I was asked by my friend when he asked me what CMS should he use for his personal blog. As the Web developer myself, I suggest him WordPress. There are tonnes of reasons why WordPress is the smartest choice.
For you who wondering what is CMS. CMS stands of Content Management System. It’s basically a application that allow you to create Web without any knowledge of programming. There are lot of options such as Joomla, Drupal or Ghost. But without almost any doubt WordPress is a preferable and best CMS platform in case of SEO. SEO is as important as the development of a site. If you have a website that is not optimized for the search engines, you might not get the full benefits out of it.
Before I am continuing further, I need to stress that, the WordPress I am recommending is self-host WordPress which can be download at WordPress.org, not the WordPress.com host. While WordPress.com is easy to use and need not to setup, but it comes with several limitations. Installing WordPress.org is easy to mastered, and if you want to, you can easily outsource the task to others.
WordPress is out of the box SEO friendly, especially when you deploy the Yoast SEO Plugin. Some people doesn’t like WordPress and was convinced it was SEO unfriendly just because you couldn’t edit Page titles with it. It’s so untrue.
They’re built in academia to solve problems that don’t exist in reality. That’s the problem with other CMS platforms. Drupal’s auto and nodes-tagging are fine, until you have 50 pages.
An SEO plugin will do a big favor to your WordPress site for making it better from the search engines’ perspective. There are many powerful SEO plugins that offer utmost options for optimizing WordPress websites for search engines.
In fact, WordPress’s repository has hundreds of SEO plugins. These plugins provide extra help in optimizing WordPress sites for search engines. They will let you do many things for SEO beyond the native WordPress SEO features.
But like I’ve mentioned before, the combination of WordPress and Yoast plugin is really powerful. Here’s why
- Instant Tag and Category Pages creation.
- Large options of themes
- Instant XML Sitemap (RSS Feed and Yoast)
- WP Pingomatic automatically pings Google and Bing for you
- Ease of integration for Analytics, Webmaster Tools
- Search Engine Friendly and Human-friendly URLs by default
- Great for social sharing icons
- Super easy to use page/post editor
- Tonnes of both commercial and free plug-ins
Your CMS strategy is simply as important as the content itself. Select the correct CMS will help you tremendously in implement your strategy. I’ve experience in Joomla, ModX, Drupal and other obscure CMSes. WordPress is, by far, the easiest and most powerful CMS I’ve ever used. Do you have other suggestions?