I’ve noticed a trend lately that is a little disturbing. This trend is a slow and steady decay of rankings for static websites with very few, if any, regular updates.
The reason for this decline is a recent emphasis by the major search engines to not only serve up the most relevant search results, but the most recent as well. And if your site isn’t updated with current, relevant information then you’re losing the game to a site that is.
The sad part is that this is something that could be fixed with very little effort and very little expense.
There are a number of excellent, open-source (free!) content management systems available to the small business owner. If you have some technical skills you can make the switch yourself. Otherwise, you’ll need to hire someone to help migrate your site to a new platform and teach you how to add new content quickly and easily.
Costs for this can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on how many pages you currently have on your site, what functionality you want and whether or not you use a template or have a new design created for you.
Here are a few of the top open-source content management systems available today.
- WordPress (my favorite)
- Dot Net Nuke
- Expression Engine
I’m sure there are lots of others that are very good but these are the ones we have had experience with.
And if you need some help converting your site give me a call. I’ll be glad to take a look at it and give you a quote.
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