Do SEOs Prefer Page Creation Via CMS Or By Hand?

Apr 19, 2010 • 7:51 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization
 

A HighRankings Forum thread has one member asking if SEOs prefer to code new pages by hand or to use an CMS (content management system). The difference is often very minor, but there is no doubt that you have more control over a specific page when you code it by hand. On the other hand, it is often harder to create some order and structure to a site coded all by hand.

Personally, I have always been about building a strong foundation through technology and then letting the foundation help you with your SEO. That means, building a very search engine friendly CMS and using that CMS to ensure you create new pages that are SEO friendly. That means a CMS that does not generate duplicate URLs, duplicate content, has search engine friendly URLs, the navigation is user and search spider friendly and so on. A good CMS, in my opinion, can offer huge advantages.

On the other hand, there is something to be said about having ultimate control of every line of the source code of each individual page. Of course, a CMS can give you enough control of every page, but not over 100% of the page in most cases.

Which do you prefer?

Forum discussion at HighRankings Forum.

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Comments:

Andrew

04/20/2010 04:19 am

Obviously hand-coding will give more control over things, but it's really a question of time, isn't it. There's something to be said for both approaches.

Bill Kruse

04/20/2010 09:30 am

Indeed, but there's not a lot can be said for a CMS which excludes from a site created by it the SEO benefits of on-page optimisation. That's most of them, in my experience. BB

Martin Greenwood

04/20/2010 12:45 pm

Although I see the benefits of using a CMS to create your pages for you, there is something more satisfying about creating something from scratch....

lovekills_s

04/23/2010 08:58 am

really depends on the requirements of the website/page. If there are going to be an enormous amount of pages, CMS based pages are fine..For other Small yet manageable stuff, hand coded pages are just fine..But then, all boils down to the needs!

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