Having been a part of a few Content Management System (CMS) selections for universities both as a committee member and as a vendor, I’ve learned a bit about selection committees. The typical process for selecting a CMS in higher education is:
I think of myself as a WordPress advocate. A fanatic at times but in general a cheerleader for the simplicity and extensibility of the WordPress platform. It really is a flexible platform with a rabid following. It has the largest community and most installs of any CMS bar none. It’s also very easy for anyone to use – well almost anyone. I still run into the occasional person that thinks it’s back-frontwards. But it didn’t reach the level of popularity it enjoys today without doing something right. So I was a tad surprised at myself when I had a chance to vote for WordPress as a viable CMS for our university – George Mason University – and I voted against it. Let me start a bit further back.