If someone wants to create a WordPress site, it is very important for him to have an SEO plugin. This is because SEO plays an important task in making the site successful by pushing it towards the first pages on the Google Search results. There are many WordPress SEO plugins, and it becomes a lot harder for anyone to find the most effective one.
Over the years, there has been a debate on the most-used plugins as we mentioned in the title. The aim of this article is to give you the facts on which you can judge the best one.
When we base our judgments on these plugins, it is completely logical to look from the popularity angle. On the internet, people can gauge the popularity based on the number of downloads a special tool has received. It shows just how much it is good. This also applies in plugins.
According to the latest downloads, it is safe to say that the SEO Pack is better than the WordPress SEO. Because the former one has received a total amount of over seventeen million downloads while the latter one has nine million by April 2014. These are almost half the amount of downloads that SEO Pack has received.
It is important to note that SEO Pack was developed earlier than WordPress SEO. Therefore, by that virtue, it is bound to have received a lot of downloads. Thus, this would not be a fair way to which is better. The best to do so is by calculating the growth rate. It can show the amount of support and love each plugin is receiving.
In January 2013, SEO Pack had received 13, 315,144 downloads and WordPress SEO had 3,216,248. Thus by calculating the growth rate, WordPress SEO has an impressive 24% growth rate while the other one has a 37% growth rate.
|Features||All in One SEO||WordPress SEO by Yoast|
|Downloads in January 2013||13, 315,144||3,216,248|
These days, an application developer likes to know how the product is fairing in the market. It is essential when trying to make amends and also judge his level of creativity. It is possible with the provision of a rating system that allows people to rate the functionality of the product according to their view. Normally, the rating system is between 1 and 5, with the best rating being 5 and the worst being 1. Whenever a certain number of people rate a product, the average is calculated, and the rating determined.
As per now, SEO pack has received a rating of 3.9 out of five while WordPress SEO by Yoast has a 4.7 rating out of five.
After installing the two plugins on the WordPress admin, we have found that their interfaces and navigations are totally different.
AIO SEO Pack puts almost all the configurations into one setting page, with which you can modify the settings of URL, title, homepage, keyword, custom post type, Google search, noindex and many more without passing through multiple pages and tabs.
WordPress SEO by Yoast, however, offers a well-organized and systematic interface. Everything is properly categorized and located in the corresponding setting tab.
Better Option – According to our personal opinion and users’ feedback, the interface of the “Yoast one” is better. With it, you can point to your target setting immediately, but not browse and scroll down a long setting page to look for any configuration option.
Both of the two plugins generate a functional SEO box for each of your webpage and blog post. When you start editing, you can find the box located at the bottom of the page, requiring you to enter the focused keyword, SEO title and meta description basically.
Besides, both of them help you easily configure the meta robot settings and canonical URL settings. However, the Yoast plugin allows more settings such as sitemap and the 301 redirect. Even, this plugin has an exclusive Page Analysis function, telling you how to revise your keyword, meta description, post title and content to make the whole article search engine friendly.
Better Option – Although their SEO boxes work in a similar way, WordPress SEO plugin is the better option due to the feature-rich settings and the advanced add-on of page analysis.
Again, both of the two plugins allow the settings of social sharing, but each of them has some advantages and shortcomings.
To begin with, the Yoast plugin allows more sharing platforms as compared with the AIO one, adding the options of Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, MySpace and YouTube.
As for the detailed configurations, however, AIO plugin does a better job. For instance, you can configure the Facebook sharing concerning about the object type (blog, site, post), Facebook meta, publisher/author showcase and many more. If you do this with WordPress SEO, you are only allowed to set up the most basic settings including the featured image, title and description.
Better Option – If you only want to share your posts on the main social media, the AIO plugin is a better option. However, if you prefer to adopt multiple platforms, the other one is suitable for you.
As for the configurations of XML sitemap, you can get a good user experience with WordPress SEO if you only require the most basic functions, such as the max entries for each sitemap, the exclusion of post types and the exclusion of taxonomy.
However, if you need more advanced settings such as the priorities and changing frequencies for your sitemap, All In One SEO is worth trying.
Better Option – Of course the AIO SEO Pack does a better job due to its multiple options of sitemap configurations.
Import & Export
Both of the two plugins have the function to import and export all your SEO settings for the purpose of backup and migrations. Personally, we do not think there is any big difference between them with regard to this aspect. However, the Yoast plugin allows you to import using your old SEO plugins.
Better Option – Both are great for new websites, and WordPress SEO is better for old sites that have used some SEO plugins before.
The above-mentioned part discusses the main aspects for comparing the two plugins. Obviously, WordPress SEO one wins more games. Now, let’s move to their exclusive features so that you can choose between them based on your own needs.
Exclusive Features of WordPress SEO by Yoast
Besides the above-mentioned feature called Page Analysis, there are another six exclusive add-ons offered by this plugin.
- Breadcrumbs – This function works as a navigation aid, helping both search engines and readers have a better understanding of your website structure.
- Permalinks – You can find a lot of permalink settings that are missing from AIO SEO Pack. This exclusion helps you achieve a clean and SEO-friendly permalink structure.
- RSS – This function allows you to add words to your RSS automatically whenever your website is changed.
- Facebook Open Graph – This feature helps you add the meta tags for graphics when sharing posts on Facebook, adding much more attraction to your shared articles.
- 301 Redirection – This can be achieved easily with the SEO box of every webpage. You only need to enter the URL that your target page should redirect to; then everything can be done automatically.
- Bulk Editor – This editor allows you to change and edit the post title and meta description easily for better SEO.
Exclusive Features of All In One SEO Pack
The main feature that is exclusive to AIO plugin is the performance optimizer. Here, you can clearly check your system status including operating system, memory limit and usage, PHP version, script execute time and many more.
As for the enhancement of speed, you can raise your memory limit to the max allocation showed in the system status, raise the execution time for script running and disable the force rewrites caused by some third party themes and plugins.
In fact, there is another great feature called Video Sitemap. You can expect it for sometimes as it is coming soon.
All In One SEO Pack VS WordPress SEO by Yoast
Personally, we recommend WordPress SEO by Yoast as it wins more scores in this comparison. Also, it has more exclusions than All In One Pack. In this case, unless you really need some special features that can only be got by AIO, you can try the Yoast one without hesitation.