About Us

Welcome to CMS Report!

Our Introduction

CMS Report was founded in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers have a deep desire to visit online news site where they could learn about content management systems and content strategy on a website independent from the normal vendor environment.

Between 2017 and 2021 we were on a break as the site went offline and rebranded into socPub. Over the five year period of being offline we found the more diverse and interesting topics we published under the new website, our number of loyal CMS Report visitors to the website decreased in numbers. What made CMS Report once special to our readers was lost within a much larger diverse website.

Embracing niche sites once again, CMS Report in early 2021 returned online with a renewed focus on content management systems and content strategy. The environment for creating websites and managing content has changed significantly since our original site was in production. Yet, we find all these changes in the CMS space is intoxicating as it sets the stage for us to relearning what's new in content management along side of the reader.

We've also given the site its own Twitter account at @cmsreport that we encourage you to follow. 

Guest Authors

Our general guidelines for contributing articles to this site is that the content must not give the reader the impression that it is advertisement. The article should be written in American English. Links to other resources within the article are acceptable if reasonable in number and relevant to the article. We will moderate the article and if necessary edit the article before they are published. If any changes to the article are needed that is beyond minor editing, we will consult with you before I make the change or request you make the changes yourself. We hold the right to not publish your article for any reason. Additional details on the "rules" for submitting articles can be found in our Terms and Condition under "2. Responsibility of Contributors".

In order to submit your article, check our our Contact Us page.

Sponsorship and Advertisement Needs

Here is our message in bold and upfront: We do NOT accept paid content or paid links in articles. We will not respond to such offers.

What we do accept and need from you:

Individual Sponsorship

If you wish to support this website, please consider becoming a patron to our websites. Your support allows us to keep random advertisements at minimum on our pages. Your contribution will go toward maintaining our website as well as provide some incentives to our editor(s) to continue what they're doing. For the most part, our websites are a labor of love but if you do find value in what you read here, we do appreciate any financial support you can provide through our patron page.

Business or Corporate Sponsorship

For those wishing to advertise their business or service through a banner on our website, please offer a 30-Day Sponsor Patron tier. Our websites may be a labor of love but having sponsors let us know have something of value here. For your patronage, we'll provide our sponsors with a 300x250 banner space for 30 days on all three of our sites: CMS Report, socPub, and the After Work Pub. We will then need to contact each other so you can provide us an image of your banner. We'll also provide a SEO friendly link from the banner back to your personal, business, or company website.

Want to remain anonymous? Of course, if you wish to sponsor us without a shoutout and/or banner, that's perfectly fine too!

About the Editor(s)

Bryan Ruby, CMS Report

Bryan Ruby is owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded the site originally as CMS Report in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn more about content management systems. Since then he prefers to talk and write articles on a wide-range of topics that include marketing strategy, information technology, social media, software development, and consumer technology. Bryan continues to be an an active member in the content management and information technology community.

Outside of the late night blogging hours, he is the Information Technology Officer for a field office in the federal government. Prior to working as an information technologist he spent a decade as a forecast meteorologist with expertise in severe weather and radar meteorology.

Bryan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas and a M.S. in Administrative Studies/Information Systems from the University of South Dakota.

Away from the computer he enjoys his family, bicycling, motorcycling, camping, and the outdoors. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Twitter and read additional articles by him through his personal website found at BryanRuby.com.

History of this Website

The origin of CMS Report can be traced to Bryan's first site that focused on content management systems, the WebCMS Forum. If you never heard of it, you wouldn't be the first. Although the number of members at CMS Forum remained small, it had value. The forum was started because at the time the members saw a need to look beyond their own favorite CMS and acknowledge that there are other CMS applications out there also doing things right. WebCMS Forum provided a place where people could give open and honest opinions about the CMS they were using. By sharing web developers could learn from each other and build better sites, whether they were using using Joomla, Drupal, osCommerce, SMF, Wordpress, etc.

While the WebCMS Forum was intended for users and developers to discuss their favorite CMS applications, it became apparent that its format was not the best to point readers to the lates news regarding CMS. Where users opinions drove WebCMS Forum, it is the news that drives CMS Report. In the Spring of 2006, CMS Report was brought online and by 2007 the WebCMS Forum ceased to exist.

