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I have a website on one CMS and I wish to switch to another CMS. What are some problems SEO-wise that I could run into?

I am aware that the way each CMS handles urls is different, so I'll make sure that urls are handled the same:

mysite.com/page-about-something

mysite.com/node2

What are some other problems I may face?

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    I suppose that when you say, "urls are handled the same", you mean: urls will be identical. It doesn't help to have url's which are handled similarly, but still result in different url's ... e.g., dashes instead of underscores, or vice-versa. If your CMS is good at handling custom url's, you will be able to actually keep the same url's by importing them along with the other things in your porting process. – James Apr 19 '11 at 2:04
  • Yeah, I mean the urls will be the same. :P – Melanie Shebel Apr 23 '11 at 3:43
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Having migrated a few CMS's before, the URLs are the biggest hurdles.

Some other pain points are:

  1. Ensuring content mapping and content layout (in the HTML) isn't radically different - normally achieved by ensuring the templates are the same.
  2. Ensuring that meta data is correctly transferred - page titles, meta descriptions and other meta data - this may also include time-stamps for articles.
  3. Ensuring categorisation and tags are mapped
  4. Ensuring internal links remain in place across templates
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It depends on how well the site is linked. If you have links going to abc.com/def.hml and the new is abc.com/xyz.html then you miss the link juice. You can do redirects but that may slow the site down. A few redirects are ok but hundreds or thousands are not. It will hurt site speed. I hope this helps. If we had more info it would be better.

As you can see the choice of a CMS is very important.

  • The content would have the same urls, no changes there as I would change them all in the CMS before making the site live. Just wondering about issues I would run into other than the url issue. – Melanie Shebel Apr 19 '11 at 2:26
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    The major issue today with CMS is page speed. Some of them are slow. Fast is much better. Many are still evolving. – Joe Apr 19 '11 at 5:19

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