Watch Out If You Are Using All In One SEO & Why I Use WordPress SEO
I assume most of the you are aware that All in One SEO Pack plugin will allow you to amend the title and meta description for every single post, and probably are already using it for all your WordPress sites. I have been using All in One SEO Pack plugin since I started using WordPress. After all, using a plugin in WordPress is the only way I know of to modify title and meta description of a post because I know nothing about amending the theme.
Just a week ago, all my sites hosted in my first server (shared hosting) were down for a day and I was informed that the culprit is found to be All In One SEO Pack the next day. We were advised to disable the plugin and install a caching module such as W3TC to prevent the same thing happen. After searching on Google for a while, I understand that I am not the only one who encountered the server issue that caused by All In One SEO Pack.
Eventually, I have decided to give WordPress SEO by Yoast a try after some research on Google and I’m happy with this powerful plugin so far. This plugin is very straight forward though I did face a little bit of difficulty to display my home page title and meta description initially. Here, I would like to run through some key points to switch from All In One SEO Pack to WordPress SEO plugin in case some of you would like to give it a try.
WordPress SEO by Yoast
1.Before you download and install WordPress SEO by Yoast to your blog, remember to update your WordPress to the latest version else it might cause some error due to incompatible issue.
2. After you have successfully activate the WordPress SEO by Yoast, you should be able to see your WordPress SEO at the side of the dashboard as shown in the screenshot below.
3. Next thing you would want to do is to import the data of your All In One SEO Pack plugin to WordPress SEO so that you don’t need to retype the title and meta description for all your existing posts. You can do so by clicking on Import & Export tab. If you previously have used Robots Meta and RSS footer by Yoast, you can also import the data for both of them since WordPress SEO also incorporate the functions of Robots Meta and RSS footer.
You can now deactivate and delete your All In One SEO Pack plugin because you have already successfully migrate the data to WordPress SEO.
4. After that, click on the Titles tab. In this section I didn’t modify the header.php template and all I do is to tick the “Force rewrites titles” box and let the plugin do the job. I recommend you to just tick the box if you know nothing about modifying the header.php template (trust me, it is a lot painful when the theme crash because of your modification).
I did face a little difficulty here as I mentioned in my post. If you still can’t see your title and meta description as per your update, you might need to check the Settings > Reading under your WordPress Dashboard. Make sure that Front page displays is set to either “Your Latest Post” or “A Static Page” if you prefer. For my case, it just didn’t set to either. Therefore, every time I check my title and meta description of my home page, it only displayed my latest post’s.
5. If you are using RSS Footer or would like to use RSS footer (which I recommend), you can click on the RSS and fill in the content you would like to display before or after each post. The benefit of doing this is to:
- Force people that “borrow” your content to acknowledge you by at least linking back to your post. It is hard to prevent thief now especially lots of them are using scrapper. By doing so, you can at least gain a backlink to your post every time someone steal your content. Else, of course you can file a DMCA against the thief or contact them to take down the content if you don’t mind …
- You an add in your desired anchored text so that each time you submit your RSS feed to RSS aggregator sites, you will gain an extra backlink to your desired URL with your anchored text on top of the post itself.
I haven’t tried out the rest of the features but at least for now it does the job to replace All In Once SEO Pack plugin. Other than that, I also install WP Super Cache as the caching module as suggested to speed up my blog and reduce the use of database resources.
Optimize On Page SEO With WordPress SEO Plugin
I have just recorded a video to show you how you can easily setup the meta title and meta description using WordPress SEO plugin.
Are you using WordPress SEO by Yoast? Any tips on other functions? Also, did you have any experience where the server down issue is caused by All in One SEO Pack Plugin? Love to hear your thoughts. Leave me a comment below!