Benefits Of Building A Website With Open Source Software

By on August 6, 2018

When it comes to building a website, we are faced with a variety of decisions that needs to be made. One of the most important decisions we should make while building a website, is choosing a CMS (content management system). There are two main categories of software available for developers, open source and proprietary. Open source Web Development software is software which is created by a developer’s community, that has the option to be freely used, changed, and shared by anyone. The authors of open source source code, make it available to others who would like to view the code, copy it, learn from it, alter it, or share it. It includes programming technology like Linux and MySQL and other popular Content Management Systems like WordPress and Joomla. Proprietary software, on the other hand, is software that is owned by an individual or a company, has restrictions on how it can be used, and its source code is almost always kept secret.

Open Source Web Development has gained a lot of traction in the past few decades. No wonder today a majority of the websites on the internet are powered by open source technologies.

Here are few benefits of building a website with open source software:

Open culture: If you have ever been to an open source convention, you will typically notice a very casual atmosphere, quite non-business like. There is a general attitude of not competition but collaboration.The open source community is interested in providing a solution for the betterment of themselves and their client’s, rather than giving access to the information for personal gain.

Flexibility and Freedom: Open source software is not owned by any individual or company. So it doesn’t have the constraints and limitations in terms of customizing the code that a proprietary CMS might have. Open source code offers developers with the flexibility to develop software and change the source code as per business requirements of various codes. There is no vendor lock in and developers can freely use the products in any fashion they wish to. There will be no one questioning as to why you used the software in a particular way and there will be no licensing issues.Since anyone can use the software, there are virtually no restrictions on its use, neither it needs to be protected with anti-piracy measures like a product activation or serial number.

One thing to keep in mind is since it is free to use and open to the public, there are many developers out there using the software. This gives you a lot of flexibility. If you are unhappy with your current developer, there are many others that you can employ.

Cost: Open source software has a zero purchase value. Since open source software can be assessed by anybody, it’s virtually free to use and the only cost is for labor. This lets you  allocate your budget to find the right developer to implement the software.

It also offers free upgrades and makes the code available for those enthusiasts who wish to modify the code. Open source software also has lower security risks and reduces administration load.

Proprietary software is costly on the other hand. The costs are licensing costs, the cost of mandatory virus protection, ongoing upgrade expenses and that associated with being unable to tamper it. As a result proprietary software is much more expensive than its open source software counterpart.

Zero dependency: Open source software is independent of the company or author that originally created it. Even if the company fails, the code will continue to exist and be developed by its users. Similarly, if your website is built with open source technology, it is much easier to move it from one digital agency to another, which is not possible if it was built using proprietary software.

Security: Anybody can view and modify an open source software. Therefore a worldwide community of developers are regularly finding and correcting errors that a program’s original authors might have missed. Also, there is no permission required from the original authors, and so open source software is generally fixed, updated, and upgraded quickly. On the other hand, proprietary software is always slower in releasing security updates because of the formal process it must go through.

Maintenance: When you use a proprietary software such as Microsoft Windows, you need to keep upgrading both the software and hardware. Open source software, on the other hand doesn’t require to be upgraded every now and then, meaning that you can run it well even on older hardware. Ultimately its you who decides when it’s time to upgrade.

Thus there are many benefits associated with open source software and it will continue to rule the roost in the suture as well.

About Jade Gardner

Jade Gardner is a Marketing Manager a Hire Php Developer. She is a resident of United Kingdom. Jade is also an experienced Php developer. She also likes to share her thoughts , cms development, PHP Development Company, and web development techniques.
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