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Old Forum Software and SEO
by escape2k
28 Aug 2019 17:32

I am still using Old Forum Software like
vBulletin 2 & 3
phpBB 2
Burning Board 2
and the like.

I cant help but i still like the old Software better than the new ones.
So i keep updating the old ones to new PHP/MYSQL Versions and the like.

There is only one thing the new systems do better in my opinion:
They have responsive templates, i do not care personally but a lot of people seem to visit and posts through their phones today.

So i am thinking of making the Themes from some of my old Forums Responsive.
For vBulletin 3.8.x i do not even have to do it, its already available to buy:
https://www.sultantheme.com/forum/?styleid=52
https://www.sultantheme.com/product/st-vb3-responsive/

But there is one thing.
I know almost nothing about SEO.

So the Question that bothers me is, the templates are very old (just look at the source code) and therefore different than those of modern software. Today people are using divs a lot and back than there was extensive use of tables for layout. (which i like better by the looks but its dated today)

So the question is, does the dated Templates have negative effects for SEO or not?
Ofcourse their are alot of other things for SEO also, i just want to know if the templates would be a Problem, and if so how much of a Problem.

Thanks,
escape2k

PS:
Please no "you should really upgrade" posts, thanks.

Dave 28 Aug 2019 17:44

Just keep in mind that responsive does not mean mobile friendly. The theme you linked is indeed responsive but not mobile friendly at all. You still have to tap very small hyperlinks to open threads and such.

When it comes to SEO, tables shouldn't have an impact on it. What matters is how the important data is displayed in template. (such as <p> for paragraphs, <h1>/<h2><h3> for headers, etc.) Sure vBulletin 5 might have better SEO but since you stick with older software there's not a whole lot you can do about it.

In Omnibus 28 Aug 2019 18:13

SEO is not some kind of mystery that requires technical knowledge.

SEO is building and designing a website for the least educated user.

If you build a site so a two year old can understand it that's good SEO.

You don't need "state of the art" software for good SEO although sometimes it does make the job easier.

lange 28 Aug 2019 20:03

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave (Post 2600427)
Just keep in mind that responsive does not mean mobile friendly. The theme you linked is indeed responsive but not mobile friendly at all. You still have to tap very small hyperlinks to open threads and such.

Hello Dave!

What do you think of mobile links on this demo forum? The links are too small on your mobile? I bought and use this responsive theme on my vb 3.8.11.

https://www.sultantheme.com/forum/index.php?styleid=2

ecochris 04 Nov 2019 18:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave (Post 2600427)
When it comes to SEO, tables shouldn't have an impact on it.

Not sure i agree with that as a specific statement. 10 years ago websites were often totally tables based and Google said they would penalise them from an SEO point of view as they load very slowly. The use of some tables were appropriate i.e. it is an actual table of data is fine

integrala 04 Dec 2019 18:37

Totally agree with ecochris but surely no one builds web pages with tables these days, do they?

propoly 07 Feb 2020 19:01

They may not build them now in tables, but how many are old and still tables based?

Mattwhf 11 Feb 2020 14:43

The theme has fastest loading and responsive then it will be good for SEO. Anyway, vB platform has more friendly with SEO then.

apexandy 06 May 2020 18:58

You're spot on the Matt, load speed is really key these days

dazzabass81 15 Jun 2020 18:45

Have you tried running your website through Google;s Page Speed Insights tool. Its well worth it

felixw 02 Sep 2020 19:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mattwhf (Post 2602013)
The theme has fastest loading and responsive then it will be good for SEO. Anyway, vB platform has more friendly with SEO then.

A fast loading site is great but one of Googles latest plays is outbound links to authoratitive sites to back up the claims on your site


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