Here is a breakdown of how the awards will work this year:
- Nominations Open: August 1, 2015 - October 1, 2015
- Nominees are selected: October 2-3, 2015
- Voting begins: October 15, 2015 - December 15, 2015
- Winners announcements begin: January 15, 2016 - January 30, 2016
August 1 - October 1, 2015 - Submissions for Award Consideration
This year, we are going to allow you to submit products for consideration for an award, similar to the way we do for the People's Choice portion of the awards. If you feel a product is deserving of an award in a specific category, you will be able to submit it for consideration.
Next stage: Judges discuss possible candidates
January 15, 2016 - January 30, 2016: Winners Announced
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How do you get your project nominated for a People's Choice Award?
There are some things you can do to help yourself get quality nominations. You can place either of these badges on your site and link them to the nomination page from the 15th on to help direct users here to submit their nomination. You can also help spread the word via social media, newsletters and blog posts. Ideally, the more people you reach, the more will learn of and contribute to the awards and in the end, help make them better.
Here are two badge options you can use (of course, you can create your own as well, we don't mind). Grab a badge, put it in a blog post, newsletter, share it on Twitter, Facebook or any other social network, put it on your website or wherever you wish and link it to http://awards.cmscritic.com/nominate/.
You can also use this handy code. Simply copy and paste it into your webpage:
Badge 1 (left):
<a href="http://awards.cmscritic.com/nominate/" img src="http://awards.cmscritic.com/site/assets/files/5126/nominate_us.png" </a>
Badge 2 (right):
<a href="http://awards.cmscritic.com/nominate/" img src="http://awards.cmscritic.com/site/assets/files/5126/nominate-us.png" </a>
Can I nominate in multiple categories?
Yes, you can nominate a CMS in multiple categories, HOWEVER, do not nominate something in a category that does not apply. For instance, do not nominate WordPress under Best Social Networking Solution because it's not applicable. Entries such as this will be discarded.
Who can nominate?
Anyone can submit a nomination BUT...
To nominate a products in a category you must share a link to a website that has been implemented by you or explain in what manner you've used the CMS first. Nominations that do not contain the proper responses will be discarded. We are not looking for blanket nominations from people who've never actually tried a product but just think it might fit something well. We are interested in only nominations from those with experience using the products they are nominating. We appreciate your cooperation with this.
How many nominations are required to get short listed?
We will assess both the quantity of nominations and the quality of them so it can depend. If we receive a large amount of fluff nominations without enough information as we requested, then we will look at the nominations with the proper information before short listing. We are working hard to eliminiate useless nominations and votes this year and to get to the best of the best.