PacktPub 2008 Winner

A panel of judges and thousands of voters have put SilverStripe on the global stage today!

Each year, the high profile Open Source CMS awards are run by Packt Publishing, a U.K. based publisher of hundreds of technical books on software and web development.

Judged a finalist in the 2007 awards, SilverStripe has just been announced a winner by Packtpub:

"SilverStripe is today exclusively revealed as the winner of the 2008 Most Promising Open Source Content Management System. The SilverStripe project receive $2,000, holding off strong competition from CMS Made Simple in the first runner up position with ImpressCMS and MiaCMS finishing joint second runner up.

It received universal approval from the judges for its features and was praised as an excellent option for companies who want a powerful open source website that is professionally created and well supported. The judges were complimentary about SilverStripe’s scalability, use of Ajax, its healthy community and the impressive levels of input on the forums from its developers."

We're absolutely thrilled that we can use the prize money to top up supporting our upcoming release, and how this award lets us celebrate our focus and hard work on the project. The award also reiterates just how sucessful our decision to go open source has been, which in large part comes down to you, our community of users, developers, and contributors! Thank you!

Judges' feedback

Elliot Smith wrote on his blog (and which turned up on PlanetRubyOnRails):

I was personally impressed by the slickness of the interface, and by the fact that it has been designed to scale well to large websites. The developers have obviously thought carefully about the architecture, and are aiming for the "CMS plus web platform" approach of Drupal. I was also personally impressed by the responsiveness of the development team, their willingness to work in the community, and the clarity of their vision for the product. Worthy winners. Give it a look.

Bryan Ruby also gave some insights at his website,, and promised to explain more soon:

My vote also went for SilverStripe followed by ImpressCMS for second place and CMS Made Simple for third place.  Since I wasn't sure how the other judges on the panel were going to vote, I'm always a little nervous of being too far off from the consensus.  Needless to say, I feel validated.  In a few days, I'll throw my notes online for how I ranked all five finalists in the most promising category. 

Sam Minnee named one of 24 most valued open source CMS people in 2008.

In addition, SilverStripe project founder Sam Minnee has also been recognised as one of the world's most valued people in supporting open source CMS projects. Given he is the programmer and software architect most responsible for the SilverStripe project, this is a well-deserved accolade!

Meza BarCelebrate with us tonight in London!

The core Wellington team took a moment to celebrate all of this with a few bottles of bubbles. However if you're in London, be sure to meet with Ingo Schommer and Tim Copeland and celebrate at today's London SilverStripe meetup which is being held at:

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Many congratulations from Holland! The recognition was way overdue! Keep up the fantastic work, and cheers!

Posted on 3 Nov 2008 by Blue

Thanks for all the kind words! I've noticed that Elliot Smith and Bryan Ruby, two of the judges, published their thoughts online. Updated the blog post above with their quotes :)

Posted on 1 Nov 2008 by Sigurd Magnusson

Congratulations from rural Missouri, USA, where the candles are ready in their pumpkins and 'Haunted Hamburger' is on the menu in this cafe on the square. The cafe will soon have its website managed by SilverStripe, I'm proud to say. And I hope very much to be contributing to the promise over the coming months.

Posted on 1 Nov 2008 by Toby Champion

Congrats from Holland !! Wise choice from the jury.

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Fuzz10

Congratulations from Germany! Excellent work!

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Claudia & Andy

Congrats guys. Awesome stuff!

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Team at Inform

Congratulations! The award also reaffirms to me that about a year ago I chose the right content management system from the billions of CMS choices out there ;) And I didn't regret it even one minute.

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Anatol

Awesome!! Congratulations

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Cameron

Congratulations! You have an excellent product. We are just finishing our first project and hope to use if for many more....

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Bruce Letterle

I am So happy for you guys! Makes me proud too to have been part of the team even for a short while. And Sam, you are the best!

Posted on 31 Oct 2008 by Dolly Villacorte