While Thesis 2.1 has drastically improved its interface and SEO features, there is a better tool to take care about SEO. Many of you have already heard of it:
WP SEO by Yoast plugin
- Extremely flexible
- Full featured (it handles even open graph meta tags and XML sitemaps, not talking about meta tag templates and some other tricky things)
- Easy to use (perfect interface and visual representation of what it looks like on Google search results)
- Built in page SEO analysis (useful advices for a beginner in SEO matters)
- Handles many things that you might not even know they need to be fixed
Hold on a second! If Thesis has built in SEO features, why should I consider using an extra plugin to control my SEO?
The answer is simple:
Thesis 2.1 has good SEO features, but they do not cover all you need. For example if you need to have a sitemap – you will still need a plugin for that. If you use custom post types, you will still need to find a solution to render meta tags properly on post type archive pages and so on. So if you do care about SEO you should give you a tool that will handle all levels of control. This tool is WP SEO plugin by Yoast.
Convinced? I am. But using Thesis 2.1 and WP SEO plugin together might be an issue for a beginner because of their incompatibility… You might find your site having doubled meta tags or not having the proper page titles. Here is where the WP SEO Integrator plugin joins the game.
WP SEO Integrator
- Perfectly integrates into Thesis 2.1 template system
- Removes redundant SEO features from Thesis theme so that WP SEO plugin can do its job properly
- Removes conflicts between Thesis theme and WP SEO plugin
- Helps WP SEO to detect Thesis post images and render open graph meta tags correctly
- Registers a box to display Yoast’s Breadcrumbs that can be used in Thesis skin editor drag and drop interface
As you see, using WP SEO Integrator plugin will save you tons of work to make the integration of WP SEO plugin possible and gives you the chance to use the both perfect tools : Thesis as a site framework, WP SEO as an SEO tool.
How to install and configure WP SEO Thesis Integrator plugin
Here is a video for you to see how easy is the installation and configuration process of this plugin. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.