This is part 4 of a 6 part series written by Mark Atkinson for Sitepoint.com. I’ve been looking forward to this part of the series; we’re going to compare WordPress and Joomla in the SEO department. We will be discussing the capabilities and limitations of each CMS when it comes to SEO, as well as linking you to some of the best SEO plugins and extensions.
We’re going to order things slightly differently in this post. Here’s how:
In my opinion, there can be no real argument against that assertion. Unfortunately, when WordPress junkies end up in metaphorical bar fights with Joomla junkies, the WordPress enthusiasts really end up flogging a dead horse on this point. It’s painful to see, guys — please don’t do it.
Yes, WordPress is generally better when it comes to SEO, but it has its limitations. Joomla isn’t horrible when it comes to SEO. It’s not the best, but it’s not as bad as I’ve seen some (usually biased) individuals suggest.
So you’ve got the verdict; now I’ll explain how I reached this conclusion.
Joomla can be an absolute nightmare to perform proper on-site optimization on if you’re a newbie. With Joomla 2.5, however, some attention was given to improving the SEO capabilities, which has helped somewhat. If you’re in a competitive niche, though, you’re still going to need to look to Components to do the bulk of your SEO work for you, and that’s where things get messy.
Joomla contains basic SEO-optimization functionality. You can turn on SEF URLs, take it a step further by enabling URL rewriting and also choose whether you would like to enable URL suffixes or not.
You can also add a global meta description and meta keywords, as well as define the meta tags and title tags at a page level, despite it not being as user-friendly a process as it potentially could be.
Something that some Joomla users may not know is that you can also choose to noindex and/or nofollow a specific menu item. (You can find the option in the Metadata options menu on the right when editing a menu item.)
If you’re wanting to do more than basic optimization for a Joomla website, I would suggest you be prepared to do some debugging, because those bugs will be there.
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