Will My Websites Ranking Be Affected If I Change to CMS?

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Changing a websites files (pages) can have an adverse effect if not done correctly

It may well be that your current website is made of static pages (pages you have to have changed for you rather than change yourself using a Content Managed System). It has often been asked that if a website, in particular a large static website, is converted to a CMS site that there will be a detrimental affect on the listing/ranking of the current pages within the search engines.

There are several things to take into consideration when changing your website;

1. The CMS site must be constructed using the same content as the old site maintaining page titles, descriptions and heading tags as well as the content. It must be completed before set 'Live' to the domain name.

2. At the same time as the switch from a static site to the CMS site occurs, a .htaccess file MUST be uploaded to the root directory with '301 Redirects' for EVERY page from the old site to the replacement pages in the new CMS version...

In order to ensure that you have ALL the 301 redirects in the .htaccess file, you MUST do a search for ALL listed pages of the old site. To do this, go to Google and in the search bar type  site:yourdomain.co.uk   this will deliver EVERY page listed.

A 301 Redirect instruction line looks like this:

Redirect 301 /oldpagename.html http://www.yourdomain.co.uk/index.php?page=New-Page-Name

The above line will redirect any user to the new page seamlessly.

4. Ensure that a NEW and UP TO DATE sitemap is uploaded at the switch over. Make sure that it is referenced in the robots.txt file. Our CMS automatically generates a sitemap.xml file and updates it EVERY time you change your website.

5. Take the time to thoroughly inspect your site statistics before the change. You should be able to ascertain which of the old pages are listed for which keywords. You might wish to 'tweak' the content during the switch over.

ArtWork NetWork will do ALL of the above for you if we are doing your new Content Managed Website.

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