CMS Report's Milestones

April 2006 - CMS Report is officially online with the traditional "Hello World" message. While CMSReport.com had planned to run on Drupal 4.6, it gambled the developers knew what they were doing and instead ran the site using a beta of Drupal 4.7.

July 2006 - Marketing research tells us that most people prefer to not to log on a site to post comments. CMS Report offers anonymous comments with the help of Akismet spam protection.

January 2007 - Bryan upgrades CMS Report to Drupal 5.

February 2007 - We decide to limit our focus to thirty of the most interesting CMS out there. This decision formally begins our popular CMS Focus page.

March 2007 - OpenSourceCommunity.org goes online. Although CMS Report wasn't directly associated with the site, our two sites shared similar goals and interests. Although OSC.org is no more, it still influences how we run CMSReport.com today.

April 2007 - Our first book review, Pro Drupal Development, ushers in an onslaught of CMS related books (such as for Joomla! and Plone) from publishers. No one catches on that we're so cheap our photographer for those reviews was a three year old.

May 2007 - CMS Report decides to stop hosting its site on a virtual private/dedicated server (VPS/VDS) and go with cheap shared hosting. It was an opportunity to save money and write about our experience.

September 2007 - Disaster! Our experiment with using cheap shared hosting comes to a disaster and we're not fully functional for a few days.

Summer/Fall 2007 - Signs that CMS Report has relevance in the open source community. For the first time, Bryan is asked to be a judge for Packt Publishing's open source CMS awards.

Late 2007 - CMS Report becomes a "secret" beta site to test out Dries Buytaert's new project, Mollom. Mollom's web services allows us to monitor for potential spam without moderation.

February 2008 - By 2008, CMS Report had an audience and steady traffic. While other CMS news sites and blogs may have taken a more cautious approach, we wanted to prove that we still preferred to live on the cutting edge. CMS Report starts experimenting with release candidates of Drupal 6 on it's live production site!

January 2009 - CMS Report migrates over to Acquia Drupal and Acquia Network.

March 2009 - CMS Report begins using Acquia Search. By now, those folks over at Acquia either like us or scared of us. Luckily, we like what we see.

June 2009 - CMS Report begins to revamp the design, layout, and mission of the website. The goal is to not only increase traffic but to also make the place more inviting for people to contribute articles. The project is expected to be completed in the Fall.

November 2009 - After nine months of trying out shared hosting (again), CMS Report moves back to a virtual private server. We're just too busy and popular to run on anything but a virtual or dedicated server.

April 2010 - CMS Report goes to DrupalCon - San Francisco and meets lots of Drupal enthusiasts.

May 2011 - CMS Report goes to CMS Expo - Chicago and meets lots of CMS enthusiasts and some fantastic hosts.

June 2011 - CMS Report upgrades to Drupal 7.

September 2011 - CMS Report goes to the Liferay West Coast Symposium.

May 2012 - CMS Report goes to CMS Expo - Bryan Ruby, Editor, moderates a Drupal in the Clouds panel.

September 2012 - CMS Report migrates to the Agility CMS utilizing the Agility Magazine Publishing Suite.

October 2012 - CMS Report goes to the Liferay North America Symposium.

January 2013 - CMS Report's Bryan Ruby becomes a regular guest for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment.

May 2013 - CMS Report goes to 2013  CMS Expo. Bryan Ruby, Editor, moderates a panel of Cloud Solution experts. 

April 2014 - CMS Report celebrates eight years of being online.

December 2015 - Still known as CMS Report, the website begins a Deconstruction Project. A tear-down, build-up of the website removing what doesn't work (including the removal of around 2000 articles that no longer held value to the reader). This marks the beginning of transitioning CMS Report to socPub and our time on the Agility CMS platform comes to an end.

February 2016 - Bryan Ruby says goodbye to CMS Report as a writer. Continues managing and editing for the site.

April 2017 - CMS Report becomes socPub running on Drupal 8.

January 2022 - The return of CMS Report begins. This time, we're running CMS Report and two other sister sites (socPub and After Work Pub) on Drupal 9.