I actually do Drupal as a living and that i such as the system. However I have been intrigued by Plone and desired to learn rid of it to broad base my understanding of CMSes generally. I have performed around with Plone previously and was both mesmerized and offended because of it -- with respect to the day.

However again here's what I saw as the benefits of Plone

  • Python sweet Python
  • Built on fight hardened and uber mature Zope 2
  • Zope 3 style that is available these days in Zope 2 also and for that reason in Plone
  • Objects and never SQL
  • True separation of configuration and content (unlike Drupal where configuration and submissions are totally confused within the database)
  • Very effective system to create custom content types (regrettably not using a UI)

Nevertheless it surprised me that there is nothing which i may find equal to sights ( http://drupal.org/project/sights ) which taxonomy (i.e. classification) wasn't an initial class citizen. Every Plone product appeared to consider its very own method of taxonomy. Overall, though I loved its extreme and idealistic approach, it always struck me that everything am darn hard to accomplish inside it.

I have really been wishing for Plone to achieve success and each couple of several weeks will explore its Nourishes only to return dejected.

I decided to try out Plone 4. The brand new feature list in Plone 4 was totally underwhelming in my experience ( http://plone.org/items/plone/features ).

Drupal 7 additional features ( http://drupalcode.org/viewvc/drupal/drupal/CHANGELOG.txt?revision=1.373&view=markup) and Wordpress 3 ( http://codex.wordpress.org/Version_3. ) appear to possess done tons more within their new major releases.

Furthermore alternative to Archetypes through Skill ( http://plone.org/items/skill/documentation/faq/how-is-skill-related-to-archetypes/view ) is another great advance. So while Plone 4 itself might be a noticable difference over 3.x could it be enough to help keep Plone within the reckoning among other CMSes?

That can bring me to my question:

Is Plone on the steady decline? What is the way forward for Plone? Am I wrong during my assessment that Plone isn't adding functionality and features in the rate some of the best tier CMSes are?

This http://world wide web.google.com/trends?q=plone appears to verify my fears.

Must I give Plone 4 an attempt making it my "second" Content management systems?

Allow me to obtain the prejudice taken care of first: I am among the co-founders of Plone, so model of that what you should. )

Plone 4 is in lots of ways an "intermediary" release — the initial plan was to really make it right into a large release with new UI approach (new layout system Deco), enhanced type definition system (Skill) and enhanced theming story (presently known to as XDV, title will most likely change).

On the way, we recognized that people needed a more compact release before we did that, therefore the major enhancements got pressed to an alternative Plone 5 milestone, and Plone 4 was converted into a infrastructure / cleanup type release.

With this goal in your mind, they shipped the quickest Plone yet (it trounces Drupal, Joomla and WordPress for speed), enhanced lots of extremely important infrastructure (files are actually saved outdoors from the database, it uses a smaller amount memory than previously, and scales better to many parallel demands).

The innovation continues to be ongoing, now that Plone 4 has gone out, we are fully centered on delivering Plone 5, that ought to have many of the additional features and enhancements which were initially planned as Plone 4. Meanwhile, we now have an very solid and fast base for you to use, and deploy clients on.

You may also make take advantage of many of the Plone 5 tech in Plone 4 already — good examples range from the aforementioned Skill type definition system, the XDV theming system, and many other infrastructure enhancements such as the Chameleon template language (adds ~50% speedup for many pages).

So, no — we're not adding features at any reduced pace — if you consider the source code background and activity rather than Google Trends (which is not a really helpful metric for something as niche like a Content management systems system), you'll notice that you will find more active designers and much more code enhancements than in the past.