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You know you want a web site, you have executed your research on different solvents and have looked into a CMS solution. Now the question of SEO is straight its head and you’re left mixt up. With a amount of CMS choices out there how do you decide which is the best?.

CMS or content management systems are increasingly growing the most common way of establishing a website. With the growing popularity of WordPress which has made the transition from blogging tool to CMS, the days of beginning up your asp or html computer programing books are quickly disappearance. 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 internet sites function and your skill level.

For optimum Search engine optimisation you need to have a CMS that maps to your requirements in a internet site and your ability to apply the solution. For a medium blog/site that is placed on planning of information, WordPress wins hands down. The built in SEO add-ons within WordPress or simple to deploy and can be executed in a matter of moments by a newbie watching simple to follow forum tips. Joomla is a little more complex in it’s SEO implementation. Very often freshmen 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 wide array of superior design features and parts that not only make it look better than WordPress provide you to lead 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 great if your site ranks high within Google if your site doesn’t look the portion or you can’t extend it as your business needs change or grow. Joomla allows you to add shopping cart functionality via the virtuemart portion, which provides a decent ecommerce solution. Recognized WordPress also has a shopping cart component but the online 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 hosting and WordPress integration is the best option. If your a small site with limited time to learn then WordPress will meet your SEO needs.

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You have chosen WordPress for your blogging format. You have selected a theme that pertains to your topic. You are ready to start writing your posts, but want to make your blog really work. You want to have a blog that is the website you have always dreamed of having.

So how do you optimize your WordPress blog? Plugins are important to keeping your site safe and professional. Here are 3 plugins you must have.

1. Askimet: Blogging brings spanners. Akismet stops them in their tracks. This plugin previews comments sent to you and checks them for potential spam before they reach your blog. Akismet is already installed on most WordPress themes. All you must do is go to: Plugins – Akismet – Activate. It will then ask for your API key which you should have gotten when you originally signed up for WordPress.

2. All In One SEO Pack: All sites need traffic and this is one plugin that will help you to drive traffic to your site. All In One SEO Pack lets you tweak your titles, item descriptions, and then add keywords to your posts. Doing this increases your rankings in the search engines which makes it easier to be found. it is important to do this for each post you make, as that will alert the search engines that changes have been made.

3. Google XML Sitemaps: This is the plugin that gets your site searched by all the different search engines. It is XML compliant and automatically updates all the major search engines whenever you make any changes to your blog.

Using these three plugins for your WordPress site automatically manages any spam coming your way and increases your search engine optimization. These make it much easier to achieve the goals you have for your website. Who doesn’t like "easier?"