WordPress Wins Hall of Fame CMS Award

WordPress is a really good platform and has made blogging easier for millions of people including us. It has won several accolades in the past, but this year they went one step ahead by winning the Hall of Fame CMS Award at the Open Source Awards 2010.

Open Source Awards 2010

The hall of Fame CMS award is awarded to a CMS which has won the Open Source CMS award at least once, and WordPress was a winner last year. The first runner up for the Hall of Fame CMS awards was Drupal, followed by Joomla.

This year, CMS Made Simple won the open source CMS award and was followed by SilverStripe and MODx. Here is wishing WordPress and all the other winners a hearty congratulations. Open Source and blogging would not have been the same without you folks.

Outbrain – Excellent Related Posts Alternative For LinkWithin and YARPP

Outbrain LogoI have been a big fan or Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP) which also can be used to display images in related posts and also has a in-built template to do it now. However, I had to drop YARPP from the site due to it being database intensive. After YARPP, I started using LinkWithin, which provided a good solution to integrate related posts through a third-party service.

LinkWithin Related Posts Problem

After using LinkWithin for a while I wasn’t that happy with the performance and also got complaints from out team about it using advertising images as post images if none existed in the post itself. (Check screenshot above)

Now, I was trying to find a related posts plugin which did not use internal database resources and was really good. That was when I stumbled across Outbrain. Outbrain is an excellent third-party related posts widget, which works pretty well and also provides users with an option to view post click statistics and also make money by placing links to external sites in the related sites widget.

The click-through rate on Outbrain is pretty impressive too and users usually see a click through rate of anywhere between 3-12%. Another good thing about Outbrain widget is that it blends into your website without having to do any CSS manipulations.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Techie Buzz Recommended Software

Outbrain Related posts widget can be used on WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad and almost any type of website you have using a JavaScript code. The plus point of this widget is that it does not use your database and is perfect for a high traffic site and that is also provides you with easy stats. Oh and yes it also has a recommendation widget using which people can rate your post.