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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.

Wordpress SEO by Yoast

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:

  1. 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 …
  2. 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.

Your Voice

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!

To Your Success,
Ming Jong Tey

32 Responses to “Watch Out If You Are Using All In One SEO & Why I Use WordPress SEO”
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  1. D. Dixon says:

    Same here. I’m looking at alternative hosting as a means of backup but it was that stupid All in One. I keep my plugins low and code the rest when I can find the snippets. It’s forcing me to get back into coding which is a good thing but Yoast just makes it so easy…I will never part with it!
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  2. D. Dixon says:

    I had the same thing happen to me when I used All in One SEO. It crashed my site and I went to Yoast. It’s just too heavy and intense and I find that Yoast is just cleaner, neater, more effective. I really love it. I try to keep my plugins low and code a bit more because it’s less taxing on the blog.
    Thanks
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  3. Gino says:

    Great information, I decided to try out the Yoast plugin and really like it better.

  4. Hey Ming, have to agree – WordPress SEO is the way to go.

    There’s more to it than just the SEO Title and Meta Description too…

    You’re about the fifth blogger I’ve seen having the same problem – All in One SEO is clearly prone to cause this kind of problem so it makes sense to use an alternative…
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  5. Hi Ming,
    I have been using All in One as well but I am also using several plugins that are created by Yoast. I have never had any problems with All In one that I am aware of though.

    I have bookmarked this page to help me with the plugin switch when I am ready to do so.

    Take Care…
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  6. Ming, I stopped by to check what you have on your blog post today.
    I will always read here. You are an interesting blogger who write the mind of your readers.
    Keep it up pal.
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  7. Curt Bizelli says:

    Every plugin has the capability to bring the site down occasionally. I’ve had it happen with several other plugins, but never all in one seo. I just contact my awesome hosting service: Hostgator and they get it straightened out for me. Thanks for the heads up though. Blessings my friend!
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  8. Richard says:

    oops, my last comment was for your other post that I just read. I skipped ahead…. As for WordPress SEO, I recently made the switch from all in one SEO as well. I like the way WordPress SEO works much better. It seems to have more options and generally does a better job of seo for my site.
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  9. Richard says:

    Congrats for the jump to pagerank 4. I generally get a big jump in activity on my site when my pagerank goes up. Often this results in more people privately contacting me and inviting me to participate in some program or to assist them in promoting or reviewing their product. This activity can be leveraged into revenue with the right strategy.
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  10. David Walker says:

    I wasn’t aware of any problems that people had. However, I have been having issues with a few things in the admin last few days so maybe it can be attributed to that? I’ve heard of Yoast’s plugin and just might give it a try now. Thanks! ~David Walker
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  11. tunukwa neal says:

    Hi Ming, love your blog – I always open your posts. I am a newbie and just finished a class with Ron Douglas where he recommended platinum seo pack. Are you familiar with that one?

    Thanks for the stimulating conversation…….

    Tunukwa

    • Ming Jong says:

      @tunukwa neal: Hi Tunukwa, thanks for stopping by :) I have used platinum seo pack for a while quite some time ago and if I recall correctly, the interface is similar to all in one seo. It will fulfill the role to fix up the title and meta description. However, I am not sure about if it will drain server resources.

      To me, I am very happy about Yoast, given that it combines several handy plugin for me and its analysis feature, which tells you how you can improve your OPSEO.
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  12. Jan says:

    Hi Ming,
    I changed from All-in-One to Yoast a long time back and use it on sites I set up for clients too. Yoast WordPress SEO plugin has so many benefits, it does the job of several plugins.

    The RSS feature is great, but also one that you didn’t mention – when you add posts or pages there is the section underneath when you are writing. It lets you choose an SEO title, complete your meta description, if you input your focus keyword it also provides a check list that you have used it in your title, description and content. Flick over to the analysis tab and it provides an overview of how you can improve your post – from keyword % to readability.

    It really is a “must have” plugin for WordPress, glad you found it!

    • Ming Jong says:

      @Jan: Hey Jan, it is a versatile plugin :) Thanks for pointing the feature. I noticed that it provides a check list about the title, description and keyword density but I can’t find the analysis tab.

      Now, I found the page analysis tab. Just have 1 word, WOH!!! Thanks so much to point this out. I never know there is such a “link” to analyze the page. Definitely agree WordPress SEO is a must have! Thanks for stopping by:)
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  13. MJ; I had server troubles about a week ago, tho it wasn’t caused by A I O seo pack as I’ve tried 3 or 4 times to install that plugin and it wouldn’t take. I only decided as I was reading your article, that it was probably not able to activate, because I was already using wp seo by yoast. I still don’t know what crashed the server, and my hosting co. never said what it was either. I called them to ask if their servers were down, they said no, had a tech look into it, and the next time I tried my site, it was just fine. Thanks M J for bringing that to our attention. talk soon rgcorros
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  14. Steven says:

    I try to edit RSS footer, previous and after post, but when I show my own RSS, it’s not changed
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  15. Ming,

    I have made the switchover to Yoast from ALL in one SEO also…for the same reasons. It is a good choice. Thanks for a great write up on this.
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  16. I never had server issues with All in One but I do find that Yoast is a much nicer plugin and it works better with other plugins so I have less conflicts or errors I think and thats a big deal with the number of websites I build on WordPress and the variety of plugins I use on them.
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  17. I know of many other bloggers who are knowledgeable in SEO who prefer WordPress SEO, Ming.

    Personally, I use Thesis theme on my blog that comes with all SEO functions I’ll ever need.

    Ana
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