Losing the All-in-One-SEO Plugin

Thesis Theme for WordPressWhen Thesis 1.7 was released I reviewed it and bemoaned the fact that I couldn’t make use of its SEO features and drop the All-in-One-SEO plugin.

The reason was because removing the All-in-One results in all the META tags on all the articles on the blog being removed as well. That would mean I’d have to go through all 270+ articles and manually re-set them.

But here’s why I love being part of the Thesis community: I learned how to copy the All-in-One tags, on every post, into the relevant fields in Thesis by means of a simple SQL query.

So, hey presto, another plugin bites the dust.  What a pleasure!

Here are the links to the relevant articles in case you want to do the same:

The article in the Thesis Answers section that provides the SQL query code (you’ll need to log in to DIYThemes before clicking the link):

The SQL query code.

The step by step process you need to follow:

The step-by-step process.

Instructions on how to run the SQL query:

How to run the SQL Query.

Not being able to use the Thesis SEO functions for post and page META tags on this site has been bugging me since 1.7 was released, for these reasons:

  1. I’m still on my drive to reduce the number of plugins I’m using
  2. Plugins add bloat to your site, increasing its foot print on your server and, in many cases, slowing down site load times
  3. The more plugins you have the more options there are for things to go wrong

That said, the All-in-One-SEO plugin has been a wonderful plugin and served me well. If you’re not running Thesis (or another theme that provides the same functionality) I’d say it’s a must-have.

But being able to remove it and reduce bloat, speed up site-load times and reduce the chances of things going wrong is too good an opportunity to pass!

I’m a happy bunny now 🙂


Martin Malden

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  • Eric Jul 1, 2010 @ 12:39

    Congratulations Martin!

    I know you have been contemplating this for some time. I am now using a couple of “WordPress Frameworks” in an effort to develop themes that require fewer plug-ins as well. But Thesis is certainly ahead of the game in this respect.


    • Martin Jul 1, 2010 @ 13:08

      Thanks Dude!

      Unfortunately when you were here I wasn’t able to show you the custom.css and custom_functions.php files. These (along with the stuff that’s available through the control panels) are where you really make Thesis sing with filters, hooks and complete freedom of styling.

      Next time..!