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Does my host need CGI and is MT better than WP for SEO? (10 posts)

  1. billesq
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    2 questions:

    1) should I get a hosting plan with CGI? it doesn't appear WP needs it to run (unlike other software). Will plugins (like a search function) require CGI?

    2) I am very concerned about grooming my upcoming site for search engine optimization (SEO). Some online discussions claim that Movable Type is the best software for those concerned about SEO. Like it has some special features that wordpress does not. Is that true? In reviewing software packages at opensourcecms.com, I am deciding between MT and WP.

    All responses appreciated. Thanks!

    Bill

  2. Beel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No and No (as it relates to WP) You may need CGI for something else, though. The search engines have had no trouble indexing my sites - any more searching and they will be in my sock drawer.

  3. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    WordPress provides excellent search engine results out of the box, with no modifications. If you want to tweak it, you can get a bit more...probably about the same as adding nitrous to a Ferrari.

  4. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Some online discussions claim that movable type is the best software for those concerned about SEO. Like it has some special features that wordpress does not.

    I'd be interested to read some of those claims and what they're based on. Last time I checked, there was no "magic" you can perform with either software which will enhance SEO in any way. Provided the software is standards-compliant that is, which both of them are. Content is what determines that.

    Can you post come links here?

  5. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Aren't Moveable Types permalinks automatically of the supposedly "search engine friendly" variety that put the post title into the URL? That may produce a very minor improvement in keyword rankings if you are careful to load your titles with keywords, but the difference is marginal at best. If absolutely everything else were equal, it might put the "friendly" URL blog one space ahead of the other one. But the way most people use the custom permalinks, they produce a URL full of slashes that looks like the post is in the fourth or fifth subfolder and at least one search engine that starts with a G prefers shorter URLS to files five folders deep.

  6. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Aren't Moveable Types permalinks automatically of the supposedly "search engine friendly" variety that put the post title into the URL?

    That's what WP does if you use "pretty" permalinks, doesn't it?

  7. pizdin_dim
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

  8. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    pizdin_dim, that would be the difference between "automatically" and not automatically. Perhaps I should have said, "by default". In any case, as I said before, it's like adding nitrous to a Ferrari.

  9. [The activation of "pretty" Permalinks] would be the difference between "automatically" [like MovableType] and not automatically [like WordPress]. Perhaps I should have said, "by default".

    Tom, I would like to say that you have hit the nail right on the head.

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