[Evangelism] Plone's Market Share

Scott Paley scott at abstractedge.com
Wed Feb 25 18:00:00 UTC 2009

I had the exact same discussion with Tim a few years back while at the
O'Reilly Comdex booth (where we were demo'ing Plone after Plone won an
online contest to see which open source projects would be featured there).
Of course, that was probably 4 or 5 years ago now...

2009/2/25 Nate Aune <natea at jazkarta.com>

> Don't forget to mention that Plone has had over a million downloads as of
> July 2007.http://plone.org/news/plone-reaches-1-million-downloads
> I was in discussions with an editor at O'Reilly a few years ago about
> writing a Plone book, and supposedly the idea of a Plone book was shot down
> by Tim O'Reilly himself because he didn't feel that the market was large
> enough. Which is why having some statistics would be very beneficial, to
> show that there is in fact a large market for Plone.
> Nate
> On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 5:25 PM, Matt Hamilton <matth at netsight.co.uk>wrote:
>> On 24 Feb 2009, at 21:59, Calvin Hendryx-Parker wrote:
>>  Hi All,
>>> I finally heard back from the Webcast Producer at O'Reilly Media and they
>>> need a bit of convincing before they would be willing to move forward with a
>>> Plone based version of what they did for Drupal last fall.  Basically this
>>> is their question:
>>> "I'm not unwilling to test the waters, but can you give me an idea of
>>> what you would consider the (Plone) market share to be?"
>>> Where can I find this type of information so we can put together an
>>> argument about why Plone should even get their coverage?
>> I guess its hard to answer exactly what Plone's market share is, as I
>> guess it depends what you define the market as.  I mean, Plone won best
>> non-PHP Open Source CMS Award from Packt, so I guess it would be fair to say
>> that it's market share of 'non-php Open Source CMSes' would be pretty large
>> ;)
>> 'What percentage of websites run Plone?' would be a tiny tiny percentage
>> if you are looking at all websites worldwide... then again its probabaly
>> larger than many commercial CMSes out there.
>> These sort of figures are what Karl Horek has been trying to work out on
>> his Plone Metrics blog http://plonemetrics.blogspot.com/
>> Since Oreilly are big on Open Source... a figure such as 'Plone is in the
>> top 5% of Open Source projects' or some such would be possibly of use.  I
>> can't remember if that stat is right, or the source... maybe someone else
>> here can find the actual figure and source.
>> -Matt
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