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    SitePoint Member jitu78's Avatar
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    Is it bad to use template based model for site optimization?

    Hi All,

    I want to use dreamweaver templates for globtier.com

    Is this could be bad for site optimization?

    Is there any risk to loose page rank?

    Some of SEO experts are suggesting to avoid template based model.

    Let me know your thoughts on it.

    Thanks
    Jits
    Globtier Solutions
    Outsource IT Smartly

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    Guru Meditation Error gnarly's Avatar
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    I don't think it's a bad thing per-se, you just need to be careful how you use them.
    • Don't tie yourself down to one template.
    • Don't lock the templates down too much - allow a degree of flexibility.
    • Make sure things like meta elements, the page title and so on are editable, aswell as the main content area.
    • Make sure your HTML is properly structured and semantically correct - those are both much more important for SEO than the use of a template.
    Olly Hodgson
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    Chillin like a Villain DaStuff's Avatar
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    Another problem for templating is that if a user recognizes a site layout over and over again it can belittle the content before they even look at the site... Unique layouts are nice b/c it makes the site look more professional... And it doesn't have to be completely unique... Little changes here and there can make a world of difference...

    Other than that gnarly had some good recomendations.. Basically just check the template code before you use it all over to make sure it wasn't coded by an 6th grader.
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    I use DW templates on all of my static sites, it makes updating and making sitewide changes a breeze. I have never had a problem as far as SEO go's.

    If you have a static site with say 1000 pages and you dont have a template in place your going to have a heck of a time updating the site if you want to say ad a link site wide to a navigation.

    I dont think it really matters what type of site you are building, if it has any size to it, some sort of template system is a must!

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    I don't think using dw's template will affect seo... it's just the quality of the design... I guess


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