All in One SEO Pack vs Yoast’s WordPress SEO :
Clearly, both would make our lives easier. But which one is better?
WordPress, being one of the most popular platforms for blogging and content management, has a team of specialists that have already bother to cover the basics of search engine optimization. Nevertheless, when we need more options to customize, we resort to using plugins of various sorts to help us with our tasks. One could say that in this case, one of the contestants, namely Yoast’s WordPress plugin is the newcomer, while All in One SEO is the “old-and-gold” option, and even though it’s so, Yoast has a lot of features that could make it the favorite.
In interest of a fair review, we’ll start by examining each plugin by itself
Yoast’s WordPress SEO
The first thing the administrator notices after installing this plugin is the rather nice tour that the plugin offers. This allows someone who uses the plugin to familiarize themselves with the functionality at the first run, which is important to anyone with little or no technical background.
After the rather easy installation, a user can use the regular settings which are included in All in One SEO Pack – Meta description, tags and other regular SEO features. But the real highlight of Yoast’s plugin are several important features :
- Yoast has a widget in the Post Edit screen which will tell you how your posts look to search engine crawlers. Sometimes it’s easy to spot when you’re clearly lacking optimization because of that feature
- Yoast supports breadcrumbs – this is a user interface expert’s term, which is easiest to explain as a navigation trail. You’ve seen one in many sites, it looks somewhat like this “Home > Products > Calculators”
- Yoast has a diagnostic tool called Page Analysis , which will tell you what your common mistakes are regarding SEO on that page. This is invaluable for easy and fast on-page optimization.
Among the other features of Yoast are XML sitemaps and an ability to access and edit .htaccess and robots.txt from the admin panel. While that is a feature which is not really important at first glance, newbies in web site administration might find it more useful than connecting to the FTP server, downloading the file , editing it and uploading it again.
All In One SEO Pack :
The “old dog” in this competition is installed a tad bit easier than Yoast, and it’s configured from one single page. While this might be considered a minus for some, it’s rather intuitive and allows the administrator to edit everything at once. It supports canonical URLs, entering meta information or setting defaults , so that the description could be taken from the content itself.
Being easy to set up and use, the thing that might set people away from this plugin is probably the fact that it’s driven by ads, if you’re not using the proprietary, paid version. In that regard, some might decide to buy it , and enjoy tech support, while others, supporters of free software, might discard it.
Comparison and conclusion :
If it’s rather obvious that Yoast has more features, why use All In One SEO Pack anyway ? Obviously because feature count is not the only thing that matters , not only in this case , but with any piece of software. Some of the features of Yoast can be added with other plugins just as easily, but some people might like it if they come with this plugin. On the other hand, minimalist may prefer All In One SEO pack, because it provides the basics, in a way that’s easy to set up. The decision is up to you, but Yoast still remains the software with the higher feature count.