This month marks a new milestone for CMS Report, the blog, news, and aggregated website turned three years old. When I wrote the first post, I wasn't quite sure where I wanted to take the site, but I knew my enthusiasm for Web content management systems would get me wherever I needed to go. Three years later, CMSReport.com has seen over 1,700 original articles posted at the site. Pleasing to me, not all of these posts were written by me as I have always appreciated the contributions of content by others here at the site.
During the life of CMSReport.com, I have occasionally been labeled by others as an expert in content management systems. I've never been comfortable with the expert label for a couple of reasons. First, I'm well aware of some very qualified leaders in the content management field that easily make me look like the amateur that I am. Secondly, the strength of CMS Report has really never come from what I know about CMS. Instead, I believe the strength and survival of this site has always been dependent on what I do not know about CMS but enthusiastically want to learn.
I've learned a lot about Web CMS since my early adventures into open source applications such as SMF, Wordpress, Drupal, and even Mambo. Today, we put focus on a mix of open source, propriety, community, and propriety content management systems. In all this time, I still believe my first observations for the need of sites like CMSReport.com hold true:
Building a site for the Internet, whether for business or personal use, can be overwhelming. Where do you start? Well that's the question I would like to help answer.
The primary mission of CMS Report remains to be to inform readers of the latest happenings in the world of content management systems. However, I've found that this information is best presented not with expert opinions but through the eyes of CMS enthusiasts such as me and yourself. Over the years, I've had a number of CEOs and developers talk about their CMS products, but it is their enthusiasm that they bring to this site and not their expertise in those products that continues to leave a lasting impression on me.
The best approach for discussing content management on this site is always evolving and remains open to debate. However, we will still continue to provide the information we do through three sources:
Finally, thank you for all the visitors, commenters, and contributers to CMSReport.com that have made this project well worth the time spent on this project. I have learned so much by all of you and hope to enjoy the ride for at least another three more years.
Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded CMSReport.com in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn about content management systems without the sales pitch. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Google+ and Twitter.