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Implications of Switching to CMS?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by MaxTucker, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. MaxTucker

    MaxTucker Regular Member

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    I have a popular website that gets about 2,000 uniques per day. The site is pretty much my bread and butter at the moment and it brings in quite a bit per year. This can most be attributed to the large user base and good search engine rankings. Up until now the site has been completely hand coded and managed. I have not used any CMS to streamline the site. It does have some wordpress blogs attached but all in all the site is not CMS based.

    I am considering moving it to a CMS system so I can streamline everything and make my life easier. I was wondering what are the SEO implications (especially serps). If I suddenly change from what I have now to a CMS. I will be using modx and the sites structure will remain mostly the same. So if I had a link www.mysite.com/page1.php the url's will remain the same.

    So could I lose rankings or should I just switch?

    I wouldn't really care normally but like I said this site is my bread and butter any large slip in serps could take a lot of money out of my pocket.
     
  2. apeek22

    apeek22 Registered Member

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    IMO, unless the site is huge and completely unmanageable I would not change it.

    I am 100% positive your rankings will drop if you do change.
     
  3. popie

    popie Registered Member

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  4. schnibitz

    schnibitz Registered Member

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    I've seen mixed results. If you have time, do this. Create your own test environment. I'm too lazy to go into details here, so PM me if interested, and I'll tell you what I would do.

    -S
     
  5. spongecat

    spongecat Newbie

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    It all depends. You would need a good cms, optimized for seo. Drupal comes to my mind.
    I was in similar situation a year ago, I had some internal pages drop in serps, probably because I changed urls, but home page went up, from #12 to #2 in a month. Now most of the pages are ranking higher than before. But it takes some work and learning. So while there is no easy answer, I'd strongly recommend cms for anything larger than few hundred pages.