One of the reasons it’s fun to work with WordPress is the often self-deprecatory nature of the humor of the developers.
When a company can afford to poke fun at itself or risk minimizing its achievements, you should immediately know that this is a sign of great confidence.
In the case of WordPress, it is well-deserved!
For example, read this announcement on their blog a couple of days ago:
WordPress Wins CMS Award
by Matt Mullenweg (founder of WordPress)
I was just informed that WordPress, in head-to-head voting against Joomla and Drupal, has won this year’s Open Source CMS Hall of Fame award.
We have to be careful because if this trend continues people might think WordPress is a real CMS, useful for more than just a blog. This would ruin our stealth campaign and might bring dozens of new users to the WordPress community. If you could keep this on the DL we’d appreciate it.
We don’t want WordPress to develop a reputation.
Full blog: http://wordpress.org/news/2010/11/cms-award/
WordPress was competing with two of the ‘heavy-duty’ market-leader Content Management Systems and won the Hall of Fame Award.
Drupal and Joomla!, the two losing nominations, are both excellent products, but they are 16-wheeler trucks compared to the size and speed of WordPress. With an extensive array of templates and thousands of plugins it is possible to deliver a fully-functioning WordPress website in a matter of minutes.
Oh no. Daylight Websites recently took an existing website, chose a suitable template, ported the existing content, added some SEO and had a new live website in just over a week. The original porting and development work was accomplished in just two hours.
The cost to the client reflected this speed – way under $1,000! You try and do that with a non-WordPress approach …
The client, secureRAD, LLC, a Medical Imaging Services company in Maryland, was so pleased with the new look and functionality, they made a number of extra additions and changes. The resulting WordPress-driven website is already drawing new organic traffic and is attracting applause from a number of their clients and contacts.
WordPress is a remarkable environment and one which richly deserves it’s success.
We’re sorry about the ‘stealth campaign’ Matt. You blew it, not us!