Choosing the right plugin to optimize a website is a dilemma that a lot of WordPress users eventually come across. The two most popular options are the Yoast SEO and the All in One SEO Pack.
Both plugins have all the basic functions which allow to properly optimize posts for SEO. Let’s focus on these plugins comparison – similarities and differences. Surely for different users, some function may seem more useful than another.
Common functions for Yoast SEO and All in One SEO Pack
- a possibility to generate a map of the website in XML format,
- managing content, subpages and media indexation,
- connection to Search Console, webmaster tools Bing and Yandex,
- option to add title tags and meta tags,
- managing meta tags on social media,
- editing robots. txt and htaccess files.
As we can see, both plugins have all the basic features, that are useful while optimizing a website.
Thanks to their application, we can easily edit meta tags or create a sitemap of a website that will help search engine robots index all its content. This is crucial for complex websites. In both plugins, editing title tags and meta tags is Extremely intuitive.
Features available only in Yoast SEO
- analysis of readability of posts, as well as suggestions,
- analysis of key phrases,
- possibility to edit the internal structure of links,
- configuration creator,
- a possibility to edit direct links.
Features available only in All in One SEO Pack
- blocking malicious robots,
- Advanced settings for authorship options,
- a possibility to connect to Google Analytics,
- managing website performance.
If we have an e-commerce store, this plugin can be a bull’s-eye. Moreover, we can easily monitor the website performance. Useful functions that you won’t find in the Yoast plugin are the integration with Google Analytics or avoiding internal duplication of content on the website. Worth mentioning is also the website performance management. On the other hand, there is no configuration of the breadcrumb navigation or even direct editing of links.
If we are not familiar with the subject of SEO, we can also regret the lack of content analysis.
Simplicity of use
Firstly, already in the general settings we can use a Simple and intuitive configuration creator that will help us customize the plugin to the profile of our website. Thanks to the analysis of the readability and the content of posts, we get useful tips on what else we can improve.
Green, orange and red circles, just like traffic lights inform us which elements of the content require improvement. The plugin will help us upgrade the content so that it is more readable for both readers and search engine robots.
Both plugins give us an instant preview of how our post will look in the search engine. And how is it with using the All in One? Unfortunately, if we don’t have any Knowledge about SEO, it can overwhelm us with the number of available options. We will also not know what to click if we are dealing with Schema. org tags or noindex settings, not to mention robots. txt files.
Of course, we can use some help or check the courses available online, but nevertheless this tool is recommended for more advanced users. If we have Knowledge about SEO, the number of options and settings can be a big plus. The optimization of posts itself is rather minimalistic.