal posts are works well). i checked 3 times, now disabled.

        Today report:
        1) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate meta descriptions 5,424
        2) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate title tags 8,615

        • palPalaniBy palPalani on 2 July, 2011

          Today report:
          1) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate meta descriptions 2,836
          2) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate title tags 5,527

          look like it is updating… thanks

          • palPalaniBy palPalani on 16 July, 2011

            Today report:
            1) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate meta descriptions 1,013
            2) HTML suggestions=>Duplicate title tags 2,978
            look like it is updating… thanks!!!

      • MarioBy Mario on 30 June, 2011

        I have the same problem, but i do not see the comment pagination warning in the wp seo dashboard. Plese help. Al my post and pages are duplicated because of the /

  7. Chris KiddBy Chris Kidd on 18 June, 2011

    Readers of this article should bear in mind that, if they elect to go BACK to AllInOneSEO, then all of their keywords will NOT be restored.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 June, 2011

      Why not? They should… Not that you need meta keywords, no search engine that matters has used them in the last 4 years.

      • PranjalBy Pranjal on 18 June, 2011

        Till now i was still in doubt about meta keywords, but just now i came to know the truth. Thanks.

        So, similarly the meta keywords for homepage aren’t useful?

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 20 June, 2011

          Nope, they’re not useful at all.

        • JohnBy John on 20 June, 2011

          They’re useful for your competitors to see what keywords you’re trying to rank for.

  8. scidoxBy scidox on 18 June, 2011

    i use platinum SEO (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/platinum-seo-pack/) it’s possible to migrate to WordPress SEO ?

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 June, 2011

      Yes using SEO Data Transporter you can migrate all your data and do the same as above!

  9. PranjalBy Pranjal on 18 June, 2011

    Hi, yes you can! all you have to do is download this plugin http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/seo-data-transporter/ and from inpost SEO fields choose Platinum SEO to WordPress SEO, analyze and convert!

  10. Scott HendisonBy Scott Hendison on 18 June, 2011

    The features this plugin offers have no comparison, and removing the beta label or not should have no bearing on whether or not to put it into production sites. We absolutely love level of control it offers and it’s been our plugin of choice for SEO for months now. We’ve had 1 person migrating sites off of AIOSEO all week, and my own tutorial for them looked a lot like this post. thanks for a great plugin…

  11. deartBy deart on 18 June, 2011

    Hello Yoast, we use Headspace2 and XML sitemap plugin, we can delete both using your plugin?
    thanks.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 18 June, 2011

      Yes, it takes care of basically everything those plugins do.

  12. Kevin TryeBy Kevin Trye on 19 June, 2011

    Used all the popular seo plugins, many running all in one. Have tried wordpress seo on several and it is amazing. No problems at all and all the tutorials, tips etc are incredible. Thank you Joost. The WordPress community owes you much. When tied in with my mainly studiopress themes, we’ll have the most optimised, google-friendly sites in town.

  13. JaccoBy Jacco on 19 June, 2011

    I switched over a while back and i must say that this really is alot easier to work with than All In One SEO Pack. And i really love the snippet preview part and Analyses. Really helps alot.

  14. Jeffrey FriendBy Jeffrey Friend on 19 June, 2011

    I’ve installed WordPress SEO into three sites we have in development, and I’m amazed at this plugin. I am done with All In One SEO forever! We’ll be migrating all of our clients sites over ASAP. Nice work!

  15. Dave DurbinBy Dave Durbin on 19 June, 2011

    I’ve implemented WP SEO on a few new sites and I think it’s amazing. We really want to move our main site to this for countless reasons. But I have some concerns. We already changed our permalink structure once. Will the plugin bring our 301′s with it?

    • LesBy Les on 20 June, 2011

      Dave: I may be totally off base here. But your 301s would be getting handled by a separate plugin. So moving from any other SEO plugin would not affect any 301s you have created.

      Yoast?

  16. heroBy hero on 20 June, 2011

    very nice information,,…so we just install one type …? i using all type i will try to optimize ..

  17. ArmawanBy Armawan on 20 June, 2011

    I’ve installed WordPress SEO plugin and migrate from ultimate SEO. It’s a great plugin. But an error massage appears when click “save setting icon”. A word like this: “You do not have sufficient permissions to access this page”. How do I solve this problem?

  18. Anil MohapatraBy Anil Mohapatra on 20 June, 2011

    Great and absolutely a must plugin for all wordpress users.It works like a breeze and has helped me to better write posts taking SEO into mind without much of a hassle.

  19. ShawnBy Shawn on 21 June, 2011

    I made the switch and there is no going back. Yoast SEO is much better than All In One. Just my opinion.

  20. Katinka HesselinkBy Katinka Hesselink on 21 June, 2011

    Well, since my current installs are working for me, I’m in no hurry to switch. Still I have no doubt that at some point I will ;) One question though: does it work on multi-site wordpress installs?

  21. LatiefBy Latief on 22 June, 2011

    I always crazy about WP Plugin especially that help my SEO. Sure I’ll try this plugin and see the result. Thanks.

  22. ImamBy Imam on 22 June, 2011

    I try this plugin for my site, at least I try at localhost first. So I migrated from All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO. I think this could be a great plugin, there’re a lot of features!
    I have a question for the Breadcrumbs Setting, SEO > Internal Links. I want to Enabled BreadCrumbs on the checkbox, but I have installed Yoast Breadcrumbs first before installed this WordPress SEO. So what I have to do for this Breadcrumbs Setting? Do I have to remove Yoast Breadcrumbs that I have installed?
    Thanks for the great plugin!

