How to replace Genesis SEO with WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin

It took me a while to find the answer to how to deactivate Genesis SEO and replace with WordPress SEO by Yoast. The answer is a simple one:

Just install WordPress SEO by Yoast.

That’s it. Genesis Framework has built in a check for WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin (amongst a number of others SEO plugins) and once identified Genesis SEO and it’s settings is deactivated essentially replacing the Genesis SEO tools with the new plugin.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

Yoast has a Genesis Theme Review in which they confirm:

As soon as you enable my WordPress SEO plugin, Genesis hides all of its SEO settings and lets WordPress SEO run the SEO show.

* Note: replacing the Genesis SEO tools with WordPress SEO by Yoast isn’t a judgement on the quality and effectiveness of Genesis SEO. It’s mostly an issue of portability for me. There is a syncing ability, but for me, and for a new installation, I prefer just sticking with the plugin I’m more familiar with.


To replace Genesis SEO with Yoast SEO Plugin simply install and activate the Yoast SEO Plugin. This will be detected and Genesis SEO will be deactivated.

Post written by Ed Reckers

Founder and lead web development consultant at Red Bridge Internet : San Francisco WordPress Developers and Consultants.

One Response to “How to replace Genesis SEO with WordPress SEO by Yoast Plugin”

  1. Emmanuel Ang

    Man, this by far the most useful article for me. The exact right answer I needed. Thank you for this!

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