DreamHost expressly forbids the use of All in One Seo Pack, stating it is a “poorly written plugin” (words taken from their policy). A site/blog caught using it will be suspended, they say. Why is that? Is it really a bad plugin? Does it affect badly a server performance? Uses alot of CPU resources, memory hungry or anything like? I wonder also if the same applies to Platinum Seo Pack and other SEO plugins (is there any other which would be a better choice?). Tips are welcome. 😉
DreamHost is wrong, but it’s their servers, so they can do with it as they wish. I just wish they got their stories straight before lambasting a plugin. Kinda like, I could start lambasting them for being completely stingy about making their “shared service” complete suckage so you can pay more to get what is considered a decent package in today’s hosting needs. I could start, but I’d rather be helpful.
So here’s some advice: find a better host, one whose machines can withstand post-2004 server computing needs, because I CAN tell you that AIOSEOP works just fine on my host, as well as every host of every client that I have designed for. Nor have these hosts complained about any server issues arising from this plugin. So in this matter DreamHost is unique: as in, uniquely disingenuous in their treatment of this plugin.
Thank you for your response. Good to know you design sites and your experience with this plugin says it is ok. I’ll keep it then.
I didn’t register on DreamHost btw, because I didn’t like their policy. I did open this topic because that statement about the plugin in question was very harsh. It made me wonder why they say that and if SEO plugins could really be a bad thing for servers.
Definitly I won’t register on DreamHost. I won’t go for cheap hosts (BlueHost and HostGator included too), because their servers seem to be crowded (reading complaints over inernet) and their policies basicly say they can suspend your site anytime for any reason they can make up (I took time reading all their policies and I feel easy to say BlueHost, HostGator and specially DreamHost have tough and even absurd ones). So… I’m still looking for a new Host.
I’ve always recommended BlueHost to anyone who can realistically forecast that their traffic won’t hit 5K uniques a day. They have crowded servers but have awesome machines, and none of my Bluehosted clients ever really worry about CPU loads as their balancing is pretty tiptop shape. They do require that you do your due dilligence, for example if you’re gonna get Digged or slashdotted, of course they would want you to have caching enabled.
Good luck looking for a new host, it’s a tough world out there.
Actually, in general, I recommend against using it, or any other SEO plugin. Most of them do nothing helpful, many of them are actively harmful, and all of them are ultimately unnecessary. If you want good search engine results, modify your theme yourself and learn how the web works. It’s easier and faster in the long run.
FTR: I have not used DreamHost, and cannot comment on them. I have read the code for the AIO plugin, and my opinions are based on that and are entirely my own.
We’re also not using it anymore on our client websites. We had more trouble with the plugin than it saved us work.
Most of the function you can easily do in your template too. And come on, which search engine still uses META keywords in 2009?
Another reason to uninstall it were annoying things like the forced-reactivation after update and published versions were we wondered if the author tested the plugin at all (or at least made a diff of the changes) before he pushed out the new release. There should be more quality control for a plugin which is used by so many people.
While I don’t know the exact reason why Dreamhost forbids the plugin, from a “code quality” view the plugin is really a mess and a pain to customize it. But as long as its working for the users and has no security flaws, it seems a bit hard to to forbid it in the TOS. We also need to remember that the plugin is for free and not every plugin author is a PHP professional. So it is the resposibility of the community to make it better 🙂
@dynamite_d. I’d like to respond, as the plugin author is a friend of mine (though I am not a developer):
Another reason to uninstall it were annoying things like the forced-reactivation after update and published versions were we wondered if the author tested the plugin at all (or at least made a diff of the changes) before he pushed out the new release.
I wrote about the backstory to rhis in a blog post.
There should be more quality control for a plugin which is used by so many people
My only response to that is that in an open-source project, the users are the quality control. We try to work through as much of the issues that we can at the support forum.
We also need to remember that the plugin is for free and not every plugin author is a PHP professional.
Actually Michael IS a PHP pro. Bundling that clause so close to the first one is unfortunate proximity. I won’t assume any malice beyond that.
we got same problem with All in One Seo Pack and DreamHost, they simply removed plugin from site, now site is running without this plugin.
Everybody who has problems with All in One SEO Pack should try out wpSEO at http://wpseo.org
Clean code, fast execution and no problems at all, not with other plugins nor hosts.
As of V2.9.2 I tried at least four plugins for SEO that did not work at all. One installed and created runtime errors site wide, the other three just did not work.
I just tried wpSEO and it works great.
Well, I was hoping to use the SEO pack to eliminate a duplicate title tag issue that keeps turning up in my Google Webmaster Dashboard, but now I realize I can’t since my site is on Dreamhost. By the way, they have provided great service for me, and I have no complaints. However, I couldn’t get the Ask Apache password protect to work on my site either, and that was even after getting one of their tech support people to try to get it working as well. So, I guess I can’t use the all in one seo to resolve my duplicate title tag issue! As they say, back to the drawing board! 🙁
Hi ! All in One SEO is simply the best SEO plugin available right now and It fixes a lots of problems rapidly. So, my advice would be to Quit that host. If you are not using All in One SEO that means you are losing alot.
Check out this plugin:
I have been generally unhappy with DreamHost because of intermittent server problems, which they always attribute to my WordPress setup.
Currently, they say my scripts are getting killed b/c of too much RAM usage. They said the first thing I should do is to uninstall the All-in-one SEO plugin. (They also said excessive feed queries is another suspect, which I plan to post in another forum topic).
OTTO, you said these SEO plugins are unnecessary. If I uninstall this AIO SEO plugin, will my site take hit in search results? Should I replace it with something else? Does WP have SEO built into it now? BTW, I have no idea how to do manual SEO insertion coding for my articles.
Thanks for your help.
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