On Monday, Packt Publishing announced the five finalists in each category of its 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award. The five categories are Most Promising, Best PHP CMS, Best Other (Non-PHP) CMS, Best Social Networking CMS, and Overall Winner. In the finals stage, the public as a whole is eligible to vote for each category through October 26th. While that may seem like a long time for the polls to be open, I'd encourage you to vote early so that you have no excuse for why your favorite CMS didn't make it to the winners list.
Around this time last year, Packt Publishing announced the "top five" finalists for their award (no separate categories in 2006). In 2006, those CMS projects that made it to the finalist list included Drupal, e107, Joomla, Plone, and Xoops. When those five CMS were announced, I chose to double my efforts on covering those applications here at CMS Report. Although the extra categories this year have brought quite a few more Open Source CMS into the foreground, I still don't see why I couldn't keep most of them on my CMS Focus radar scope. With 16,000 people nominating their favorite CMS for this award, that amount of generated interest is hard to ignore. Luckily, I already cover many of the CMS that did make it as a finalist...but there are still many new CMS on that list that will shake things up a bit here at CMSReport.com.
What this means is that you should see an increase in coverage on projects that are new to me such as PHP-Fusion, dotCMS, OpenEdit, and Elgg. However, since I like to list no more than 30 different CMS under my "CMS Focus" banner this will have an impact on some of the CMS that did not become finalists this year. As I have done in the past, I'll be dropping those CMS that haven't really made much of an impression on me and others lately.
Some of those CMS currently on my list, including Jaws, PunBB, and TikiWiki, will be easy to drop from "CMS Focus" as I haven't been covering them as much should have anyway. Others will be more difficult to drop and may yet still stay on the list. Those CMS that may be cut from "CMS Focus" include Mambo (oh how mighty the big have fallen), Nucleus CMS, Serendipity, XOOPS (I'm personally hoping they see a comeback), and Simple PHP Blog (my first blog - sniff, sniff). For any of the content management systems that do get removed from my own "Top 30", we'll still cover them from time to time but just not with the same gusto as we previously had hoped.
Finally it's time for my disclaimer. I am a judge this year for the Overall Winner category in Packt Publishing's Open Source CMS Award. As an "independent" judge I have no financial ties to Packt Publishing with my only reward is being able to vote for which top three CMS from the finalist list that I consider the best. Under consideration for the top CMS are factors which include "performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration and customization, scalability and security". Given this year's finalists, I don't think it will be that easy for me to pick my top three. I like them all!