Choosing Between Open Source or Proprietary Software
Website development is a large piece of a consistently changing puzzle. The first thing you need to for any website is a build a foundation. Building a website is a lot like building a home; where do you want your property? Is there room for growth? What’s the neighborhood like? In this case, there are two main neighborhoods, or groups, to choose from; Open Source and Proprietary.
Let’s start simply; what are they? Open Source refers to a program where the source code is available to the general public for use and modification from its original design free of charge. Sites like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal are all open source sites. This is a large development community of dedicated and creative developers.
On the flip side of open source, there is proprietary. Proprietary is typically seen as a disadvantage as it is privately owned and controlled. This makes it difficult to change platforms, modify, and update. Proprietary platforms are often outdated but there are a few companies that are still creating ripples such as, Oracle.
With each new innovation that’s created and with every leap we make in the website industry, the more proprietary is negatively viewed. This is mostly due to the simple fact that it’s not easy. It’s difficult to get changes made, if you decide to leave the service you cannot take your website with you, and there are more limitations that doesn’t allow for much growth.
Your website is the foundation to your business, it’s your home and your reputation. Don’t you want to ensure that your investment is protected and remains yours. Open source is the most efficient means in doing this. By choosing a provider that will work with you via platform, design, and communication, your website will mirror the hard work that’s put into it.