wysiwyg sites vs hand coded websites

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I have two websites and they both you simple text ( wysiwyg ) . I read an online article recently that said websites that use simple text instead of hand coding aren't taken seriously by web search engines . The author went on to say that if any web owner is serious about putting up great websites they should learn html/css . I came to yola because I didn't know complicated web stuff . But the author really but doubts into my head . Anyone more knowledgeable please comment . I wish I could find the site but I forgot to bookmark it . Comment regarding websites in wysiwyg vs hand coded sites appreciated .
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Hi Bob

You said that you came to Yola because it was uncomplicated. This is the great thing about Yola. It offers to people who are new to this web-building stuff, the tools needed to create a site for various reasons, whether it be personal, business, information, etc... On the flip side, it also allows more advanced users to implement HTML, CSS and some javascript. It's the best of both worlds!

In my personal opinion, what matters most to get your site optimized on search engines, is how you've promoted your site. You need to learn the language of SEO, what they look for and how to incorporate them into your site. Yola has great tutorials on how this can be done.


Once you feel comfortable with the wysiwyg, then you may want to start exploring more advanced tools such as the HTML and CSS. Yola's forum is really great in assisting users to implement the more advanced coding.

Remember, it's a process! Your site does not become listed overnight. It takes time. It helps too when you keep your site updated and adding new content. The search engines are not always reliable either. You will discover that on some days, you may rank high, and other days, a bit lower.

I hope that my comments do not bring further confusion! If they do, I do apologize. Please always feel free to ask for more clarification or questions. =)
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Very interesting thread! Quite a few great lines in here I think I am going to be "borrowing"! Thank you everyone for your contributions.

Bob: the primary elements search engines use to evaluate your site are:
1) Quality, targeted and frequently updated content.
2) How many other quality, related sites link to you.

If you are concerned about search engine ranking I encourage you to take a look at the tutorials suggested on this thread, as they will explain how to select the right keywords and rank well for them. I also encourage you to watch our upcoming SEO webinar on July 15 (more info to follow shortly!)

As the others on this thread testify, Yola gives you a chance of success without the daunting prospect of learning HTML and CSS, although as you progress you can dabble in this to the level that interests you. In the meantime I really don't see how you will be penalized for letting Yola worry about your site code for you!

If you ever do come across the article again, please post the link as I would then be able to make more substantive comments on the critiques raised against WYSIWIG site builders.

In the meantime, just devote your time to putting great content on your site that will be of value to your visitors and leave the search engines to figure out that you have a quality site!