Came across this report today [1]. Not sure about the conclusion or methodology used BUT what struck me is the report uses many different metrics to determine popularity. The list of metrics could potentially make for a good todo of areas where could do more to make plone popular.

For instance:

Weekly download rate: Report didn't have data on plone so perhaps we could report the download count?

Development services on elance etc: These figures weren't too good for plone but I'd say that's mainly because Plone IMO seems to have more professional services companies and less solo developers than other platforms. I'm not sure what we could do to improve this but perhaps more of us should sign up these services if only to show that there really are a lot of plone companies out there?

SEO: Interesting that plone doesn't even appear for the google search "cms" (drupal and joomla and #2 and #3) Even something called "plume" is in there? Perhaps we're using "content management system" instead of CMS too much in plone.org content/frontpage? The most relevent hits on plone.org search for CMS aren't pretty light on content. Anyone else have any ideas?

Mindshare: Search activity etc has been talked about enough. They also looked at twitter activity but not for plone. Traditional media mentions, Blog mentions, google/facebook/myspace groups etc... I guess we're doing everything we can do about that.

Demo popularity on opensourcecms.com being used as a metric is annoying since it's PHP only. There has been talk of having a live demo on plone.org. I'm sure someone has looked at this before but opensourcecms allows offside demos so I can't see why they wouldn't link to a demo.plone.org if it was available. They also use the ratings on opensourcecms.com.

Ultimately it's a report on popularity which doesn't mean "good" and their conclusions on plone are pretty weak since they seem to be based only on google activity results but interesting where we could spread our evangelism efforts.


Dylan Jay, Plone Solutions Manager

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