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We made it!

2022 is officially in the books.

Well, almost. We’ve got one more job to do – but it’s a fun one.

Now that you’re being inundated with a litany of “top 10” and “best of” lists for film, music, books, and soups (blame that one on NPR's Chef Kathy Gunst), it’s time for the most important awards list of all…

(drum roll)

The CMS Critic Awards!

Okay, okay, enough with the fanfare. But can you blame us?

Since 2012, the CMS Critic Awards has held a special place within the CMS community. It’s the only platform of its kind that celebrates content management systems and related vendors across the market – from small to large – and highlights their innovation and service.

Each year, the CMS Critic Awards recognize a single winner in a variety of industry-specific categories such as Best Cloud CMSBest DXPBest Headless CMS, and more. Then, we share the results across media, along with our CMS Critic staff picks.

But it all begins with our People’s Choice Awards, where we put the power in your hands! Over the next few weeks, we invite you to nominate the platforms that rocked your world in 2022, so everyone can vote on their favorites – and a victor can be crowned.

How do I submit a nomination?

Good news: nominations are now officially open! You’ll have until January 20th, 2023 to submit your favorite platforms using the form on our website.

The rules are pretty simple: you can only submit one nomination, but you can nominate platforms in multiple categories. While we encourage you to highlight participation to your users and communities, companies that offer incentives of any kind will be disqualified from the contest.

Once we've tallied your submissions, we’ll pick the top three nominees in each category and open those to general voting shortly thereafter.

Ready to make your nominations? Click here to get started

What are this year’s categories?

Just like in previous years, we’re asking you to nominate your favorite platform in a range of categories. You’re not required to submit a choice for each, just the ones you care about. 

This year, we’re excited to introduce a few newcomers. First, with all the buzz around composable and MACH, we're giving you a chance to nominate the "Best Composable Solution." This is a broad category where multiple contenders could fit the bill, so we're curious to see what platforms make the cut. 

Getting a bit more granular, you can also submit your pick for the “Best Digital Experience Composition (DXC) Platform." With all the attention in the market – as well as guidance from Gartner and other industry watchers – it’s clear that DXC platforms are bringing new and innovative solutions to the stack.

Finally, to complement the headless CMS category, tell us which "Static Site Generator" is tops in your book. 

Here are the categories for your 2022 nominations:

  • Best Enterprise CMS
  • Best DXP
  • Best Free CMS
  • Best Flat File CMS
  • Best Open Source CMS
  • Best ECM (Enterprise Content Management)
  • Best E-Commerce Solution
  • Best Headless CMS
  • Best Headless Commerce Platform
  • Best Website Builder
  • Best Digital Experience Composition (DXC) Platform
  • Best Static Site Generator
  • Best Composable Solution

When will the top three nominees be released?

Nominations close on January 20th, and we’ll be announcing the top three nominees in the following days. At the same time, we’ll be opening up the general voting, so you can pick a winner from the crop. 

When will the final list of winners be published?

Right now, we’re planning to wrap general voting sometime in mid-to-late February 2023. Shortly after, we’ll release the winners of both the Critic's Choice and People's Choice Awards. Dates are subject to change without notice, but we’ll keep you posted on our website and via social media. 

We want to hear from you!

Since 2008, CMS Critic has been proud to report on the latest news and trends in the CMS industry. Our staff works tirelessly to provide interviews with movers and shakers and commentary from leading experts and authorities. Our mission is to help our readers make sense of the CMS and DX technology landscape, and support individuals and companies as they evaluate products in an increasingly complex marketplace. 

We love engaging with our community of platform partners and sponsors. We think it’s only fair that you have a chance to share your feedback on the best-performing systems. To that end, the People’s Choice Awards are decided by you – and as always, we're thrilled to have your participation.

Submit your nominations today and follow along for updates!


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