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.

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Voting is now open for the 2017 CMS Critic Awards.

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Here is the final list of nominees for the 2016 People's Choice portion of our awards as selected by YOU, the reader.

(Note: If you don't see your favourite CMS listed, it's because it was not submitted for a nomination by any of users for a nomination this year. There's always next year! We're looking at you, WordPress fans.)

Note: The winning platform will show as bolded and green below as they are announced.

2016 Nominees

Best Blogging Software

  1. Bolt CMS
  2. Grav CMS
  3. Postleaf

Best Website Builder

  1. Moto CMS
  2. Wix
  3. Weebly

Best Free CMS

  1. Joomla!
  2. ProcessWire
  3. Pagekit

Best Open Source CMS

  1. ProcessWire
  2. Bolt
  3. Grav

Best New CMS

  1. ucraft
  2. Pagekit
  3. Asgard CMS

Best Enterprise CMS

  1. eZ Platform
  2. dotCMS
  3. Liferay

Best Small Business CMS

  1. Kirby
  2. ProcessWire
  3. MODx

Best Cloud CMS

  1. Solodev
  2. Umbraco Cloud
  3. Agility CMS

Best Document Management System

  1. eFileCabinet
  2. LogicalDOC

Best CMS for Education

  1. Cascade Server
  2. Moodle
  3. Grav

Best Intranet Software

  1. Igloo Software
  2. Magentrix Portals
  3. Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware

Best Enterprise Portal

  1. Igloo Software
  2. Magentrix Portals
  3. Liferay

Best Social Network Software

  1. Ribbl
  2. Social Engine
  3. phpFox

Best eCommerce Software

  1. PrestaShop
  2. Virto Commerce
  3. nopCommerce

Best Marketing Automation Software

  1. HubSpot
  2. Hootsuite
  3. Mautic

Best Forum Software

  1. Discourse
  2. Vanilla Forums
  3. Plush Forums

Best CRM

  1. Agile CRM
  2. HubSpot
  3. Sugar CRM

Best Analytics Platform

  1. Piwik
  2. Clicky

Best WordPress Managed Hosting

  1. WP Engine
  2. Pressidium
  3. Flywheel

Best Hosting Provider

  1. InMotion
  2. Bluehost

Past Winners

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