My disclaimer: I’m a Business Guy NOT a Geek

We are pleased to announce that WordPress has won the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. WordPress has won this Award for the first time in the past four years, earning itself a place in the Hall of Fame category for the Award next year. www.packtpub.com

WordPress accomplished 3 things as a CMS that Joomla, Drupal, et al. have not:

  1. Created a demand for their product.
  2. Normalized Technology.
  3. Empowered the End User / Customer.

Here’s how it breaks down from a end user’s perspective.

Demand: Cheap reliable hosting. Quality Open Source Projects. Social Media & Networking. Desire to chime-in with “my 2 cents“. Wanting to “cash in“. Fear of being “left behind“. Easily Available technical support. All combining into a Perfect Storm to help re-brand WordPress as a CMS and get people online, NOW.

Normalized Technology: It’s cool to put up a website/blog at wordpress.com or blogger and see you first article published in 10 to 15 minutes. User got a sense that “it can’t be that hard to do this stuff” look what I was able to do in 10 minutes. As online publishing became easier so did support for noobies. Anyone can get the answer to virtually any technical question or problem is less that a day. The more problems a user tries to solve, the more quickly the terms and distinctions are learned and the faster the answer can be found.

Empowered Users: After years of being held hostage, screwed taken advantage of by webmasters and techies, users are so ready to make small changes themselves to their websites. WordPress.com showed people that a “widget-ized” & “template-ized” site for FREE may work almost as good as the site they paid $1,000s of just 18 to 24 months earlier. Some then discovered WordPress.org and complete control over their website and BAM – a new generation of webmasters learning the ropes.

Lastly, WordPress started to re-brand themselves as a CMS about 18 to 24 months ago about the time I started my “Business Development though Web Integration” business. I looked at Joomla, Drupal, SiteInfinity, Xoops, ModX, WordPress, anything and every thing that I could find as “Open Source CMS”. I chose to start with WordPress because of WordPressMu (WPMU), lots of quality theme options & SEO friendliness.

Like most noobies, I just wanted a decent looking site that worked. And I wanted the site live quickly… WordPress did all that, Superbly. Happy, empowered users VOTE. WordPress won!