Also like last year, I'm taking the liberty of translating IdealWare's scoring of None, Fair, Solid, Excellent into 0, 1, 2, 3. The result is the following table.
|Ease of Hosting and Installation||3||3||3||1|
|Ease of Setup: Simple Site||3||2||2||1|
|Ease of Setup: Complex Site||3||3||2||2|
|Ease of Use: Content Editors||3||2||2||3|
|Ease of Use: Site Administrator||3||2||2||2|
|Accessibility and Search Engine Optimization||2||3||1||3|
|User Roles and Workflow||1||3||2||3|
|Community/Web 2.0 Functionality||3||2||3||2|
|Extending and Integrating||3||3||3||3|
Once again there is only a small spread in the scores, about 6%, well below the 10% of 2009. All CMS's here are improving quickly. Reviewers still hold Plone's non-LAMP hosting model against it, giving it a Fair for hosting and installation. I beg to differ with them about setting up a simple site. Once the software is installed, Plone's out-of-the-box feature set solves a wide range of CMS use-cases with a minimum of fuss.
What I stated last year still stands:
"Its always nice to see good scores and the fact that Idealware chose Plone along with only 3 other serious open source systems is high praise in and of itself. Idealware should be complimented for having a transparent methodology, a relatively neutral approach, and giving good press to four worthwhile systems.I urge those shopping for a CMS to weigh the scores according to your needs and requirements. If ease of use for content contributors, SEO excellence, and security are key features, Plone clearly comes out ahead. Go ahead and cut-and-paste my table into a spreadsheet, change the values, play with different weights, and then be sure to take a test drive** before you make a deep and lasting commitment. Changing CMS in mid-stream is not a simple task--take the long view and get it right the first time.
"Still, I can't stress enough that your specific, unique requirements must drive your choice for a CMS. Don't let someone else's numbers blind you to what you and your community of users need to accomplish."
** Try a Plone demo site of your own at Six Feet Up or request a free Plone site at Objectis.