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What people want out of Plone

Ever wondered what other people think about our favorite CMS Plone? I did, so yesterday during my talk at the annual Dutch Plone mini-conf I asked. Before reading the rest of the post think about what feature you like and one that you miss most regarding Plone.

At the beginning of my presentation I handed out some post-its and markers. Each person was to write one feature they like best and one feature they missed the most. By adding a + (liked) or – (missed) to each paper we could easily let the papers go round and still make them out.

Jan Murre, who also works at Pareto, helped me with entering the data into text files during my talk. He used a simple Python script to automatically sort the results.

Thought of your favorite and most missed feature yet? Then scroll past Jan to see the results.


Votes Liked
5 Workflow
5 Flexibility
2 Community
2 Securitymodel
2 Standards
2 Extensible
2 Complete system out-of-the-box
1 Usability
1 Uniformity
1 Extensive
1 Python
1 Portlets
1 Manage and control branding
1 Folder structure
1 Open source
1 PAS (Plone’s authentication system)
1 In-site editing
1 Integration options
1 Security through using uncommon technology
1 Add-ons
Votes Missed
8 Performance
2 Kupu
2 Learning curve
1 Drag-drop support
1 Developer documentation
1 Bloat
1 Semantics
1 Database connectivity
1 Complete system out-of-the-box
1 Collections interface
1 Through the web editing of code etc.
1 Boilerplate (there is to much of it)
1 Agenda
1 No separate back-end for editing content
1 Flexibele layout
1 Categories
1 Collections
1 No automatic upgrade
1 Beer
1 Not enough themes
1 Heavy
1 Integration options
1 Layout for subsites

The audience consisted of both developers and actual end-users (though might have been a bit more technical people). After letting everyone know what the results where we started to discuss a few of these items.

Some of the negatives are already being worked (most people where looking forward to Plone 4 & 5 for performance improvements for instance). Others already have add-ons available (which could use some better marketing since not everyone knew about them).

The talk has been recorded so I might be able to give you more details at a later time on the specific discussions some of these points triggered. In the mean time please let me know what you thought of by adding a comment.