CMS Report's Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2011

When I read the stories we post here at CMS Report, I am reminded how quickly the CMS market continues to evolve and mature. Every year, I worry that there is nothing "new" to write about in this information system niche only to have the developer, user, or owner of a CMS push another new story idea toward my screen. This time around when looking for the top ten content management stories of the year, I concluded we didn't have ten great CMS stories for 2011. Instead, I found more than two dozen great CMS stories for 2011.

Below are the top ten stories of 2011 that were posted here at The stories in this list are ranked based on the rate they were viewed since they first appeared at

Top Ten Content Management Stories of 2011

  1. The 2011 Open Source Awards
  2. Google+ first week of use review
  3. 10 New Content Management Systems via CMS Focus
  4. Another new term: Social Content Management
  5. CMS Expo 2011 Series
  6. Liferay Marketplace and Liferay Portal 6.1
  7. CMS Redefined: Cloud. Mobile. Social
  8. CMS Report upgrades to Drupal 7
  9. DotNetNuke, Drupal, Liferay, and SharePoint in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals
  10. CMS in the Fast Lane: Joomla! 1.7

Social media, conferences, and open source were the larger influences for the type of stories CMS Report bought to you this year. If you read between the lines, there is a specific theme in these stories and it has to do with community and relationships.

You will want to note that some of the better articles written here were not written by me but instead others that are fully engaged in the CMS community. We have Thomas Svenson to thank for his Google+ article (#2) as well as Shaun Walker for his CMS Redefined post (#7).

Also, please take note that the headline with CMS Expo 2011 listed in fifth place for top stories is actually a series of articles I wrote during my days at the conference. In the series you'll read about a number of CMSs that were featured at the Expo including TYPO3, Plone, Silverstripe, DotNetNuke, Accrisoft, Umbraco, Joomla, and Drupal. CMS Report will again be a media sponsor for the upcoming CMS Expo 2012 (hope to see you there).

In last year's top ten list, I wrote that I hoped to make some changes in 2011 that all our readers would appreciate and value. Changes did indeed take place. You saw a redesigned theme to go along with our upgrade our our Drupal CMS.  We also recalibrated our focus on the top 30 CMSs we write about here onsite. However, in my opinion we didn't go far enough and you deserve better. In 2012, if everything falls into place, will be seeing it's most significant changes since the site was founded. I'm still working out the details, but if we follow through on a number of proposals I think you'll soon find us revealing the improvements and agility needed to deliver our continued unique perspective of today's content management systems. Stay tuned to future announcements!