Developers and users of five content management systems (CMS) have been anxiously waiting for Packt Publishing to announce the winner of their Packt Open Source CMS Award. Packt Publishing is expected to announce on Tuesday, November 14th, the top three CMS along with the winner.
The winning CMS will get US $5,000, the second will get US $3,000 and the third placed finalist will get US $2,000.
As I mentioned a couple months ago, the top five CMS were nominated by the public are all that remain eligible for the award. Those five CMS include:
As we reported earlier this month, a new version of Joomla! is near completion. The development team has released Joomla! 1.5 beta to allow for testing, identify bugs, and offer feedback to the developers. The following is an excerpt from an official announcement at joomla.org:
Exactly one year ago, Joomla! 1.0 was released. Today, Joomla! releases the next generation framework built from the ground up. Joomla! 1.5 beta delivers more simplicity for the user and much more power for developers. The innovation and skill of our development team is clearly setting higher and higher standards...
It was announced by Joomla.org that the Beta for Joomla! 1.5 is expected to be released on October 12th. Some of the goals and features that are to be included in this new version of the content management system are:
Substantial improvement in usability, manageability, and scalability. The project team's goal is to improve Joomla! "far beyond the original Mambo foundations".
Expanded accessibility to support internationalisation, double-byte characters and Right-to-Left support for Arabic and Hebrew languages.
Additional integration of external applications through Web Services and remote authentication such as the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).
Enhanced content delivery, template and presentation capabilities to support accessibility standards and content delivery to any destination.
A more sustainable and flexible framework for component and extension developers.
Deliver backward compatibility with previous releases of components, templates, modules and other extensions.
The folks at Joomla.org continue to point out the success they have had since leaving the confines of the Mambo Content Management System (CMS). While we are glad to see their numbers are up, we believe that Joomla isn't alone in seeing those numbers climb. Just yesterday the folks at Drupal.org was making the same claim during their release of Drupal 4.7.
CMS Report has observed that Web CMS in general are seeing an increase in widespread adoption by the masses. Our theory as to why this is happening? We believe that while CMS has reached critical mass in Canada, Europe, and Asia...it has only been in recent years that CMS are being understood and adopted by those in the United States. Perhaps early adopter of the Web, the United States is only now ready for the paradigm shift currently taking place on the Internet with static HTML pages being fully replaced by CMS applications. These are just some early observations for future discussion here at CMS Report. Stay tuned!