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I am going to do a major overhaul of a currently active site, and if it means transferring the content over to a new CMS, then I will.
This is basically an article driven niche informational website. (If it will help, Iíll pass along the URL)
Iím on OS commerce right now, but Iím pretty sure thereís something much better. Without a doubt, maximization of SEO techniques will be my number 1 criteria for selecting a CMS.
I need a CMS that allows complete control of URL's, title tags, meta tags, and keyword tags.
URL's, title tags, meta tags, and keyword tags
If, despite Ove's suggestion, you still want to dump OSCommerce, Wordpress and Drupal both have everything you want with plugins (and more - custom robot meta tags and things like that). I'm sure others do too.
I'm surprised you're running an article-driven informational site on OSCommerce as it's intended as a shopping cart engine.
There's going to be a big difference between the way ModX does things and the way Drupal or Joomla does things. I'm not even sure which I prefer really, but it's a very different feel.
My basic concern is picking a content managements system, learning the ins and outs of it, then realizing that it does not help with Search Engine Optimization.
Is it safe to assume that by picking either Wordpress or Joomla I won't run into this problem?
Of course searching for "content management systems" brings up wikipedia, then drupal then joomla and no wordpress on the front page. Does that mean that drupal is better then either joomla or wordpress?
I would suggest that anyone wishing to implement a new CMS should seek out an authority forum on each one and search for terms that are important to their particular needs. This way you can see what others have already gone through in each CMS relative to what you find important.