As the year 2010 draws to a close, we are pleased to share two recent reports comparing numerous CMS solutions where Joomla! proves to be a top contender:

Idealware

idealware

Idealware (www.idealware.org) is a non-profit organization in the US that provides software research for the non-profit community.  This report, titled “2010 Comparing Open Source Content Management Systems: WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal and Plone” not only gives high rankings to the Joomla project, but also reports, “The final tally showed Joomla as the market leader, followed by WordPress, then Drupal, then Plone.”

water & stone

water & stone

Additionally, Joomla! does very well as a community-driven project alongside corporate-supported Wordpress and Drupal in the "2010 Open Source CMS Market Share Report" published by Water & Stone (www.waterandstone.com). Referred to as "The Big Three", the report concludes that Wordpress, Joomla! and Drupal remain firmly in command of the market. The report assesses 20 Open Source Content Management Systems on a variety of metrics related to Rate of Adoption and Brand Strength.

Together may all who contribute to Joomla! celebrate and take pride in these findings!

Joomla! Community Magazine

The December issue of the Joomla Community Magazine is here!

In this issue, we have made some usability improvements based on recommendations offered by Merav Knafo in her Joomla.org Magazine Usability Testing Report. Thank you Merav and Steve Bickel for your willingness to take a look at the JCM and point out some areas where we can improve!

Also, we give our special thanks to the members of the Joomla! community who are contributing authors in this month's issue: Lukas Polak, Parth Lawate, Jarrod Nettles, and Merav Knafo.

Andrew Eddie looks to the future of Joomla

At the recent Leadership Team summit in San Jose, CA, the Production Leadership Team discussed the best ways to outline the path forward for Joomla Development. The outcome was a vision statement as part of the strategy for focusing efforts as part of our new iterative approach to development.

The vision statement defines the desired goals with the next release and provides an inspiration point for potential additional related goals. It also helps the team and community in making better decisions. This doesn’t mean that features outside the scope of the vision statement won’t be considered and/or included, but they may have a reduced chance since they deviate from the vision. The vision for the next release is "Rediscover Content" and outlined below.