What is Open Source?
Open source software is software that is free to use, without the requirement of a buying a licence. Normally the software is developed by volunteers who form part of a broader community of like minded people, although sometimes companies donate their software as open source, with the goal of charging for ancillary services such as support, training and enhanced versions.
What are the business benefits of open source?
- Reduced business risk. Imagine you have invested in a proprietary CMS developed by a web design agency. What happens if it needs amending? You’ll have to return to the same company and pay whatever they’re demanding. If they go out of business, your CMS goes down with them.
- Reduced Cost. No license costs and with any proprietary system, the price you pay also includes the R&D cost of developing the system. With Open source, you don’t pay for any licensing or R&D costs.
Open source equates to less risk and less cost.
If you have any questions about the suitability of Open Source, please call us on 01162 793 822 and we'll help talk you through the best choices for you.
What is a Content Management System?
A Content Management System (CMS) enables a website’s owner to update their website without having to pay or wait for their web designer. It enables your business to respond rapidly to changing circumstances, meaning your website is harnessed as the leading edge communications vehicle for your company. There are now what seems like hundreds of open source CMS to choose from.
Which Open Source CMS to use?
Depending upon your requirements, we recommend one of three alternative open source Content Management Systems. Using just a web browser, with the look and feel governed by a powerful templating system, your website can be updated anytime, any place.
Wordpress is an ideal solution for the smaller personal or company website. Easy to manage and update, Wordpress is recognised as being simple to use and manage, and successful in search engine optimisation.
Who uses WordPress?
For larger or more complex websites, we recommend Joomla!, another open source CMS. Powerful and full featured, Joomla! meets the needs of the most demanding users, and has features such as user registration, polls, newsletters, feedback forms, etc., straight out of the box. Joomla!! also has a wide range of 3rd party components that help extend your website.
Who uses Joomla!!?
For websites that are more like a bespoke application, or that includes a considerable element of custom code, we recommend Drupal, another leading open source CMS. Drupal is more a platform or framework than a finished product and requires more effort to get into a production state. However, it's a more powerful framework than either Joomla!! or Wordpress.
Who uses Drupal?
Which is right for you?
For the simpler site, we recommend Wordpress. If you think that your website will grow or move towards ecommerce, Joomla! is a more flexible solution. If you need to integrate a lot of bespoke features, then you might need to consider Drupal. However, if you do require a bespoke CMS, we can build one for you too, using either PHP, Java or Ruby on Rails.
Why not give us a call on 01162 793 822 and let us help you decide which is best for you.