Using Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin? It Replaces Others…

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Ever since blogging in WordPress, I’ve used to use the All in One SEO Pack. This has been considered to be the best plugin for SEO purposes that can be installed. However, recently I’ve switched to the Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin, which is more advanced.

Here are the main benefits of this plugin (from the Yoast site):

  • Post titles and meta descriptions
  • Robots Meta configuration
  • Canonical
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Permalink clean up
  • XML Sitemaps
  • RSS enhancements
  • Edit your robots.txt and .htaccess
  • Clean up head section

The major benefit that I have found is that the plugin actually does-away with other plugins you may have installed (maybe up to 4 or 5). It not only replaces the All in One SEO Pack, but also Google Sitemaps, any breadcrumbs code, RSS footer plugins and permalink redirects.

The great thing I’ve found it useful for is seeing how your search results will look in Google search. There’s a full description of how to install and setup this plugin over at wpbeginner. I reckon this is worth-while installing if only to get rid of a bunch of older plugins and let Yoast WordPress SEO do all the work and speed up your blog!

Do you use the All in One SEO Pack? Do you think you will switch to Yoast? Please leave your comment below…

9 thoughts on “Using Yoast WordPress SEO Plugin? It Replaces Others…”

  1. Harsh Agrawal

    I agree this plugin does the task of 4-5 plugins..But the no. of php call would be the same.. Is int it??

  2. Eric

    I’m actually looking for a plugin as powerful as All In One SEO pack. I’ll check YOAST and hopefully it’s the right plugin that I’m looking for. thanks!

  3. Andrew Kelsall

    Harsh → Hmm, to be honest I assumed that less plugins would equal more speed. I see what you mean about the php requests, though. When I started using the plugin and tested my site speed again, the load speed was a good second faster 🙂

    Eric → Be sure to use the data transporter plugin first (for your old SEO plugin data). The linked tutorial is great too!

    Thanks for commenting…

  4. Sergiu Naslau

    was looking for a plugin to handle my SEO load. I always take a second look on what there is on the market, it appears this has done me well.
    Thank you for the feedback!

  5. fash

    The only problem is with the canonical, because I add a forum with phpbb and link to my WP, but All in one put a canonical on each page of the forum !

  6. hupsey

    I have done the same as you and switched from AIO to Yoast wordpress seo.
    I have been pretty impressed by the Yoast WordPress SEO plugin, and when you can improve the load time by a good second its
    really a nobrainer. I gave used Robots meta and other plugins by Yoast, and always been satisfied.
    The next move for Yoast is maybe to include the analytics plugin into the WordPress seo?
    I also use the breadchumps feature witch I think is working fine..