SEO | Choosing a Content Management System


Say goodbye to the days of Dreamweaver and CSS & HTML coding your web pages. Now-a-days, one can upload a content management system (CMS) to their server database …. and within minutes have a professional website.

When choosing your content management system, keep the following things in mind :

  • Avoid JavaScript, Flash, or JQuery based navigation menus.  Also make sure you can customize the text in your drop down menus.
  • Is your system capable of producing SEO-friendly URLs.
  • Does your CMS use 301 redirects.
  • Does your content management system  allow the ability to customize the text of  meta tag attributes?
  • Does your content management platform allow custom H1, H2, H3, Tags?
  • Does your CMS generate Mobile-Friendly Content / Responsive Design?
  • Does your website platform generate a XML Sitemap for page content, images and videos?

What is WordPress?

A free and open source tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.  WordPress is definitely the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management platform (or CMS).  27 million people use WordPress worldwide.  It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system.

Technical experience is not necessary when using the WordPress platform; it’s easy to get a website set up quickly.  It’s powerful enough for web developers or designers to efficiently build sites for clients; then, with minimal instruction, clients can take over the site management.

What is Drupal?

A free and open-source content management framework (CMF) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is used as a back-end system for News Publishing, Intranet/Corporate Websites, Educational Websites, Art, Music, Multimedia sites and government websites.

Drupal comes with options for multiple user accounts and user permissions.  It allows users to express their opinions, engage with one another, and publish directly to the website. With more than 20,000 available modules, the vast majority of your site’s requirements can be addressed with Drupal add-on modules.

Drupal is known for it’s taxonomy and ability to tag, categorize and organize complex web content.  It is used by sites that require complex data organization; for community platform sites and for online stores.  Drupal requires technical expertise.

What is Joomla?

Joomla is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets and a model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently. Less complex than Drupal, yet more complex than WordPress.  Orginally designed to perform as a community platform, with great social networking features.  Supports E-commerce, social networking and more.  Joomla allows for up to nine different types of user permissions.

After choosing your CMS Platform – move on to writing the website architecture..

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