SEO CMS requirements

The things that make this the best search engine optimized cms

The most important optimization features

These are the features you get with SEO CMS and the things we have built into the program.

1. Update content quickly

Firstly all CMS packages are generally better thanWYSIWYG sites. Google likes lots of good, regularly updated content and a CMS will make better sites easier to make. However, while larger CMS packages do have more features they can sometimes be slower to set up and manage content.

We concentrate on letting people create lots of good content very quickly, possibly from existing company content sources such as spreadsheets or data files in our table generator.

2. Well structured content

Each page must have well structured content so Google can tell what the site is about e.g. a text title, summary and description using the H1, H2, H3 tags.

3. Good Meta titles

The CMS must allow different meta titles and descriptions on every page that explain what that page is about. Allowing these to be taken from page content can save time. The same goes for picture descriptions and link titles.

4. Good navigation

Automatic menu generators ensure that links are constantly updated. Well structured text links also make sure the search engines can find all pages.

5. Doc types and web standards

Not designing to modern standards won't impress Google and CSS clears the page and makes content easier for spiders to find. Old table based sites will also load more slowly.

6. Lightweight pages.

When you've generated lots of traffic you need fast, low bandwidth pages to ensure the site speed is maintained. Some CMS systems create static pages rather than slower dynamic ones.

7. Content sharing

Often CMS systems have built in RSS feeds for distributing content, tagging or promoting content in digg, stumble etc.

Please add any points I've missed.

No one CMS will do all of these things and these days it's mostly the off site and content that make the difference, however any optimized CMS should do most of the above.

OK so here's a few more I remembered

Avoid database driven cms that don't have searchable menu links e.g. page names that search engines can find when spidering.

Some people think it's useful to put keywords in page names with a'-' or '_' separating each word so that search engines will give more rating to the link. I'm not sure I agree but prefer systems that use consistent page names such as A B and C.htm, that way when content changes or gets significantly moved the pages remain index.

When counting menu links it's good to use /subdirectory/ or subdirectory/index.htm but not both. More counts means it's more important.

3. Good Meta titles

The CMS must allow different meta titles and descriptions on every page that explain what that page is about. Allowing these to be taken from page content can save time. The same goes for picture descriptions and link titles.

4. Good navigation

Automatic menu generators ensure that links are constantly updated. Well structured text links also make sure the search engines can find all pages.

5. Doc types and web standards

Not designing to modern standards won't impress Google and CSS clears the page and makes content easier for spiders to find. Old table based sites will also load more slowly.

6. Lightweight pages

When you've generated lots of traffic you need fast, low bandwidth pages to ensure the site speed is maintained. This CMS system creates static pages rather than slower dynamic ones. Sites like Joomla and Wordpress etc will run slower and even stop if they get very high traffic levels.

7. Content sharing

There is a built in RSS feeds for distributing content, tagging or promoting content in digg, stumble etc.

Trackable content

Avoid database driven cms that don't have searchable menu links e.g. page names that search engines can find when spidering.

SEO CMS has real pages that exist and so will be easily findable by Google.

Keywords in page names

Some people think it's useful to put keywords in page names with a'-' or '_' separating each word so that search engines will give more rating to the link. We don't agree but prefer systems that use consistent page names such as A, B and C.htm, that way when content changes or gets significantly moved the pages remain index.

Of course if you think page names work then this program will write them.

Root directory links

Search engines are thought to count page links and weight their importance on the number of links.

When counting menu links it's good to use /subdirectory/ or subdirectory/index.htm but not both because then the search engines assume there are two different pages with less links each. More counts means it's more important.

Google sitemaps

SEO CMS builds and sitemap automatically.

Google XML sitemaps are not particularly required if it's a fairly flat site but worthwhile for large multilevel sites. Both can be built and uploaded without any work at all.

Automatic backlink building

One way backlinks are key to improving your sites position in Google.

SEO CMS has a free fully rebranded version that you can give away for other people to use for free, except for a small keyword rich backlink at the bottom of each site.