I wanted to be able to offer my ebusiness coaching clients a choice of solutions for creating their web sites. Obviously, WordPress is the first thing that comes to mind, but it's not necessarily the best solution for everyone, so I plan to offer them the choice of a simple, but different type of CMS that concentrates on SEO from the start. While I'll be adding it to my list of recommendations over on ebuzzcoach, I thought I'd also let y'all know about it too, since it's SEO compliant. It may not be right for the savviest of designers amongst you, but for those of you who hack together sites (who like me, usually use free templates and change them up a bit) this might be useful to you. (Most of my ebuzz clients aren't yet as tech-savvy as many of you are).
Essentially, it's a CMS for your desktop. You design the site, add/edit content, and do everything right on your own computer. The CMS then generates static pages that you upload to your server. It's like a dynamic local site that generates static HTML. While server-side dynamic sites are necessary for some types of sites, they can also be slow and clunky with lots of traffic. (Think of the digg effect on a WordPress blog for example). If you'd like the convenience of having a CMS, but would prefer quick loading static content pages, then this one might work well for you.
- Comes with templates, but can use any template you like
- Works with any host or server setup
- Includes several generators, such as photo albums and slideshows
- Can put it into "safe mode" so clients can edit content but not hurt design
- All menus, SEO, and accessibility created automatically
The only way to know for sure if it will be useful to you or not is to just download the free, Lite version and try it. Some will fall in love with it, others may want to stick to whatever they are currently using. Either way, it may be useful to you at some point, so I've decided to let you know about it. Download the free version of the SEO CMS here.