All in One SEO and Yoast SEO Import and Export setting.

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As we continue our series on the All in One SEO Pack plugin, we will now show you how to import and export your All in One SEO settings. This can be helpful if you want to save your settings for later use, or if you want to import your settings into another website. First, we will show you how to activate the “Importer & Exporter” feature, then walk you through exporting and importing your All in One SEO Pack settings.

Activate the Importer & Exporter Feature

  1. Log into your WordPress Dashboard.
  2. Click All in One SEO then Feature Manager in the navigation menu.
  3. You will then see the Importer & Exporter feature listed, click the Activate button to enable it.

Export All in One SEO Settings

Now that you have activated the Importer & Exporter feature, we will show you how to export your All in One SEO settings.

  1. In your WordPress Dashboard, click All in One SEO then Importer & Exporter in the All in One SEO menu.
  2. Next to the Export Settings option, choose if you want to export your General SettingsPost Data or both.
  3. In the Export Post Types section choose which post types you want to export. The available options will differ based on your specific site setup.
  4. Once you have chosen your options click the Export button to dowload your All in One SEO Pack setings. The file will be titled “settings_aioseop.ini”.

Import All in One SEO Settings

  1. In your WordPress Dashboard, click All in One SEO then Importer & Exporter in the All in One SEO menu.
  2. Next to Import click the Choose File button.
  3. Choose the All in One SEO Pack settings file you want to import, then click the Open button.
  4. Click the Import button.You are finished when you see a message stating “All in One SEO Options Updated.

Congratulations, now you know how to import and export your All in One SEO settings!

Making a reusable Yoast SEO Export file

Let’s make a reusable settings file! First, pick a site and set it up as you would any site, applying all of your default SEO settings. Then you go to the Yoast SEO Import and Export page (Yoast SEO → Tools → Import and Export). On this page, you’ll find a couple of tabs:

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Click on Export for the first step. You’ve got an option on this tab to include taxonomy metadata but you can ignore that for this reusable file, as this would include specific category meta descriptions and so forth, not really something you wish to apply to every site. Click Export, if all goes well, this should create a notice that allows you to download a file called settings.zip:

Example of a notice on the Yoast SEO Export screen allowing you to download the export file

The secret of Yoast SEO Export files

The (not so secret) secret of Yoast SEO Export files is that the zip file contains a single file, called settings.ini. This .ini file is easily editable with any text editor and follows the standard PHP .ini file structure. It’ll look something like this:

settings.ini - the contents of a Yoast SEO Export file

Each set of options starts with the option name in brackets, like [wpseo] and [wpseo_permalinks] in the example above. The reason you’ll want to edit it is because you want it to be reusable. So you’ll want to remove any and all site specific data, like a company logo & name, verification strings for Bing, Google, Yandex, etc.

Once you’ve made your changes, simply save the file and zip it again. We force you to zip the file because most hosts will not allow the direct upload of .ini files for security reasons.

Import the Yoast SEO Export file

Now, on the site you want to apply these settings to, go to the Yoast SEO Import page (Yoast SEO → Tools → Import and Export, the first tab), select your new zip file and click Import settings. That’s it. Nothing more to it, you’ve easily applied all your default settings to your new site.

If you set up a lot of sites, this will save you valuable minutes every time you do so!

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