CMS Critic Awards

The CMS Critic Awards were started several years ago in order to fill a gap that was missing in the business software industry. While there have been similar awards in the past that have been given out, none have been truly focused on ensuring fair exposure and opportunity to all players in the market. This is the reason the CMS Critic awards were created.

People's Choice: Nominations and votes come from the community and the project with the most votes is declared the winner.

Critic's Choice: Chosen by the editor of CMS Critic.


RULES

  • Companies that offer incentives in exchange for votes or nominations will be disqualified. These awards are about fairness, not buying votes or nominations as this is not ethical.
  • You may only vote once.

2019 Winners (People's Choice)

Best Free CMS

Joomla! – https://www.joomla.org/

Best Flat File CMS

Grav – https://getgrav.org

Best Open Source CMS

Django CMS – https://www.django-cms.org/

Best Enterprise CMS

Umbraco – https://umbraco.com/

Best E-Commerce Solution

Shopify – https://www.cmscritic.com/shopify

Best Headless CMS

Cosmic JS – https://cosmicjs.com/

Best Website Builder

Duda – https://www.duda.co

Best Static Site Generator

Publii – https://getpublii.com/


2018 Winners List

Best Free CMS

Joomla!

Best Flat File CMS

October CMS

Best Open Source Enterprise CMS

Umbraco

Best CMS for Publishers

Quintype

Best Headless CMS

Netlify

Best eCommerce Solutions

Shopify

Best Website Builder

Squarespace

2017 Winners List

Here is the final list of winners for the 2017 People's Choice portion of our awards as selected by YOU, the reader.

(Note: If you don't see your favorite CMS listed, it's because it was not submitted for a nomination by any users for a nomination this year. There's always next year!)

Best Cloud CMS

  • Winner: Agility CMS
  • Runner up: Kentico Cloud

Best CMS for SMB (Small to Midsize Business)

  • Winner: Craft CMS
  • Runner up: Processwire

Best CRM Solution

  • Winner: SugarCRM
  • Runner up: HubSpot

Best E-commerce Solution

  • Winner: OpenCart
  • Runner up: nopCommerce

Best Email Marketing Solution

  • Winner: ConvertKit
  • Runner up: Sendy

Best Enterprise CMS

  • Winner: Pimcore
  • Runner up: eZ Platform

Best Flat File CMS

  • Winner: Grav CMS
  • Runner up: Statamic

Best Forum Solution

  • Winner: Discourse
  • Runner up: Vanilla Forums

Best Free CMS

  • Winner: Joomla!
  • Runner up: WordPress

Best Hosting Company

  • Winner: Bluehost
  • Runner up: DreamHost

Best Marketing Automation Solution

  • Winner: Mautic
  • Runner up: HubSpot

Best Open Source CMS

  • Winner: CMS Made Simple
  • Runner up: SilverStripe

Best Social Network Solution

  • Winner: SocialEngine
  • Runner up: phpFox

Best Theme Provider

  • Winner: YOOtheme
  • Runner up: RocketTheme

Best Website Builder

  • Winner: Squarespace
  • Runner up: Weebly

Best WordPress Alternative

  • Winner: Craft CMS
  • Runner up: Pagekit

2016 Winners

Best Blogging Software – Bolt CMS
Best Open Source CMS – Grav
Best Website Builder – Weebly
Best Free CMS – Joomla!
Best New CMS – Pagekit
Best Enterprise CMS – eZ Platform
Best Small Business CMS – ProcessWire
Best Cloud CMS – Solodev
Best Document Management System – LogicalDOC
Best CMS for Education – Cascade Server
Best Intranet Software – Igloo Software
Best Enterprise Portal – Magentrix Portals
Best Social Network Software – Social Engine
Best eCommerce Software – PrestaShop
Best Marketing Automation Software – Hootsuite
Best Forum Software – Discourse
Best Client Relationship Management Software – HubSpot
Best Analytics Platform – Clicky
Best WordPress Managed Hosting – WP Engine
Best Hosting Provider – Bluehost

