Let we make this perfectly clear that we all are huge fans of open source and so it is going to be a bit one-sided. Open source software is recommended strongly over proprietary software. We would focus on open source web development in this post. First of all, let’s start with basics:

What is open source software (OSS)?

Where the Software’s code is made available publicly for inspection, modification, and distribution by anyone is called Open Source Software. To develop the code efficiently to support rapid updating and testing its primary value which enables communities to do so.
Closed Source Software is the opposite of Opened Source Software(OSS) which is legally owned by a specific organization and only they or their representatives can manipulate the code.
A universal example is Microsoft Office as a proprietary software made available to users through a paid-for license. OSS usually has a license agreement that specifies that whoever modifies the code must release the code with the platform and without a license fee attached to it.

Sounds pretty good, right?

Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) is usually suggested to clients as an option for their website. Choosing CMS like WordPress, Joomla or Magento can build a site that performs well and looks amazing but has content that can easily be updated by their employees.
A prime example of this is an Online shop. Easy update product pages, like adding products, information, and images by non-developers. You have to not rely on a developer or need and technical skills to make changes. Proprietary CMS system is capable of the above but some extra benefits of open source that can’t be ignored. Let’s go forward!

1. Quality

Software updates will run at the speed of their developers through proprietary systems. Their number one priority may not be to produced unique requirements and features. Using open-source software can have a system developed around what you require, prioritizing development and functionality to improve the quality of your site for your users and your administrators.

2. Cost

It is a Cheaper but not free. You have to not worry about license fees. As you don’t need to pay for the software while using open source software. Towards design, customization, and support you can put most of your budget. You have to consider the license agreement which limits what you can do with the product.

3. Transparency

Open source is ‘open’ which means that code is open to everyone and can observe exactly what you are getting. The service provider can claim that their software meets your criteria but you can have their word to back it up. Openness allows better auditing and quality control gives a boost to your confidence in the system.

4. