The registration booths don't open for another 10 days and the moment of truth for what is being called the Ultimate Showdown of Content Management System Destiny is not until 11:30am on March 16th. Nevertheless, the teams competing for the prized moment of Web CMS glory have had their sleeves rolled-up for a while now, and their competition websites have just been turned in and are now available for public viewing and, of course, critiquing.
At the 2009 SxSW event our dear CMS topic is getting a rare moment in the spotlight. This year a little CMS pit fight has been cooked up, Iron Chef style.
We're pretty far from convinced that such events are very useful to customers trying to select a new content management system, but like the web idol events CMSWire readers are familiar with, they can be a little educational. Mostly though they're just a bit of fun and a good opportunity for vendors, open source projects or consulting shops to strut their latest stuff.
The content management showdown — a concept put together by George DeMet, owner of interactive firm Palantir.net — is a face off with three teams of web developers from the Drupal (news, site), Joomla! (news, site) and WordPress (news, site) communities competing against each other. The task is to develop the same website with each of their chosen open source web content management systems.
As an aside, the EE team does appear to be readying their 2.0 version for an near beta sneek peek at SxSW. That should be interesting for PHP CMS geeks as well.
Other participants include Drupal team members Jeff Eaton, Larry Garfield, and John Wilkins, and Joomla! team members Ryan Ozimek, Amy Stephen, and Alex Kempens. Tiffany Farriss has also been assisting with the project specification/requirements, and the site's design concepts were developed by renowned interactive designer Mark Boulton, author of the recently published “Five Simple Steps: A Practical Guide to Designing for the Web”.
- Colleen Carroll — Sr Leader Dev Services, Palantir.net
- George DeMet — Owner, Palantir.net
- Matt Mullenweg — Founder, Automattic/WordPress
- Steve Fisher — Creative Director, Idea Market
Once all the teams have finished building their sites, they will be turned over to Mark Boulton, who will evaluate how well each team articulated the design concept, as well as to the Planatir.net community leadership consultant, who will evaluate how easy each site is to use.
Planatir will also be testing the sites for things like validation, page weight, number of lines of custom code, etc. These results will be presented at SXSW, and then the audience will get to offer their opinion on which site is the overall winner.