Does anyone know if there are any inherent problems using a cms such as Mambo and getting the site up the search engine rankings? Someone told me they could not optimize a Mambo based CMS because it was too old and complicated?
There are no problems that I can see from doing content optimization on a site that uses Joomla!/Mambo.
You may just need to look into a URL rewrite if it's not standard within Mambo. If you type something like "mambo search engine friendly url" into Google, you will be presented with many options on how to make this happen.
Then just use good internal linking to make sure that all the pages within your site are accessible to the search engine crawlers. A sitemap(s) is always a good bet when you have a larger-type site.
The person that told you is probably just lazy. :-)
Thanks for the replies. I was told that by someone who charged £1000 to optimize the site and then because it was not getting anywhere in the search engines he said it was because it was a mambo cms and that it would be better if they installed their own cms. Thing is...it was in the search engines before they messed with it. Should have come here first for advice. Oh well..we live and learn.
I had a feeling there was nothing wrong with Mambo. I managed to get my head around it, don't know why they couldn't. Seems to be a lot of companies out there making all sorts of claims but when it comes down to it they probably know little more than I do. I guess we'll have to chalk it up to experience and move on.
Thanks for all your comments though. Nice to know I was't having doubts for nothing.
The accesibility for search engines to your site totally depends on the construction of the templates used. It has nothing to do with the actual CMS. And yes, in Mambo/Joomla there are a lot of skins/templates built with tables and space gifs.
My experience with other php based sites, mostly phpnuke is that they get indexed and position very well in the search engine rankings. I have one at 5 and another at 4 without doing any sort of optimization. Of course they could probably go higher with some more effort on my part but I haven't had any html based sites get that high without a heck of a lot of effort.
I'll look at the url rewrite though as I didn't know about that. Is it an option within Mambo or something you have to do yourself ?
Also is there an addon to make a site map or some not too complicated way to do it?