WordPress Wins Content Management System Award

In mid-November, WordPress® won the Overall Best Open Source CMS Award in the 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. WordPress has been nominated in the Overall Best Open Source CMS category 4 years in a row. It’s win this year makes it eligible for the Hall of Fame category in 2010.

There were over 12,000 nominations and over 23,000 votes. Awards were given in 5 CMS (Content Management System) categories;

  1. Overall Best Open Source CMS
  2. Most Promising Open Source CMS
  3. Best Open Source PHP CMS
  4. Best Other [non-PHP] Open Source CMS
  5. Hall of Fame Award

Since 2004, Adventures Online has been installing and customizing WordPress® blogs for its customers. WordPress has grown from a bare-bones blog post management system into a full-blown CMS, and, Adventures Online has experienced the growing pains and triumphs of its journey. Congrats to the WordPress developers!

While pleased with the progress, I have concerns about the “fat” that has been added in order to support being a CMS and the “assumptions” the WordPress editor “intuits” regarding the formatting of text. The most recent versions of WordPress produce less search-engine-friendly behind-the-scenes code, store multiple versions of posts for infinity, add links to other posts in the Comments section as if they were real comments by people, and make (sometimes maddening) decisions about what the human editor intends in formatting.

On my wishlist for future features are:

  1. The ability to purge versions of posts by number. Like “Keep the Previous “n” Versions of Posts” where “n” is a number (2, 6, 10) filled in by the Admin user.
  2. The ability to decide whether links to previous posts should be added to the Comments section or not. Like “Add Links to Previous Posts to Comments” Yes___  No___   
  3. The ability for edits made in HTML to “stick” for the life of the post/page. As in “do what I have written and don’t re-interpret it to your liking”. 

Moving forward, Adventures Online will continue to promote WordPress…with a cautious eye to the future.

What’s on your wishlist for WordPress? Use Comments to tell us what you would like to see.

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