My top picks are drupal 7 and joomla! 1.7 and of course, WordPress . All are incorporating the best of each other.
WordPress – its ease-of-use and intuitive dashboard keeps it THE CMS for the blogger. According to Water&Stone Agency, WordPress still remains champ with the most downloads, most books about it, most freelance jobs, and GoogleRank.
WordPress 3.0 came out in the summer of 2010 and offered freat innovative features like: Custom Admin Username and Password, a responsive design/html5 default theme, easy to add Custom Headers, custom post types to the core, advanced menus, unified Updater, WordPress MultiSite (merge of WordPress core and WordPress MU), Simple Login Form and Automatic Security Keys.
With Version 3.3, they have upgraded the interface, tweaked it with a new Admin Bar, adding drag-and-drop advanced media uploader, children themes can now be more easily installed, administrative layout is responsive and comes with jQuery 1.7 & jQuery UI 1.8.16.
Joomla! – the designer’s choice with lots of themes and good collection of modules to add functionality – won the 2011 Packt Publishing award for the top open source CMS. The new 1.7 – summer of 2011, new features: TinyMCE upgrade, One-click upgrades of Joomla core files and extensions, batch processing for categories, menu items, and articles, cleaned up the admin interface, easier to identify and fix broken internal links on your site – redirect manager, made it easy to add a background image to custom html modules without editing or creating any new code.
Drupal with its versatility with cck, panels and views, permission extensibility, but at a cost of a larger learning curve and needing more themes! Awarded 1st Runner up, Best Open Source CMS for Performance and Best CMS for Best Community by 2011 Packt Publishing.
Drupal 7 is a total rehaul of drupal with a focus on a very clean simple and highly functional admin interface. Features include:
- Easier to use : an entirely revamped administrative interface makes your daily tasks easier to find and carry out. Many improvements were added specifically for site builders and content editors.
- More flexible : easy to define your own content structure and add custom fields to content, users, comments, and more.
- Extend your site with one of the over 800 modules already available for Drupal 7. And there are many new packaged Drupal with themes and unique functionality – Open Scholar, Hostmaster (Aegir), Hyperlocal News, OpenPublish, Commerce Kickstart , eRecruiter, News, OpenPublic and OpenChurch