Premium themes on WordPress and SEO
Just want to preface this by saying that I’ve read page after page on this topic and now need some advice please !
I’m about 99% convinced to purchase the WordPress.com business package. My only concern is in regards to articles that I’ve read that some of the premium themes have fatal errors in them when it comes to SEO (tags, things in the wrong place etc). This is obviously a problem, because as far as I understand, you cannot edit or even see the backend of WordPress.com premium themes. Is this entirely correct? Am I supposed to take WordPress’s word that I should trust the themes provided? Or is there another workaround that at least allows you to see the the backend set up to make sure everything is in the right place?
Thank you :)
WordPress.com SEO is very good. If you had two identical sites, one hosted here and one self-hosted using SEO plugins, the site hosted here would have better SEO than the self-hosted site. WordPress.com has huge SEO and you get the benefit of that by having your site hosted on a .wordpress.com “subdomain” here.
http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/seo-on-wordpress-com/ http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/04/11/seo-and-your-blog/ http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/
Purchasing the Business upgrade changes nothing aside from providing the ability to use eCommerce plugins. All blogs wearing the same theme here free or paid are using the same underlying template. We bloggers cannot access those files. Only Staff can access template and theme files as every edit they make affects every blog wearing the same there. Purchasing a bundle including the CSS upgrade does not chnage that.
Does the Custom Design upgrade let me edit HTML?
No. The Custom Design upgrade allows you to edit fonts, colors, and CSS only. You can change the appearance of a theme, but not its HTML markup or PHP code. If you require this functionality, please consider moving your blog to a web host that supports theme code modifications, suitable hosts can be found here. http://get.wp.com/hosting/ Read more about why here. http://en.support.wordpress.com/code/
Thank you timethief for your replies. I’d firstly like to say a big thank you to you, I’ve read dozens of your posts already, your advice has been invaluable.
One quick question, when you mentioned this:
“benefit of that by having your site hosted on a .wordpress.com “subdomain” here”
do you mean that you’d have to have a domain name that contains the .wordpress.com name to get the benefit? Meaning, that if I have my personalised domain name i.e http://www.coolwebsite.com I’d lose this advantage? I’m looking at running a business so including the wordpress name in the domain name wouldn’t be good :(
Thanks again for your posts. I did read all of these but I guess I was just looking for a more definite answer whether the themes can be trusted. You definitely seem to be the expert around here so I guess the buck has stopped here.
do you mean that you’d have to have a domain name that contains the .wordpress.com name to get the benefit
No. My blogs are on their own domains being domain mapped from .wordpress.com sub-domains to their domain URLs and still get the benefit.
I guess I was just looking for a more definite answer whether the themes can be trusted.
Of course, they can be. There are over 30 million blogging here and there’s no way WordPress.com would be running themes that did not have good SEO.
This is all great news! I can’t thank you enough for giving me peace of mind :)
Blogs with URLs of the format whatever.wordpress.com outrank the same blog, on the same host, with URLs of the format whatever.com. That’s just the way URLs are. But it’s definitely worth purchasing the custom domain anyway. There are lots of other reasons for buying it, all good.
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