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    Is SEO WordPress Theme Important?

    Hi,

    I know WordPress blogging platform is well-known for its search engine friendliness.

    I'm deciding a good theme for my recent WordPress powered blog and came across "SEO WordPress themes".

    Isn't all WordPress theme good for SEO? As long as you edit the permalink etc.?

    Is using an SEO WordPress theme critical in getting the better edge? If so, would appreciate if there's any recommendations.

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    For the most part the theme should make absolutely no difference at all.

    But, some themes change what text is at the top of the page and how the H1 tags are used, these are 2 things to keep an eye on when choosing.
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    Most of those developers do not know much SEO! You gotta use some addditional scripts for having the SEO done right in most cases.

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    I don't think it matters as long as your theme is well designed and coded.

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    If SEO is very important to you, then you will probably want to design your own theme so that you can code in the specific SEO features particular to your own site.

    Most WordPress themes provide reasonable SEO by default, but if you don't intend to code your own theme or don't know enough about SEO, then it may be worth choosing a theme which is well suited for SEO purposes. Most of the standard theme frameworks are pretty good for this, such as Sandbox, Thematic etc.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Further coding of the theme may prove to be too tedious for me :P

    So I guess it's easier for me to look for an already SE optimized WordPress theme and customize it with plugins to make it an SE magnet.

    Now I know which one to choose from my current list of favourite themes.

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    If you install the all-in-one-seo plugin I think any wordpress template would be seo friendly. I use it and its great.

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    Thanks riverbirch.

    I'm doing manual SEO for most of my WordPress theme previously.

    Will try out this All-In-One SEO plugin as it come in highly recommended by many bloggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbirch View Post
    If you install the all-in-one-seo plugin I think any wordpress template would be seo friendly. I use it and its great.
    No, a poorly coded theme will always be poorly coded, there is nothing that plugin can do to fix it.

    SEO plugins are extra addition on top of the theme, but they can not correct for fundamental problems with a theme.

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    More on the "poorly coded" theme. How do we actually know?

    Can I say if the general layout of the theme looks nice and okay, it's coded well?

    Or a CSS style sheet, as compared to table, is considered the better coded?

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamtan View Post
    More on the "poorly coded" theme. How do we actually know?
    That is too complicated to answer in a blog post sorry.

    In general, you would want to look for semantic coding, appropriate use of nofollow tags etc. The 'All in one SEO plugin' seems to take care of things like your title tags, so that side of thing probably isn't too important.

    Quote Originally Posted by williamtan View Post
    Or a CSS style sheet, as compared to table, is considered the better coded?
    I'm not convinced that using tables for layout would actually have any negative SEO effects, although there are plenty who would debate that. However anyone who needs to code with tables probably isn't to great at coding for SEO so it would be a reasonable guide I spose.

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    Thanks, guess beside the layout, I've to open up the .php files to roughly scan through the codings.

    Most importantly, a little trial and error on selected templates wouldn't hurt.

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    The word press theme should be SEO friendly in the sense that it should be free from errors. The default word press theme is SEO friendly one. But make sure that it is customized as per your requirements.

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    Hi williamtan,

    some tips were already given in de posts above (XHTML valid coding and semantic coding). In my first 10 posts I am not allowed to give links but I will give a shot with this description: wpthemereview dot com slash seo
    This website produced a list of what they look for in Wordpress themes with regard to SEO.

    Hopefully this gives an answer to your question.
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    Thanks Internetry for your recommendation.

    Great details on SEO themes at the website.

    I'll have to select the "best" theme at the soonest. Wouldn't want to get into paralysis of analysis

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    one very good and seo theme is arthemia . Just search for it in google. My site http://www.lipoaspiracao.org uses it. It is seo friendly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Internetry View Post
    wpthemereview dot com slash seo
    http://www.wpthemereview.com/seo/

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    Quote Originally Posted by valterchaves View Post
    one very good and seo theme is arthemia . Just search for it in google. My site lipoaspiracao_org uses it. It is seo friendly
    What makes you think that theme is good for SEO? It looked kinda shonky from my brief look at it, no H1 tag and layout tables.

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    I don't quite favour the layout of arthemia theme though.

    Would prefer a clean professional look theme with 3-column layout.

    Quote Originally Posted by valterchaves View Post
    one very good and seo theme is arthemia . Just search for it in google. My site http://www.lipoaspiracao.org uses it. It is seo friendly

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    SEO in a wordpress theme is not that "highly", important because all in one seo plugin can take care of that.
    On the other hand, focus on off site SEO by using this DoFollow blog search.

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    what can i say is the most important thiing that you must focus about the seo is the content itself as it is the main aspect of your site therefore that's the part the search engine will focus more


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