Wordpress Sites, Joomla, Drupal, etc.Don't generate traffic - If they did, I'd be building them too. You'll have to rely on other means than search engines (TV ads, business cards, etc.) to drive traffic to them

The biggest problem with hiring a Wordpress designer is, by only offering Wordpress sites, he or she is admitting they don't understand the technology and code that actually runs the web.

It's like hiring an auto mechanic that only knows how to change your spark plugs. What if something goes wrong?
"It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled"...Mark Twain

There are huge numbers of low tech "web designers" charging people for web design - then using Wordpress blog tech to do the work.

Would you trust your car to a mechanic who had a copy of "Be an Auto Mechanic Without Knowing Anything About Motors!" sitting on his desk?

<< Why Are There So Many Wordpress Designers Nowadays >>
In a Nutshell: Because real websites are difficult to build and the new generation is just plain-old lost!!!

GoDaddy Tech Support People Report That: 90 - 95% of all tech support calls involve problems with auto-builder platforms like Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. - so called "web pros" are having problems just pushing the right buttons!
Wordpress Sites become more popular - Just when Google introduces new, more stringent guidelines for lean code!
I fully realize Google has just handed me an even greater advantage over the Wordpress designer - and I make no bones about letting you know about it!!....Michael Walls

wordpress sucks The best examples of   Wordpress sites, Joomla, etc have one fatal flaw - they not "search friendly". They are not designed to comply with Google's meta protocol. The car here looks nice but won't make it off the lot!

Unlike buying a bad car, you won't immediately know you have a lemon. After patiently waiting for results - you realize you have a dog, you lost a year, and must start over - from scratch!

Web 2.0 is jargon and no real standard

You've probably heard the term "Web 2.0" thrown around lately. It refers loosely to the new generation of interactive applications like Blogs, Facebook, You Tube, etc., and other online apps that build themselves.

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the web (html), says "Web 2.0" means nothing at all!

The term "Web 2.0" was casually coined in 1999 by Darcy DiNucci, an obscure consultant on electronic information architecture, In one article titled "Fragmented Future". People picked up on it and many think it "gospel.

DiNucci doesn't even dare to openly post examples of her work.....to this day! - click her link.

A static Wordpress site is not (so called) Web 2,0. It is just a static web site with all the search disadvantages of a blog and none of the advantages of a regular web site.

What was the original purpose of Wordpress anyway? To be able to post and edit content all by yourself!
  • How many site owners can actually write copy?
  • Most Wordpress site owners don't understand the interface to make the edits
  • Many Wordpress site owners end up still paying someone else to make the edits!
  • Wordpress "designers" are "Wordpress designers" because they don't understand how to build a web site. They do understand "pick and click" better than the average non-tech type.
Do you not see the irony here?
Wordpress sites Would you hire her to run your office?

I sure would - but not if she couldn't handle the job requirements. Get the analogy?

Don't get swept away by a slick front end - a business web site is a business machine.

Search Engines were designed to search web pages - not dig through databases!

Web Sites Are Dead?

Untrue! It is a claim made by people who do not have the skill set to build a web site. So they try to sell you what they are able to provide - Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla and other blog based auto-builder formats.

It is static content itself that attracts search engines. So called "Static Content" is readily available for search bots to peruse. It is not loaded, on demand, from a database. Static content = real content that actually exists on real pages. We use a hybrid of static content and dynamic page components.

Classic asp is the format of choice here - able to dynamically change entire sections of a site with a single edit, all pages hard coded and not pulled from a database like Wordpress Sites. Real copy, openly accessible to the search bots is the fast track to search performance.

Content Management Systems, by definition - were originally designed to enable unskilled users to make text edits (i.e., manage content!) to limited areas of a conventional web site.
Text only content that had to be updated frequently, like bulletins, meetings, staff schedules and company events could be logged, via interface, by company staff - without accidentally 'pooching' the whole site. They grew out of the bulletin board tech of the early 90's and were known as "web logs". When later used as stand-alone bulletin boards, abbreviated to "blogs".

Blogs became more popular, as anyone could post information without learning to build a web site. As they got more popular new features were added, like embedding pictures and enabling design themes. They began to resemble web sites. The rest is history - people who didn't understand web technology could produce applications that resembled web sites, and the public was then fooled!

