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Buildling a website for SEO: Flat HTML or use CMS?

Does CMS create too much 'code bloat'?

     
4:27 pm on Dec 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Lets say you were building a website with dozens of quality articles purely to drive traffic from organic listings. Would it be better from an SEO perspective to set-up the site using HTML or would CMS be more effective?

Do CMS systems like Joomla create unnecessary code which makes them less appetising to search bots?

Or is the extra code outweighed by the advantages (easier to add content, can have RSS feeds, social networking bookmarks, pings etc.)?

Thanks.

5:26 pm on Dec 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Ive always felt that flat html is the safest option when SEO is paramount until now, previously a lot of CMS's would limit your ability optimize your content but im using a flexbile CMS with great succes at moment.

It depends on your CMS/hosting

6:13 pm on Dec 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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well technically there is no difference, i've always gone with a home made cms and make my own templates for it, that being said i also only make very simple sites!

however i think any worthwhile off the shelf cms allows you to make your own templates - so it is nothing to do with the cms rather the templates you design.