Most CMS Sites Use Wordpress While the Largest Budgets Go to Drupal DevelopersCMS platforms enable business and individuals to launch a web site, blog or online application and to easily manage the content within. Although the platforms are known for their ease of use, launching something that is beyond basic requires professional help. In the CMS freelance world this might mean a developer, a graphic designer, an SEO expert and other professionals. DoNanza's report reveals several interesting facts about how the rivaling CMS/Blogging platforms fared in the third quarter of 2010, most notably WordPress, Joomla and Drupal
CMS Professional Project Demand is Showing Extraordinary GrowthCMS project counts are growing rapidly, quarter over quarter, with an average growth of 49 percent. There is no reduction in project count for any of the CMS platforms.
Wordpress is Peerless in Terms of Demand for Professionals
Drupal Professionals are the Highest Earning
Different CMS Platforms Call for Different Skills; Some Platforms are Easy to Use, Some, Like Drupal, Require Site Building Freelance Work, and Others, Like Joomla, Are into 3rd Party DevelopmentProjects data also shows the difference in project type depending on the CMS/Blogging Platform.
Site Development as % of Total Projects
3rd party Development as % of total projects
Q3/2010 - The top 50 Requested SkillsChanges in Top 50 Requested Work-from-Home Skills Show a Rise in iPad and Android Development
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Mobile Application Development Growing at a Healthy Clip
- According to the DoNanza Universe, iPhone Application development project counts have increased by 43 percent compared to the previous quarter, keeping in line with the general growth in freelance jobs. On the other hand, Android Development projects almost doubled with 99 percent growth (increasing their rank by 20 places) growth and iPad projects growing 75 percent (increasing their rank by 12 places).
- Average budget size for iPad development increased to $1800 with Android coming in close by at $1770. But the popularity of iPhone application development also means the market may be experiencing a glut of work-at-home developers, as iPhone application development budget sizes have dropped from an average of $1750 last quarter to $1430 this quarter.
Online Ecommerce Infrastructure Shows Virtuemart Gaining MomentumIn terms of ecommerce infrastructure projects, Magento is the highest ranking skill, at # 38, with oscommerece coming in at # 53 (not shown in the table). However, Virtuemart projects, the Joomla e-commerce platform, grew at 137 percent with Magento and oscommerce at 50 percent and 42 percent and Zen cart lagging at 29 percent growth.
Online Freelance Jobs Growing RapidlyA key finding is that work-from-home project counts increased by a hefty 45 percent over the previous quarter. Most of the projects required skills in software development or graphic design, while marketing, writing and translation projects were popular as well. "The freelance economy is showing strong growth", said Kotzer. "The increase in project count shows that businesses and individuals understand that finding an online freelancer is not an exotic choice to run a business. It is becoming mainstream, with the best value for money. We know this firsthand – DoNanza has tens of excellent freelancers under its hood."