Goodbye WordPress Plugin: All in One Webmaster
If you’re looking for the All in One Webmaster plugin for WordPress and can’t find it – you’ve come to the right place. Having previously recommended the All in One Webmaster for all WordPress sites, I’ve now realised that this has disappeared for some reason. There are rumours that the developer added a malicious link to the footer.
If you already have this plugin installed on any website, don’t panic – it should still be working as normal, but probably best to check your page source to see that the necessary codes are still on your site. To play it safe, I would aim to remove the All in Webmaster plugin, but first you’ll need to install alternatives…
So is there a single alternative plugin? I haven’t found one yet, but if you have, please leave a comment below!
The main functions that I have personally used the All in One Webmaster plugin for are:
- Google Webmaster Tools Verification
- Bing Webmaster Tools Verification
- Google Analytics Installation
- Header & Footer HTML Editor
- Automatic Sitemap URL Submission
I’ve had a quick review of the plugins available for these functions and the following are the best I’ve found (feel free to disagree/recommend others). In my opinion a plugin is good if it does what you want it to, is easy for non-developers to use, and saves time vs doing something manually – hence why the All in One Webmaster was a good ‘un!
Webmaster Tools Verification
Google Analytics for WordPress
Enjoy more advanced options with this pretty slick Google Analytics plugin. Not only does it allow you to install GA on your site very easily, it also has settings which allow you to track outbound links and downloads which you have the option to track as pageviews so no need to update the links manually. It’s worth noting that this plugin does use the asynchronous analytics code which is the most up-to-date version and highly recommended. Niiiice!
Header and Footer
If you used the options within All in One Webmaster to add HTML code to the headers and footers of pages then you might be interested in the simply-named Header and Footer plugin. Better than the All in One Webmaster plugin because it has separate entry boxes for the homepage, pages and posts rather than just the one for every page on the site.
Google XML Sitemaps
Ok so this does a lot more than the All in One Webmaster plugin did with regards to submitting your XML sitemap to Google, Bing and Ask but if you are just looking for the same function, the Google XML Sitemaps plugin has it. If the additional options just baffle you – simply scroll down to the ‘Location of your sitemap file’ and ensure it has the correct URL e.g. /sitemap.xml which the default ‘Automatic detection’ option should have already set up.
It’s really annoying that there is no longer one place to do all of these things so if you decide to develop a similar plugin to the All in One Webmaster – please do let me know!