How to migrate from wpSEO to Yoast SEO

You landed on this page because you are probably about to migrate from wpSEO to Yoast SEO. First of all, thanks for choosing our plugin! Now, we created this post to make sure your transition to Yoast SEO goes well. In the steps below, we show you how to safely import your SEO data from your old plugin to Yoast SEO.

Migrating from wpSEO to Yoast SEO

To migrate safely from wpSEO to Yoast SEO, follow the steps below:

  1. Create a backup of your site

    Make sure you don’t lose any valuable data! Check How to create a backup for your WordPress site for instructions.

  2. In your WordPress backend, go to Plugins

    When you log in, click in the sidebar menu on Plugins. A screenshot of the WordPress Dashboard

  3. Deactivate wpSEO

    In the Plugins menu, find the wpSEO plugin and click Deactivate to disable it.A screenshot of the wpseo plugin, with a green box around Deactivate

  4. Install Yoast SEO

    Search for Yoast SEO in the Plugin repository or follow this guide to install Yoast SEO for WordPress.

  5. Go to the Yoast SEO menu and select Tools

    The Tools menu will open.A screenshot of the Yoast SEO menu, with the Tools in a bright green box

  6. Click on Import and Export

    The Import and Export settings will open.

  7. Select Import from other SEO plugins to import data

    You have already completed Step 1 by backing up your data.

  8. Import your data

    Select the wpSEO plugin in the drop-down menu and click on Import to migrate your data. It may take some time to import all the data: you will see a notification at the top of the screen when it is complete. A screenshot of the Import menu, with a green box around import

  9. Check that your data has been imported correctly

    All your focus keyphrases, SEO titles and descriptions should have migrated to the Yoast SEO plugin. You can check this by opening any of your Posts or Pages and checking if the focus keyphrase and search appearance are filled in.

  10. Go through the First-time configuration

    To make sure that Yoast SEO works correctly, run the First-time configuration in the Yoast SEO menu. You can also go here directly by clicking the link in Step 4 of the Import from other SEO plugins process.

  11. Clean up your remaining data

    After finishing the First-time configuration, select Step 5 of the Import from other SEO plugins process. This step will clean your old data: you will receive a notification when it is complete.
    A screenshot of the wpseo import menu, with a green box around the clean up button

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