Internet Service Providers began offering such interfaces to get you to sign up - with a do it yourself instant web site, even clickable "automatic search engine optimization!" People, more adept at jimmying the interface, are now "web designers"

This system depends on a "There's a sucker born every minute!" philosophy to survive. Do some research before you give them your hard earned money.

CMS (Content Management Systems) were not conceived for designing entire web sites.

Wannabe web designers found they could fool clients with a front end that looks like a rudimentary web site, but in reality is a nightmare of redundant code "under the hood" that would astound Rube Goldberg himself. Leaner code get's read first!
wordpress sucks
Click here to see an incredible example
of thousands of worthless files used to "auto-generate" a CMS web site. I rebuilt the site on a new server so I could flush the whole mess and start fresh.

CMS Systems are for blogs, where huge quantities of text are generated and auto-posted by the blog participants. If you have a hot topic, it will draw lots of people adding new content every day.

Also, this media is geared to topics of mass interest. But what if your CMS site is a four page realtor site with the same small amount of copy day after day? No one can add copy, not even you - in most cases.
This content is not readily available to search bots and renders a page full of presentation code and no content. A web bot is ONLY interested in textual content and presentation code is considered an obstacle to finding that content.

Most people who have paid for a site like this don't even know what they have until a real professional looks at the source code and enlightens them as to why their site is not performing in the searches.

WHAT IS So BAD ABOUT CMS - Wordpress Sites?

  1. Wordpress, Drupal, etc., pages are not publicly cacheable (i.e., in search engines) No cache - no rank!
  2. They are not capable of meeting Google Guidelines.
  3. Cannot optimize - no organic optimization is possible.
  4. For a Wordpress site to exist, at all, in searches, it needs a standard web page for the home page. Without the standard (static) page, you can't use a <meta> tag to verify for search submissions
    • Also note, in a CMS site, you have no ability to upload files, so you cannot use the alternative method of placing a Google, Yahoo or Bing verifier file in your site's root directory either.

  5. A CMS Web Site (Wordpress Site, etc.) is basically a blog masquerading as a web site, that only the designer can post to. Nearly all blogs do poorly in searches. The few blogs that do well, take years of promotion to get all the necessary user input.
  6. If the content is static (stays the same), the logic of employing a CMS in the first place is ridiculous.
  7. The heavy price paid in failed searches is site-wide, with no dividend for the site owner, who is clearly not utilizing the only reason for ever deploying a CMS – which is revising content daily without paying a designer to do it for you.
  8. You can't tag or uniquely format text content in a CMS - unless you know how to hand write CSS code. For the vast majority, text remains un-formatted and without any hierarchical markup, so important to search engines.
  9. Most end users don't know how to write effective web copy anyway - if they actually were utilizing the update features. Analogy: You hire a "hunting guide" to take you duck hunting - he drives you ten miles into the country, hands you a duck call and a shotgun, says "go git em" and splits.

    For the most part, only blogs with hot, breaking topics (WikiLeaks, etc.) show up in searches - because there aren't that many to search from. What if you are a real estate agent?
  10. CMS web site builder tools are used by amateurs who don't even understand the basics of creating a web page, much less how to optimize one for search engines. Fact is, you can't really optimize a blog.
  11. Free CMS site builder outfits like Word Press and Drupal automatically insert self serving link code (via their auto-site builder wizards) into your web site to pump up THEIR page rank

Popular CMS / "Site-In-a-Can" tools -

With the exceptions of Squarespace & PHP Nuke, all the below listed home sites have huge page ranks. This is because you build on their platform and you, and thousands of others like you, generate millions of link backs the them. Your blog will not inherit any of this rank you help generate, nor is your site likely to get any on it's own. If you paid someone hundreds of dollars to build a site for you and it has something like this in the code near the top - <meta name="Generator" content="Joomla! - Copyright (C) 2005 - 2007 Open Source Matters. All rights reserved." /> — you've been had! A wise con will know to erase that line of code, in the rare case you know what to look for.

It is what lies under the page, out of plain view, that can make or break you in the searches.
Content Management Sites are springing up everywhere and nine out of ten are useless in the search engines. You get what you pay for. If you are building a web based business you need a real site. If you are just a hobbyist who wants a web site to show friends, then a CMS site may be all you need.

What do I think of CMS sites? I love em'!! They provide me with lots of work!!