You know you want a website, you have performed your research on various solutions and have looked into a CMS solution. Now the question of SEO is rearing its head and you’re left stumped. With a number of CMS options out there how do you decide which is the best?. Working as a web design company in Yorkshire we have experience of a number of CMS implementations and the SEO benefits associated with them.
CMS or content management systems are increasingly becoming the most popular way of building a website. With the growing popularity of WordPress which has made the transition from blogging tool to CMS, the days of opening up your asp or html programming books are quickly disappearing. However WordPress is the new kid on the block. Older more established CMS solutions such as Joomla, Mambo and Drupal have been dominating the opensource CMS market for a few years now. But the question still remains which is best for SEO?. What your first need to consider is your sites purpose and your skill level.
For optimum Search engine optimisation you need to have a CMS that maps to your requirements in a website and your ability (and patience!) to implement the solution. For a small blog/site that is based on provision of information, WordPress wins hands down. The built in SEO add-ons within WordPress or simple to deploy and can be performed in a matter of minutes by a newbie following simple to follow forum tips. Joomla is a little more complex in it’s SEO implementation. Very often newcomers to Joomla (suing the built in SEO functionality) leave global meta tags and keywords on the configuration which are applied to all pages (and even components) that have not had individual meta data populated. Robust Joomla SEO solutions require a number of third party plug-ins in order to make it operate correctly.
So WordPress is the solution then? You would think so reading the above but i’m a great believer in have your cake and eat it. Joomla has a massive array of superior design features and components that not only make it look better than WordPress allow you to extend and grow your site more. You can also implement WordPress into Joomla as an integrated solution, so the best of both worlds. If you have the time and patience this is the best SEO solution. Because I believe good SEO extends beyond the search engine results pages.
It’s no good if your site ranks high within Google if your site doesn’t look the part or you can’t extend it as your business needs change or grow. Joomla allows you to add shopping cart functionality via the virtuemart component, which provides a decent ecommerce solution. Granted WordPress also has a shopping cart component but the current offerings are more for selling the odd item here and there as opposed to a full shopping cart.
So if you’re after a scalable extendable solution, Joomla and WordPress integration is the best option. If your a small site with limited time to learn then WordPress will meet your SEO needs.