CMSWire in partnership with Water And Stone has released their 2009 Open Source CMS Market Share report. The report is free if you care to dive in and look at look at the results which were comprised of over 1,000 respondents. I don’t think anyone will be surprised to know that the top three systems represented in the survey are Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. However, unlike last year, all three switched top metrics with Joomla taking the popularity prize. However, WordPress dominated the brand strength category. According to CMSWire, they think that having two projects with the same name contributed a large part to the branding strength of WordPress. WordPress.com the free hosting service enables users to get their feet wet encouraging them later on to take the plunge to self install WordPress. To veterans in the WordPress community, this branding is a nightmare but it’s obviously had a positive effect in terms of mind share.
I encourage you to take a look through the report to find more detailed information on some of the different metrics that the big three swapped around. It’s good to know though that WordPress is still at the top of it’s game with Joomla and Drupal each holding their ground. It’s a win-win for end users and consumers alike as we have three top tier platforms to choose from.