Open Source CMS Awards 2009: My favorite Winner is…

Last week Packt has announced that Drupal has won both the best open source PHP CMS Category and the Hall of Fame new category. Having been one of the judges for the first category, I wish to share some thoughts about my number 1, 2 and 3.

My favorite CMS would have been WordPress, followed by Drupal and then Joomla! My decision was taken using a set of tools, analyzing a number of different metrics like type and dimension of the community, comments and code modularity, Q&A tools and processes, support available, documentation, roadmap and so forth.

Apparently WordPress is the most famous, as reports Dries Buytaert himself.

Beyond its popularity I like how WordPress roadmap take into account users’ ideas. The possibility to influence at some extent the roadmap is interesting, but WordPress web hosting at it is probably the principal reason why WordPress is famous (at least as a blog platform).

Even if WordPress didn’t win in my category, WordPress has been awarded the Overall Best Open Source CMS.

All open source CMS deserve attention, if in doubt which one to use, have a look at Open Source CMS matrix or go through QSOS CMS evaluation score cards.

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5 thoughts on “Open Source CMS Awards 2009: My favorite Winner is…

  1. As a long-time Joomla! user turned WP-convert, my feeling is that this is simply a recognition of what WP users have already known. I’m glad I finally made the switch. Congratulations.

  2. As a project manager who loves WordPress, I often get asked why is it the right CMS to use. At the end of the day it comes down to preference. Preference of the client and developer.

    However, at a meetup in San Diego recently on the discussion of what CMS to use, the leader of the discussion said the Open Source CMS matrix was a good place to get a comparison. The reality is that it is not a good source of information. The version of WP they are using for the comparison is 2.2.1 when the most recent is 2.9.1. Anyone who has worked with WP knows the improvements made between these versions are astounding and the main reason why WP just won the Best Open Source CMS in 2009.

    Great post on how to view a comparison.


  3. Hi Chris,

    you are definitely right saying that is a matter of preference, and public directories maybe outdated and have to be taken with a pinch of salt.

    Beyond personal preferences a number of metrics can help customers go open source, though. Recently I have been analyzing 4 open source selection methodologies, studying findings from 8 different research projects and assessing over 60 tools useful to measure software quality and other indicators, eventually creating a system for fast open source software selection. I’ll soon share some charts and reports comparing open source CMS and other open source applications walking through the system’s highlights, stay tuned!

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