How to Replace “All in One SEO Pack” with “WordPress SEO” by Yoast

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Years ago, I created a WordPress blog and chose the All in One SEO Pack plugin to handle my post title tags and meta descriptions. Later on, I learned of WordPress SEO by Yoast and used it on all of my other blogs. Yet this early site still had the other plugin installed, with lots of data.

Today, I replaced All in One SEO Pack with Yoast’s WordPress SEO, and kept all of my customized title tags and meta descriptions. Here’s how:

  1. Install WordPress SEO & activate it
  2. Backup your database. Specifically, wp_postmeta
  3. Run 2 sql commands:
    update wp_postmeta set meta_key='_yoast_wpseo_title' where meta_key='_aioseop_title';
    update wp_postmeta set meta_key='_yoast_wpseo_metadesc' where meta_key='_aioseop_description';
  4. Deactivate All in One SEO Pack
  5. Remove All in One SEO Pack

That’s it! Now you can use all of the other features in WordPress SEO by Yoast with all of the data you originally entered while running the All in One SEO Pack.

  • Tanya Martin
    Posted May 3, 2012 7:06 pm 0Likes

    Does this do something different then the Import from All-in-One SEO option in the import section of WordPress SEO?

  • Eric Nagel
    Posted May 4, 2012 10:34 am 0Likes

    Nope, probably not. I wasn’t aware that even existed until @Yoast pointed it out to me after this post was published.

    If anything, it gives you more experience on how WordPress stores meta data 🙂

  • Tanya Martin
    Posted May 4, 2012 2:48 pm 0Likes

    I have read some comments that the Yoast import fails sometimes and deletes all in one data in the process. Not sure that is true but a backup and this way may be safer. Maybe?

  • Trisha Lyn Fawver
    Posted June 1, 2012 5:13 am 0Likes

    Completely unrelated, but what share plugin do you use? I’m using a hodge podge of several on a few sites but I like the way yours looks 🙂

    • Eric Nagel
      Posted June 1, 2012 7:19 am 0Likes

      I didn’t find any I liked, so I built my own.

      I’m using a Thesis hook and the code provided by the social networks to make my social sharing buttons. Look through my posts on Thesis to see the code.

      • Trisha Lyn Fawver
        Posted June 1, 2012 4:24 pm 0Likes

        Bah! I guess that does me no good if I don’t use Thesis. Thanks anyway.

        More on subject, why use the Yoast plugin over All in One SEO? All in One is what I use now, so I’m curious.

  • Russ Turner
    Posted August 22, 2012 3:43 pm 0Likes

    Using the Yoast plugin is just like someone holding your hand and walking you through the process step by step.

    I cannot see how anyone can fail to achieve the maximum benefit from this plug in, Just Do As It Tells You On The Screen.

    For me this is the most valuable plug in I use.



  • Calin
    Posted January 28, 2013 5:00 pm 0Likes

    Hi all ! It was not relevant if there is a advantage to use Yoast over All in One Seo. I saw that a bigger blog than mine use Yoast and I would like to know how to estimate if it is better for me to change.

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