Packt Announced Finalists for 2009 Open Source CMS Awards
It's that time. Time to have a look at the finalists for the Packt Publishing (news, site) 2009 Open Source CMS Awards. Announced in August, the Open Source Awards offers US$ 24,000 in prizes to the best in open source content management solution.

Here's a look at who made the finalist list and what happens next.

There were over 12,000 nominations for these open source cms awards and Packt says voting at the top was very close, so every vote for the winner is going to count.

CMSWire has covered almost all of these web content management systems, so if you need some reminders of their features and functionality, have a look through our archives.

Best Overall Open Source CMS Award

  • DotNetNuke
  • MODx
  • SilverStripe   
  • Wordpress

Most Promising CMS

  • Manhali
  • ImpressCMS
  • Pligg
  • Pixie
  • Redaxscript

Best Open Source PHP CMS

  • Drupal
  • Joomla!
  • MODx
  • TypoLight
  • Wordpress

Best Other Open Source CMS

  • DotNetNuke
  • dotCMS
  • Mojo Portal
  • Plone
  • WebGUI

Hall of Fame

This is a new category this year designed for previous winners of the Best Overall Open Source CMS Award. In addition to voting for one of these Web CMSs, you also vote for sub-categories on Best Theme and Best Module (or Extension in Joomla!'s case).

  • Drupal
  • Joomla

Let the Voting Begin

It's time to start voting for the winners. As an added incentive Packt is giving away an 8GB iPod Touch to three randomly chosen voters from this stage of the contest, but you have to participate in an Open Source CMS Award survey.

Voting ends October 30 and the finalists are announced on November 9th.

Apart from public voting, there are a number of selected judges for each category. These judges come from the open source community and the content management industry. They make their selection from the list of top nominees as chosen by the public during this next phase.

What are the judges looking for when selecting the finalist? They look at things like performance, usability, accessibility, ease of configuration and customization, scalability and security.

Ok, it's time to start voting -- head over and have your say.