CMS Made Simple Wins the 2010 Open Source CMS Award

CMS Made Simple is the winner in Packt Publishing's Open Source CMS Award category of the 2010 Open Source Awards. CMS Made Simple has won this Award for the first time in the past five years, having been a presence in the Award since 2007. Packt also announced  SilverStripe as first runner up with MODx in the second runners up position.

I had the privilege of sitting as a judge in this year's Open Source CMS Award category. My vote was a little different from the official award ranking where I would have placed mojoPortal, another 2010 award finalist, in a runnerup position.  I may have been the only judge that may have ranked mojoPortal in the top three positions. As I've done similarly in past years, in the near future I'll post how I judged the finalists in this category. However, it is now CMS Made Simple's well deserved moment and I won't take the spotlight away from them with my personal ramblings.

Attached below is the official press release I received from Packt Publishing announcing CMS Made Simple as the winner of the Open Source CMS Award. Congratulations to all those involved int he development and support of this great open source CMS.

Birmingham, UK. 19 November 2010 -  Packt Publishing is pleased to announce that CMS Made Simple has won the Open Source CMS Award category in the 2010 Open Source Awards. CMS Made Simple has won this Award for the first time in the past five years, having been a presence in the Award since 2007.

“This really tops off a great year for all of us!  Our development team bonded more than ever this year at the Geek Moot in Amsterdam where we came together from all corners of the world. The results of that did not pass by unnoticed. I want to thank them and also our dedicated community members for the fantastic cooperation that has led us here today.” Said CMS Made Simple founder Ted Kulp.

Robert Campbell, CMS Made Simple project manager added, “We value the recognition we've received through this award. It motivates us more than ever to continue our mission to provide the best CMS for professional web designers and developers.”

“CMS Made Simple is extremely easy to install and configure, whilst having lots of features, functionality and providing helpful and highly readable documentation.” Said Karen A. Coombs, Open Source writer, Product Manager for OCLC Developer Network and one of the judges for the Open Source CMS category. “The system is fantastic to use from a content editor, designer, developer and administrator perspective.”

While CMS Made Simple occupied the top spot in the 2010 Open Source CMS category, extremely popular finalist SilverStripe, who grabbed the second runners up spot in last year’s Open Source CMS Award, secured the first runner up position. MODx, the first runners up in the 2009 Open Source CMS Award, this year will have to settle for the second runners up position.

This announcement marks the last day of the 2010 Open Source Award. The Award continued to be a great success with over 7,000 nominations received and over 24,000 votes received across six categories.

About the Open Source Awards

The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects. The Award, formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award, is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward a wide range of Open Source projects.

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