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Drupal, Joomla! among finalists for open-source CMS award

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UK-based Packt Publishing has announced the finalists for its Open Source CMS Award: CMS Made Simple, Drupal, e107, Joomla!, and PHP-Fusion. The overall winning project, scheduled to be announced in November, will receive $5,000, with an additional $15,000 distributed among runners-up and subcategory winners.

These content-management systems (CMSs) were selected through an online nomination process in July and August. A final winner will be chosen from the five nominees from the votes of three human judges and a virtual judge that represents the winner of the final voting round.

Drupal and Joomla! are among the most well-known open-source CMSs. They, along with Plone, were Packt's top three CM systems in last year's contest.

New to this year's finalist list are CMS Made Simple, e107 and PHP-Fusion. CMS Made Simple lives up to its name: it is indeed simple, but limited in its feature set, as is PHP-Fusion. The e107 system provides more features and flexibility. A finalist last year, it was lauded for its flexibility and ease of installation.

Of this year's five finalists, only Drupal natively supports version control -- the ability to track changes to site content and roll back to previous versions. It's also the only one to support content staging, although that requires an add-on module.

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