How To Transfer SEO Settings From Thesis Theme To Yoast SEO Plugin?

transfer seo settings

Do you want to change the theme of your website? There are many things to do before changing your WordPress theme. You know that SEO is the main thing to think about. You should transfer SEO settings without losing the SEO of your website.

You can use the SEO data transporter but when you have the Thesis theme up to version 1.0 but it won’t be possible to use this plugin to transfer SEO settings if you have updated your theme. If the SEO data transporter has an option for the latest version in the updated version only then you can use this plugin.

Otherwise, you have to do it manually. Here, in this post, I am going to walk you through the simple yet informative process of transferring the SEO data from Thesis theme to Yoast SEO plugin.

Transfer SEO Settings When You Change The Theme.

We all know that currently, Thesis themes has the latest version above than 1.0 and no plugin support the SEO data transfer from Thesis to any other theme.

You may be thinking about using any other platform like Genesis or any other theme like BloggingLove theme then you have to transfer SEO settings.

Steps to transfer SEO settings are:-

Step 1:- Activate the Thesis Theme on your website and then install the Yoast SEO plugin. Don’t you worry about the SEO conflicts, it won’t affect your website.

Step 2:- In Thesis Themes, you would find the meta tags, meta description for every blog post. You have to transfer to the Yoast SEO plugin.

Click on the edit option for all the posts one by one and copy the meta tags and meta description from the Thesis Theme and paste it in the Yoast SEO.

seo data transfer

You may be thinking as it would be so hard to edit all the posts. But if you have updated the Thesis theme then it is the only option to transfer SEO settings.

Step 3:- This process can be followed for SEO data transfer from Thesis theme to any SEO plugin. In the Yoast SEO plugin, there is an extra option to add the focus keyword. You can choose that keyword from the meta keywords of the blog post to boost the SEO.

Follow the procedure and do it for all the blog posts and your SEO data transfer process would be successful. It would be great to have the new theme only if you face the problem with the Thesis platform or any other reasons.

Isn’t That So Easy To Transfer SEO Settings From Thesis Theme To Any SEO Plugin?

You know that SEO of your website is a major concern and when you change the theme then you shouldn’t lose the SEO data. If you don’t transfer SEO settings then your previous SEO of the website would disappear.

There are many SEO tips and tricks which can help you to reach your blog on the top. But all those things can be applied only after the proper theme changing process.

You can use a plugin to transfer SEO settings but in this case, you have to do all the things manually. Copy and paste the data from Thesis theme to Yoast SEO plugin and enjoy your new theme.

If you still face any problem then feel free to ask.

by Ravi Chahar

A WordPress Professional and the LinkedIn Influencer. A coder by passion and a blogger by choice. WordPress theme development is his forte. He is your WordPress guy who will teach you how to solve WordPress errors, WordPress security issues, design issues and what not.

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  1. Hi Ravi,

    You’ve always got such great tips and ideas for folks.

    Many people run Thesis Theme and it’s a great idea to transfer the SEO settings from Thesis to Yoast plugin.

    This will certainly help keep you on top of your SEO game.


    1. Hey Donna,

      I have been using Thesis Theme since last two years and now shifted to my new theme. So I had to transfer the SEO settings manually. People can use the SEO data transporter but it doesn’t support the latest version of Thesis.

      I hope the people who are seeking for the right way can read this article.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a great day.

  2. Thanks for sharing, Ravi.

    Honestly, I didn’t on Thesis theme, but it’s to learn what I don’t know.

    As what Donna said in above comment, many bloggers are using Thesis theme and they will be impressed by the article. Nevertheless, you’ll be on the top of SEO topic

    Keep going your great work.

    1. Hey Kimsea,

      Thesis platform is like the Genesis. But the only difference is that Thesis themes have their inbuilt SEO and you don’t need to use any SEO plugin. The theme will do the SEO.

      There are many HTML boxes to adjust the layout of the website. Basically, if you know a little bit of coding then you can customize the Thesis themes easily.

      When people switch to any other theme then they have to transfer the SEO data.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Have a nice day.

  3. That’s something great because most of the people uses either Thesis or Genesis Framework on their WordPress site.

    Transferring SEO settings using the way mentioned above is probably the best way to do the same.

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. Hey Prakhar,

      You can use the SEO transporter for the older versions of the Thesis framework. But if are running the latest version then you have to shift the SEO data manually.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Hi Ravi,
    Thanks for sharing Jugad 🙂
    I am struggling with this as my thesis version is latest.
    Now there’s one issue with your suggestion, when I activate yoast I can’t see meta tags that I added earlier. So only option I can see is deactivate yoast, copy paste all meta tags to a note pad & then activate yoast copy paste. Too time consuming for 200+ posts- please let me know if you have any other suggestion.

    1. Hey Hemant,

      When you install Yoast SEO plugin, you don’t get any place to add the meta tags because their algorithm is for a focus keyword. But if you still want to use your Thesis meta tags, you can enable this option from the Yoast’s settings. Just navigate to “Titles and metas” and enable it. You will see the box under focus keyword section.

  5. Hi Ravi,

    I’m happy to copy and paste the data across but it’s June 2017 and when Yoast is activated Thesis wont show the old SEO data (Title, Description etc).

    There’s also no longer any plugin that can transfer them across (anymore).

    So do you have any ideas on what to do now? Or how to also make Thesis Title, Description show when Yoast is activated

    1. Hey Lara,

      There is only one method now. You have to pick up your notebook to note the SEO details while activating the Thesis and then paste those into the Yoast SEO plugin.
      A little bit of manual work is required.

      1. Hi Ravi,

        I found a way!

        In case it helps anyone else, you can turn back ON the thesis SEO to easily copy and paste it.

        Go to /wp-content/themes/thesis/thesis.php

        $this->wpseo = defined(‘WPSEO_VERSION’) ? true : false;

        change to:
        $this->wpseo = false;
        //defined(‘WPSEO_VERSION’) ? true : false;

        This will SHOW both Yoast and Thesis SEO.
        Then just go back turn off the Thesis one / go back to the original file.
        Hope that helps 🙂

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