According to a recent survey released by W3Techs, the Microsoft stack still lags behind in the educational sector for CMS use. Between Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla, they take a combined 64.7% of the CMS being used by .edu domains. At the top of the .NET based content management systems is Ektron, followed by SharePoint, and then DotNetNuke. My favorite, DNN takes just 3.4% of the sector.
Looking at what they have for overall use of DNN (meaning all domains), 56.9% are using version 4, followed by 23.4% using version 3. Only a measly 2% are using version 6, and they don't even list version 7. I'm assuming there just aren't enough sites using version 7, that it doesn't warrant being listed. That really doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If the numbers are true, then I would guess there would be a lot of opportunity for DNN partners looking to do upgrade services. The number of implementations are steady, but they're just not upgrading.
The lack of upgrades in the DNN world contrasts significantly with it's LAMP counterparts. Looking at Wordpress, and Drupal, the majority of the implementations are running the current version of the stack. Are there more people qualified in house to upgrade LAMP, than CMSs running on the .NET stack? Why is there such a difference? The one note is Joomla, which isn't a surprise since it appears to be a sinking ship, as developers are moving away from it.
Some information they list on sites running DNN, one which I knew about is F5 Networks, they have been using DNN for the DevCentral site for years, back in a previous role I had I administered their BigIP, and I remember the site using DNN. Some conversations I had on the phone with them recently, they said they were moving over the public website to DNN. It appears that may have already occurred.
But still it makes me wonder with the lack of upgrades going on in the DNN world, is it's popularity is waning?
Popular sites using DotNetNuke
Random selection of sites using DotNetNuke
Sites using DotNetNuke only recently
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