What Are the Benefits of Using an Open Source CMS for Your Business Website?
Businesses of all sizes should consider an Open Source CMS for their website needs when it comes to security, custom development as well as ongoing support.
Did you know that the three most popular content management systems are run on open source software? It’s true!
Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress all use open source software to power their frameworks and give end users software for free or nearly free.
Meanwhile, developers take advantage of the fact they can go into the source code of the frameworks and create their own products to work with these popular programs. The end result is a seemingly endless selection of themes, plugins, and widgets that simply work when you install them onto the software framework. And if it doesn’t? You can go back to the well and find something that does. It’s just that easy.
Open source software offers the same benefits as closed source software with an additional angle: Developers tend to support their work for far longer than closed source software providers. That means you get the security and comfort of knowing you can keep using something that works perfectly for your needs for as long as you’d like. Why? Because you can always find someone to work on the code even if the original developer has decided to stop supporting their software.
Here are just a few organizations and institutions that use the WordPress open source cms to power their websites:
- BBC America
- charity: water
- CURE International
- Georgia State University
- Boston University Office of Admissions
- Anderson Cooper 360
- The New York Times Company
As you can see, these are some pretty big players, and they’re all using WordPress. Thousands of organizations just like these use open source cms to run their websites because they are more often than not; easier to customize, typically more cost effective, easier to support and maintain, and usually integrate with 3rd party apps and software much better.
With open source software, you can keep your software up to date, never worry about obsolescence, and don’t have to keep learning how to use new programs because a developer doesn’t want to support its older products. Check out the infographic below to learn more about how open source software has changed the way people build websites.
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