How to migrate from The SEO Framework to Yoast SEO

Migrating from one to another SEO plugin can be stressful, as you may worry that you will lose valuable data. In this post, we explain how to migrate from the The SEO Framework plugin to Yoast SEO safely. Going through the steps described below will let you keep your SEO data such as keyphrases, meta descriptions, and SEO titles.

Migrating from The SEO Framework to Yoast SEO

To migrate from The SEO Framework to Yoast SEO follow these steps:

  1. Deactivate The SEO Framework.

     You can do that by going to the Plugins screen, and locating the plugin. Then, hover your mouse over it to reveal the options, and click Deactivate.

  2. Create a backup of your site.

    If you are not sure how to do this, take a look at the article – How to create a backup for your WordPress site.

  3. Go to the “Yoast SEO” menu item, and select “Tools”.

    The Tools screen will open.
    Screenshot of the "Tools" menu item.

  4. Click on the “Import and Export” link.

    The Import and Export settings will open.Screenshot of the Tools settings in Yoast SEO, highlighting the Import and Export link

  5. Select the “Import from other SEO plugins” tab.

    The tab options will be revealed.

  6. Since you should have already created the backup, move on to importing your data from The SEO Framework by clicking the Import button.

    The time it takes to do the import depends on the amount of data you have. Once the importing is done you will see a notification on the top of the screen.

  7. Go to a Post or Page and check if your data is imported.

    For example, check if your focus keyphrase is there. Also, click the Google Preview button and check if your SEO title and meta description are in order.

  8. Go through the “First-time configuration”

    Click the link in the step to go directly to the configuration and follow the steps there.

  9. Once you’ve checked that everything is working properly, click the “Clean” button.

     When the plugin cleans up the data, you will receive a notification on the top of the screen.

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