How To Transfer SEO Settings From WordPress Theme To Plugin

In my earlier posts I informed you that I’m breaking up with Thesis theme and migrating to Genesis theme. After using Thesis Theme for 4 years, I realised that it was a big mistake to rely on WordPress theme for SEO configuration. Thesis used to be a great theme, but lately it become a dying WordPress theme and especially with fewer support and no support for popular WordPress plugins like SEO by Yoast, I got no reason to stick to it.

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I will be moving ShoutMeLoud Theme to Genesis soon, for now I started moving my other WordPress sites to Genesis and for SEO, started using SEO by Yoast. One of the biggest challenge is to move all my SEO settings from Thesis theme to WordPress SEO by Yoast. I bumped into one simple plugin, which can migrate everything from your existing theme to another theme or plugin of your choice.

In this tutorial, I will share about the plugin, share about the process and also few important things that you need to take care of after migrating SEO settings.

SEO Data Transport : Transfer WordPress SEO Settings

SEO Data transport is a free plugin which is available in WordPress plugin repo (It has not been updated for long), but it still works perfectly fine. Using this plugin you can transfer SEO settings within many supported plugins and themes. At the time of writing, this plugin supports

Supported WordPress Themes:

  • Builder
  • Catalyst
  • Frugal
  • Genesis
  • Headway
  • Hybrid
  • Thesis (1.x & 2.x)
  • WooFramework

Supported WordPress plugins:

  • Add Meta Tags
  • All in One SEO
  • Greg’s High Performance SEO
  • Headspace2
  • Meta SEO Pack
  • Platinum SEO
  • SEO Ultimate
  • WordPress SEO

You can transfer SEO settings from any of the above plugin to theme or theme to plugin of your choice. This is useful for anyone who is changing their SEO plugin or changing their theme.

Piece of advice: Use a SEO plugin to manage your blog SEO Settings.

In my situation I was using an older version of Thesis (1.x), and all I had to do is migrate Thesis SEO settings to SEO by Yoast.  Here are the steps which I took to migrate my SEO settings:

  • Installed Genesis Theme and SEO by Yoast plugin on the blog. (Activate both)
  • Installed and activated SEO Data transporter plugin
  • Go to tools> SEO Data transport

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First click on Analyze which will show all the compatible records that will be migrated. If you see 0 (Zero) compatible records, that means there is no compatible data to be transferred.  In my case it showed the compatible data and clicking on Convert, migrated all those to SEO by Yoast plugin.

That’s the simple step you need to take to migrate SEO settings from one theme to another.

Important things to know:

  • This plugin will mostly transfer post Meta title, Meta description and Meta Keyword values.
  • Others settings like Home title, Home description, Noindex will not be migrated. So you need to configure it manually on new plugin.
  • Also after transferring the data, make sure to verify that the SEO data is transferred or not.

Overall SEO Data Transporter is a useful plugin for any WordPress blogger who is changing their theme (If relies on theme for SEO settings) or SEO Plugin.

If you are long stuck with your existing theme or plugin due to same reason as I stated above, it’s your time to make the big move. Don’t forget to share this post with others, as it might help them to learn about transferring SEO values from one plugin to another.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

14 thoughts on “How To Transfer SEO Settings From WordPress Theme To Plugin”

  1. I have been using SEO Data transport plugin for last 3 months, It works perfectly fine with my blog, Despite of the fact that it has not been updated by the creators. I do recommend this plugin for bloggers.

  2. Istiak Rayhan

    I’ve faced the same issue when I decided to move my blog from Thesis to Genesis. But I was not aware that I could do that by using a plugin. So I did it manually ๐Ÿ™

    I think it is always a good idea not to use the default SEO setting. I prefer using a SEO plugin like Yoast. However, thanks for sharing this useful plugin.

  3. Definitely, its common issue in wordpress to switch between different wordpress themes. mostly people do it manually and waste their lots of time. i’m also one of them.

    Thanks for sharing such valuable post…

  4. I never thought of using theme based seo as I know I’ll be switching themes frequently which I know is not at all recommended.
    Thanks for writing such a useful article.

  5. Bibrot Kumar

    Hi,Harsh i think your problem will be solve after using WP SEO Thesis Integrator premium plugin on your existing Thesis theme and you will able to install WordPress SEO by Yoast.

  6. Kawsar Ahmad

    Iโ€™ve faced the same issue when I decided to move my blog from Thesis to Genesis. But I was not aware that I could do that by using a plugin. So I did it manually ๐Ÿ™

    I think it is always a good idea not to use the default SEO setting. I prefer using a SEO plugin like Yoast. However, thanks for sharing this useful plugin.

  7. Hi Harsh!
    How Can I Verify/make sure that the SEO data was transferred or not afer applying all instructions?

    I installed it in my old Thesis 1.x version (TeoTrainer.com) and did all you said above (( Im so frustrated and beaten by Thesis.. uggg))

    The plugin has analyzed and converted 518 files correctly.

    So where do I find those MetaTags? Is this stored in my wdpress platform and when I uninstall Thesis 1.x and install Novelty theme (from TeslaThemes) I will have the option of importing once I install the All in One Seo Pack?

    Dont seem to get how do I finish the process and dont want to lose anything as you can imagine. I have 152 posts in total.

    I NEED to uninstall Thesis ASAP as soon as I solve this SEO issue.

    Please let me know ASAP, will you?

    P/s
    Is there any other critic issue I should solve or be aware, on migrating from Thesis to any simple Theme (in this case, Novelty from TeslaThemes.com) ?

    Thanks
    TEO,

  8. I have used this plugin to transfer SEO data from Yoast SEO to Genesis. Amazing work done quickly.

  9. Eric Van Buskirk

    Your promoting a very old plugin when there are many more updated. Just search “import plugin settings wordpress” or replace “plugin” with theme.

    What you’re recommending only works if someone happens to be using the most widely used themes.

  10. Muhammad Tabish

    Hi Harsh Brother,
    Fantastic Guidelines I have been using SEO Data transport plugin For Last 1 Month Bcoz I have New Blog, Thesis theme and you will able to install WordPress SEO by Yoast. Good Post Thanks For Tweet ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a Nice Day Ahead,

  11. Harsh – thank you for the post, it could be a life saver for me migrating from Thesis to Genesis. However I see that the Data Transporter no longer offers Thesis 2.0 support and hasn’t been updated in 2 years. When I clicked analyze after selecting Thesis 1.*, no records matched. Any suggestions. Would hate to migrate ~700 pages manually.

    1. @Ted
      In that case you need to use the SQL query to move SEO data from Thesis to Yoast SEO. Try to find someone who can do that for you.

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