What Is a Content management System?
A Content Management System (CMS) allows you to add, edit or delete content to your website without having to create and format the pages manually.
All the pages get generated on the fly, the CMS application picks the template, adds the headers and footers, generates the menus and blocks for your page and then automatically renders the page.
The main reason people hesitate to use CMS is because they think a CMS site will not perform well with search engines. But when used properly, CMS can actually help with scoring points with the search engines. This article shows you how.
We all know that content is king and that the primary function of today's Internet is to deliver content to those that are seeking it. CMS allows you to easily manage multiple pages on your site, categorized into appropriate topics and categories.
While it is a fact that most free CMS's available were not designed with the search engine spider in mind, CMS applications are flexible and can be tweaked to help you gain a top rankings with search engines.
How do you customize a CMS application to improve
search engine rankings?
First, there is the issue of dynamic URLs. Most CMS's will generate URLs with parameters embedded into them. As an example, each article link on your site may look like this:
Not only does it look ugly, the search engines probably won't spider it. It's is best to rewrite that URL into something like this:
This can be achieved by making use of the web server module called mod-rewrite To use this, you'll need to add a rule to your .htaccess file using regular expressions to convert the URL. The following 2 lines added to your .htaccess file (in your document root) will achieve the URL conversion for the example above.
The session ID is usually not necessary in the URL. Most users have cookies enabled so CMS can store the session ID using cookies. URL rewriting for session maintenance can and should be turned off in your web server settings.
Which Content Management System application do you use?
For my purposes, the PostNuke Open Source Content Management System works well. But there are many CMS applications available that are open source and are easy to install.
Generally, SEO's believe that having the navigation links at the bottom or on the right side of your page allow you to position your optimized content towards the beginning of your html page, but users are accustomed to naturally look for a navigation menu towards the top left of the page.
Attention to the anchor text used in the navigation links is important because these links will appear on all the pages of your site.
Islands of Related Content
When you add content to your CMS, you would classify it into a topic. A CMS like PostNuke, allows you to choose a category and a topic for each article that you add. The CMS will automatically create links in the chosen category page and topics page. If you define your topics and your
categories properly, you can create a brilliant linking strategy.
Setting up a CMS managed website that can achieve good search engine rankings is possible if you take care of the key factors as outlined above. For proof that a properly customized CMS application can help you to gain top search engine rankings see the links in the signature below.
About the author:
Mufad P. has successfully setup a high ranking work at home community that ranks on top for "work at home" and "home business" at
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