2015 Winners

Best Enterprise CMS – Cascade Server
Best CMS for Marketers – Sitefinity
Best CMS for Photographers – Format
Best Free CMS – Joomla
Best Open Source CMS – Django CMS
Best CMS for Communities – Black Monk
Best Social Network Software – SocialEngine
Best Marketing Automation Software – HubSpot
Best CMS for Designers – Concrete5
Best Cloud CMS – Agility CMS
Best eCommerce for SMB – NopCommerce
Best Blogging Platform – Medium
Best Wiki Software – MediaWiki
Best CMS for Education – Moodle
Best CMS for Personal Websites – WordPress
Best CMS for Small to Midsize Business – Ingeniux
Best Enterprise Portal – Liferay
Best CMS for Publishers – eZ Platform
Best eCommerce for Enterprise – Prestashop
Best Forum Software – NodeBB
Best Intranet Software – Confluence
Best CMS for Developers – Craft CMS

2014 Winners

Critic's Choice

Best Free PHP CMS – Processwire
Best Free JAVA CMS – Hippo
Best Free .NET CMS – Composite C1
Best Open Source PHP CMS – WordPress
Best Open Source JAVA CMS – Nuxeo
Best Open Source .NET CMS – Umbraco
Best SMB PHP CMS – Craft CMS
Best SMB JAVA CMS – Jahia
Best SMB .NET CMS – DNN Evoq Content
Best Enterprise PHP CMS – Drupal
Best Enterprise JAVA CMS – Jahia
Best Enterprise .NET CMS – Sitefinity
Best CMS for Corporate Intranets – Bitrix 24
Best eCommerce for SMB – BigCommerce
Best Enterprise eCommerce – BigCommerce
Best Free Forum – myBB
Best Commercial Forum – Get Satisfaction
Best Cloud CMS for SMB – dotCMS
Best Cloud CMS for Enterprise – CrownPeak
Best Website Builder – Weebly
Most Promising CMS – Ghost
Most Innovative CMS – Sitecore

People’s Choice

Best Enterprise CMS (Other Langs) – Mura CMS
Best Enterprise .NET CMS – Sitecore
Best Enterprise Java CMS – Hippo
Best Enterprise PHP CMS – Drupal
Best Commercial Forum and Best Free Forum – Vanilla Forums
Best Small to Midsize Business PHP CMS – CMS Made Simple
Best Small to Midsize Business JAVA CMS – Percussion
Best Small to Midsize Business NET CMS – Orchard
Best eCommerce for SMB – Prestashop
Best eCommerce for Enterprise – Prestashop
Best CMS for Corporate Intranets – Liferay
Best Cloud CMS For Enterprise – Acquia
Best Website Builder – Wix
Best Cloud CMS for SMB – LightCMS
Best Open Source PHP CMS – Joomla!
Best Open Source JAVA CMS – Magnolia
Best Open Source NET CMS – Sageframe
Best Free .NET CMS – DNN Platform
Best Free JAVA CMS – Magnolia
Best Free PHP CMS – Concrete5

2013 Winners

Critic's Choice

Best Open Source CMS – Hippo
Best Free CMS – Drupal
Best Small to Midsize Business CMS – eZ Publish
Best Enterprise CMS – Sitecore
Best ECommerce Solution – Magento
Best Website Builder – Squarespace
Best Forum Solution – Vanilla Forums
Best Social Networking Solution – DNN Evoq Social
Best Hosted / Cloud CMS – Acquia Cloud

People's Choice

Best Open Source CMS – MODX
Best Free CMS – WordPress
Best Small to Midsize Business CMS – DNN Evoq Content
Best Enterprise CMS – Sitecore
Best ECommerce Solution – Shopify
Best Website Builder – Adobe Business Catalyst
Best Forum Solution – Vanilla Forums
Best Social Networking Solution – Social Engine
Best Hosted / Cloud CMS – Acquia Cloud

2012 Winners

Critic's Choice CMS Awards Winners

Best Open Source CMS – MODx
Best Free CMS – ProcessWire
Best Small to Midsize Business CMS – DotNetNuke
Best Enterprise CMS – Adobe CQ
Best Budget CMS – CMS Made Simple
Best Website Builder – Squarespace
Best Social Networking Solution – phpFox

People's Choice CMS Awards Winners

Best Open Source CMS – Concrete5
Best Free CMS – Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
Best Small to Midsize Business CMS – DotNetNuke
Best Enterprise CMS – Liferay
Best Budget CMS – Concrete5
Best Website Builder – Squarespace
Best Social Networking Solution – Oxwall