"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Sunday, January 18, 2009

CMS and Blogs

CMS Wire had a short bit about what technologies are popular amongst the top 100 blogs on Technorati. Not unexpectedly, WordPress ran away with that. One could argue (I would) that blogging tools are not full fledged CMS. Shouldn't be surprised that blogs are mostly run by blogging software.

Of note though, was this comment on more general tools:
Wider scope Web CMS technologies are not used much by the top blogs. Drupal scores 5 sites, with Plone used by 1. Other popular Web CMS platforms are conspicuous only by their absence.
Based on a tiny sample of only 100 blogs, ordinal rank might be more interesting than the raw number of sites run by a particular framework. In this case Blogger (powering this blog, for example) was 8th, Drupal 9th, and Plone 10th. (BTW, uThink was the Plone site that made it into Technorati's top 100 list, although one can't tell just by looking at the uThink source.)

To continue with my occasional data mining of Technorati, here's the blog stats on a few top-flight CMS.

CMS Posts Blogs Posts/Blog
SharePoint 35,015 1,290 27
Joomla! 39,018 1,475 26
Plone 2,339 105 22
DotNet Nuke 2,021 114 18
Drupal 29,806 2,192 14

Interestingly, Plone's posts/blog value has dropped from a runaway high of over 50 last April to a middle-of-the-road 22. All the CMSs are now within a couple percentage points of one another.

Quite unrelated to blog stats, another item to mention in passing is that World Plone Day has been nailed down and formally announced on Plone.org. Wednesday 22 April is the date for the 2009 event. Be there... worldwide.

Also unrelated to blog stats is of note here in the United States. President-Elect Obama has called for a national day of service and volunteer contribution tomorrow, January 19. One easy way to help is to give some time to your favorite open source project. Open source software is one of the most egalitarian efforts on the planet and everyone, everywhere can participate. Watch Darcy Hanning's Top Ten Ways to Get Involved with the Plone Community for ideas even (and especially) for the non-developer.

Finally, to close out this week's posting, I'd like to put in a plug for a concept I'll try to get off the ground next month: the Great Backyard Plone Count. It is a shameless knockoff of the Audubon Society's Great Backyard Bird Count and has largely the same goal: collect Plone site statistics from citizen observers. The concept note is over in the Plone Marketing section of Open Plans. An initial draft of the data collection spreadsheet is over at Google Docs, as is a draft one slide presentation/poster. Please feel free to provide feedback and critical thought.

And don't forget to check out the real Great Backyard Bird Count-- its powered by Plone.


duffyd said...

Hi Karl,
In the past, I have worked with the company that produced uThink and unfortunately though the site was originally developed in Plone it has since been moved to .Net

Martin Aspeli said...

I don't think anyone in the Plone community is losing any sleep over Wordpress being a more popular blogging platform. Plone is not a blogging platform, and blogging is not the focus of our work.

Interestingly, Aaron Vanderlip posted about something similar here: http://ruralmind.org:3704/2009/1/18/i-am-not-using-wordpress I think he makes a good point, that it's inappropriate to use the term CMS to describe anything that does web publishing and tagging. If your definition is that broad, then the results you get from analysis are not going to be very useful.


Schlepp said...

Thanks for clearing up the mystery, DuffyD. uThink didn't look like a Plone site in any way that I could recognize. That probably means the data is suspect and/or stale.

I absolutely agree with Martin that blogging is not a key area of Plone development, although the blogging products do a reasonable job of it. I had seen the Ruralmind posting and its very much on target. I liked his list of characteristics: usable, readable, configurable, and profound.

BTW, WordPress nets a count of over 300,000 blogs on Technorati. Of course, that's not because they're blogs about WordPress; they're blogs done with WordPress. And Technorati fails with a polite error when you ask for the number of WordPress postings.

leejor said...

One of Plone's great strength is the communities use of IRC for communications. I seldom post an email to the mailing lists anymore, #plone is were the action is at. However, #plone and the various other plone related irc channels are one of the few places on the internet invisible to google. As a result, plone's community appears to be smaller than it really is.

Schlepp said...

Leejor, I'll take it as an action item to get some metrics on #plone. Alas, my day-job prohibits IRC for security reasons (out-going, not in-coming), so I'm rarely on the line. Thanks for reminding me of a community communication channel, which I tend to ignore.

Ben said...

Great tips. Thanks!
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