Helping some friends put up a brochure website, I sifted through my blog daddy's Open Source CMS Evaluation and comments in which he picked up Drupal (with positive reviews about Joomla). I decided to go for Joomla after installing both. After ignoring some confusing terminology, Joomla's admin interface is easy and tempting, friends just picked it up without the need of lengthy training or tutorials. Admin concepts are easy to grasp, and everything follow a logical trend.
Here comes the but. For the simple brochure-website requirements of small businesses (I'd say 80% of the market), I think Joomla is overblown (albeit powerful). Drupal might have the same issue (I haven't tried it in a real implementation though – only testing). Small businesses (at least around here) have pretty limited requirements in terms of putting themselves online. Page CRUD, some images, cross links, simple layout and menues and that's almost it. With simplification and the target market in mind, there could be a market for YA-CMS.
The website is now up (Ayadco: Construction, Engineering, Electromechanical Sercies) with the marketing content fed by my friends. It is hosted via Network Egypt with a great price tag.
Today, I'll be attending a session on Drupal administration at OpenCraft by Manal Hassan and I'm tempted to explore Drupal further to see how it can be slimmed down and why it is the CMS of choice for many.