On Monday, Packt Publishing announced the five finalists in each category of its 2007 Open Source Content Management System Award. The five categories are Most Promising, Best PHP CMS, Best Other (Non-PHP) CMS, Best Social Networking CMS, and Overall Winner. In the finals stage, the public as a whole is eligible to vote for each category through October 26th. While that may seem like a long time for the polls to be open, I'd encourage you to vote early so that you have no excuse for why your favorite CMS didn't make it to the winners list.
Around this time last year, Packt Publishing announced the "top five" finalists for their award (no separate categories in 2006). In 2006, those CMS projects that made it to the finalist list included Drupal, e107, Joomla, Plone, and Xoops. When those five CMS were announced, I chose to double my efforts on covering those applications here at CMS Report. Although the extra categories this year have brought quite a few more Open Source CMS into the foreground, I still don't see why I couldn't keep most of them on my CMS Focus radar scope. With 16,000 people nominating their favorite CMS for this award, that amount of generated interest is hard to ignore. Luckily, I already cover many of the CMS that did make it as a finalist...but there are still many new CMS on that list that will shake things up a bit here at CMSReport.com.