Open Source CMS. Its mobile-ready and user-friendly
Knowing how vital a robust Content Management System (CMS) is to the ongoing control of your website, you might now be interested to learn more about the benefits of an Open Source CMS.
A CMS is a CMS is a CMS, right? Not so fast. As with any software, the perfect execution is not created and launched first time ‘round. The platform changes and evolves as new technology allows additional functionality, old applications become obsolete and improvements are implemented based on user experience. Cue the new, improved, updated version 3.0, 4.0 or 5.0 that you need to buy and install. But with an Open Source CMS (such as Drupal CMS) your platform is constantly evolving, improving and updating without much effort on your behalf. Let’s explore what that really means.
Key benefits of Open Source
The main attribute of an Open Source software platform is that the technical code to build the site is readily available for anyone to use. And because of this, web developers the world over are free to tap into the code architecture and make improvements to the CMS’s core functionality.
What does this mean for users?
1. Community contribution
. Because Open Source platforms are accessed and evolved by a community of experts, any problems can be quickly answered and issues promptly resolved. The collaborative nature of the community environment delivers rapid improvements for all
2. Tight security.
This may seem counterintuitive given that anyone can access the code for an Open Source CMS. But this is also its advantage. Known security issues are shared and addressed with updates automatically distributed, dedicated security modules have been developed and additional security steps can be implemented at a local level by your developer.
3. More features
. Again, because of the broad community of experts contributing to the Open Source platform, a wider range of features are available. More contributors mean a wider breadth of experience and interests.
Whatever you craft as your website today needs to evolve with your business in future. An Open Source CMS is as flexible as your imagination, allowing endless add-ons, modifications and changes without needing to build a whole new site.
5. Better innovation.
Rather than relying on the expertise of a department of developers, an Open Source CMS utilises the skills of thousands of experts. Even the biggest digital agencies can’t claim that level of dedication, and with so many experts working for the bigger picture, innovation is at the forefront of every endeavour.
6. Extensive testing.
7. Frequent updates.
Everyone in the Open Source community has a vested interest in ensuring their environment operates as effectively as possible. This results in frequent updates addressing bugs, improving performance and enhancing security – all without you having to brief a third party to develop and implement these improvements on your behalf.
8. Better integration.
The chances are that an Open Source CMS is much more likely to integrate with other applications. It’s not a guarantee, but a good likelihood.
9. Vendor neutrality.
Unlike a proprietary content CMS, whoever was responsible for your website design and build doesn’t need to be responsible for its ongoing evolution as anyone can access and modify an Open Source code.
10. More cost effective.
We’ve saved the best ‘til last. More cost effective doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper, but it does mean a bigger bang for your buck. Because a website should be evolving as constantly as your business, you will more than likely need to make changes to it. Add an events calendar, for example, or a blog by buying and customizing a module plug-in rather than having to build new functionality from scratch.
An Open Source CMS sounds a little too good to be true, but believe the hype. There really are millions of experts in the web-o-sphere who passionately believe in making their working environment a better place, and contribute their knowledge and experience freely in order to achieve such an outcome. By implementing an Open Source CMS, you too can tap into that pool of expertise.
Komosion and Open Source
Komosion’s proprietary CMS, Komodo, is currently undergoing migration to an Open Source CMS platform – Drupal CMS in fact – so that we can pass on these benefits to our proprietary CMS customers.
It’s fair to say that we’ve embraced Open Source CMS with great enthusiasm and it’s a passion we’re likely to share with you if you decide to implement a new CMS for your website.
Every business’s needs are different. We need to begin a conversation about your site’s objectives so that, together, we can assess what would suit you best. To start that discussion.