So, you have decided to use a content management system (CMS) to develop your site. Great! A good CMS can save an amazing amount of development time, and also allow non-technical users to add and edit content easily. But beware! Many CMS products are not search engine friendly. Even products costing tens of thousands of dollars may produce websites that will NOT have their pages indexed by search engines. It is imperative that you use a CMS that produces search engine friendly URLs and allows individual page-level titles and meta tags.
More and more CMS companies are beginning to understand the importance of making their products search engine friendly, but you should make sure that the one you choose has these features. No matter how beautiful your website is, or how easy it is for your employees to use, your site will be useless if the search engines cannot index its pages.
If you are trying to decide which CMS product is right for you, a good place to start is at http://www.cmsmatrix.org/. Here you can search for specific features, such as search engine friendly urls, and the site will compile of matrix of CMS products that fit your requirements.
Using the CMS Matrix search, I quickly found many search engine friendly products. Here are a few that impressed me, but keep in mind that I have not used any of them. Still, they might be a good start on your search for that perfect content management system.
Whether you opt for a free CMS product, or one costing tens of thousands of dollars, be sure to choose one that is search engine friendly!