netmeg - 7:11 pm on Aug 4, 2011 (gmt 0)
@netmeg, perhaps a newb question, but what is "use the canonical tag" mean exactly?
Because WordPress can very easily create duplicate content due to categories, tags, however you set your permalinks, you want to indicate what the canonical (i.e. the *source*) URL is. So you use a tag in the header like: <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/this-page-name/" />, so that in theory, search engines know that example.com/this-page-name/ is the same as example.com/category/this-page-name/ and so on. Some theme frameworks have this option built in, or you can use a good SEO plugin and that will pretty much take care of everything for you.
You say Wordpress is your best option, how many other systems have you used to create websites?
See, nothing against you, BeeDee, but this is where any code evangelists always lose me. Not everyone WANTS to be a programmer or a designer. Not everyone WANTS to take the time to learn HTML or PHP or how to write a function. Not everyone WANTS to test out half a dozen CMS systems (let alone roll their own) They just want to get something up that reasonably represents their business (and/or allows them to DO business) People just want something that works, and if it works for them, who are you (generic you) to say it's not their best option?