  23. Nirav ShahBy Nirav Shah on 22 June, 2011

    It would be nice if your plugin also validated that the blog post has at least one image and the proper alt tag (as it relates for the keyword being focused on) for the image. This also helps with SEO. Thanks!

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 22 June, 2011

      It already does that.

      • Mikael RieckBy Mikael Rieck on 28 June, 2011

        It doesn’t when I try. For some reason it doesn’t recognize that there are pictures at all.

        Regards,
        Mikael

        • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 28 June, 2011

          How are the images embedded?

          • Mikael RieckBy Mikael Rieck on 1 July, 2011

            Standard WP functionality.

  24. Katinka HesselinkBy Katinka Hesselink on 23 June, 2011

    Unfortunately the automatic addition of breadcrumbs to Thesis is not working for me. Tried it on two sites, both Thesis 1.8.1
    I managed to get them working through another route, but it would be nice if it worked automatically, as promised in the plugin.

  25. NettgründerBy Nettgründer on 23 June, 2011

    Any chance your plugin will be compatible with this plugin? http://nettgrunder.com/keywordwinner

  26. NiekBy Niek on 23 June, 2011

    I’m thinking about switching but last time I checked your plugin missed the possibility to manual add pages to the XML sitemap (I have a few pages which are not made by WordPress).

    Any plans of adding this function?

  27. MartynBy Martyn on 23 June, 2011

    Ive made the switch, ive lost all of my keywords for individual posts but that is probably because I had it setup incorrectly in All-in-one? I have spent a little time configuring this plugin and can see already that its awesome and will really help me get my site optimised efficiently. Thankyou Yoast!!

  28. Nicusor DumbravaBy Nicusor Dumbrava on 23 June, 2011

    In wordpress.org, the plugins “Stats” is shows the growth rate of plugins … ;)

    Just take into account… the percentage of downloads of the latest version in raport with the time passed since the last update!

    I’ll let you do the compare, this are the latest date from wp.org :)

    WordPress SEO by Yoast
    Downloads: 325,644
    Last version – 0.4.2 – has 42.3% of all downloads – in 2 1/2 weeks (18 days)

    All in One SEO Pack
    Downloads: 8,062,358
    Last version – 1.6.13.3 – has 8.4% of all downloads – in 4 1/2 months (130+ days)

    Such percentages showing the trend of active users.
    If a WP user makes updates sooner that means they site is important, perhaps is managed by an admin :)

    WordPress SEO plugin has already premium features and it’s still at the beginning, just comes out of beta, wich has been and is, more stable the many final version of other plugins.

    I think WordPress SEO has what it needs to be the BEST.
    Next, I will use it on a big project that I’m working on.

    Thanks Joost for your awesome plugin!

  29. Mikael RieckBy Mikael Rieck on 28 June, 2011

    It would be really cool if the plugin could handle Danish letters. As it is, it doesn’t recognize them.

    But other than that, the move from All-In-One to your plugin went easily.

    /Mikael

  30. HenriBy Henri on 30 June, 2011

    I’ve used both SEO plugins and reverted back to All in One SEO.

    I find it more basic – it does just what I need.

    Your plugin is too sophisticated with too many options, too bloated in a way and is aimed at SEO novices so they can do every SEO manipulation such as htaccess, redirect, etc using just your plugin.

    In a way, you hold their hands too much and myself I don’t like that. If I want to edit the htaccess file, I’ll go there and do it. I don’t need a plugin to do that. Same for robots.txt and so on. I don’t need hand-holding either to write a meta description or see how my article will look like in the SERP.

    In fact, on one blog, I don’t even use any SEO plugin. WordPress (or the theme) is good enough that the page title is already formatted with “article title | blog title” which is what I like and there is only one H1 per page. These are the most important consideration for me. Anything else is secondary and I can go where needed to do htaccess or robots.txt manipulations.

    But thanks for the hard work you have put in your plugin. I am sure many beginners will find it essential.

    • Joost de ValkBy Joost de Valk on 30 June, 2011

      to be honest Henri, even a lot of very experienced Pro’s find it essential. Mashable uses it, The Next Web uses it, all not without reason. Maybe you’ll come to understand it at some point, maybe you don’t, either is fine, of course, but it’s absolutely not just for novices.

  31. Craig CacchioliBy Craig Cacchioli on 6 July, 2011

    I like his plugin a lot. Many other SEO plugins are slow to adopt SEO best practices. In particular, meta keywords are still being used, which as previously mentioned, have not been used by search engines that matter for 4 years or more.

    I think that this is a valuable plugin for any website that wants simple application of SEO with the added option of utilising the many “advanced” features that it sports.

    I really like the way that Joost has put good explanation under most options to clarify the purpose of each option, which are very useful for those that have not come across certain SEO techniques.

    Good job Joost, thanks.

  32. Jon DiPietroBy Jon DiPietro on 15 July, 2011

    I just started a new website for a client yesterday and decided to try out Yoast instead of All In One, which I had been using for years. The main reason for this was that I had a need to noindex pages and found that it was convenient to do with WP SEO. After five minutes of using it I was blown away at the convenience features and comprehensiveness of the plugin.

    I just finished migrating my own blog from All In One to WP SEO and it went smoothly. Loving it.