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Joomla! Website is just only a template

Posted on 2013-05-28
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Dear Experts,

I currently try to improve our website in seo terms and have come to the conclusion to change a faulty component. To my personal surprise my predecessor seems to have put any functionality into the template instead of using components.

As a result I can't change things like add new fancy menu-bars or change the dynamic content on the frontpage without changing the source-code.

I currently think about just deleting the whole mess and starting new. However I need to somehow retain the current design: "www.goldwyncareers.com".

Does any of you have any suggestion how I deal best with this problem?
Should I just look for a template that resembles the current one roughly and use that as a starting point?

Any help is much appreciated!
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I don't believe that is a Joomla web site, it is just a custom design.  Joomla web sites normally have the word 'joomla' in many places in the source code.

You might start by cleaning up the existing site.  It does have a number of errors and some questionable formatting.  You'll know a lot more about it when you're done.  While the content does affect SEO, new fancy menu-bars don't.

You should first read Google's pages on SEO before you do anything.  http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=35291  Also click on the link for Webmaster Guidelines.
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by:goldwynexe
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It is definitely a joomla-site since I was introduced to the whole thing with access to the back-end. However you are quite right, that it is a custom design instead of a proper joomla! site simply because it doesn't really uses any of the joomla features that would enable me to easily change design/content.

Part of the problem is how the website is generated (a component that is used for the database access does not produce 100% valid code) and replacing that component would massively improve the website. Especially since the new component I evaluated features userdefined seo tags, so our uploaders can improve the title and description tag. It also supports seo-friendly urls which causes our current system to blank out.

However since the whole site is, as you said, essentially a custom design, I can't just replace the components. So the best solution would probably be to just scrap the whole thing and replace it with a proper joomla site isn't it?
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Dave Baldwin earned 500 total points
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I'm not particularly fond of CMS's but if Joomla works for you, you might as well replace the current site with a new one.  It probably would be quicker and definitely more technically correct than the current one.  

The current site does load fairly quickly and that has been a problem the Joomla sites I've had to work on.  Fancy themes and too many plugins slow them down.
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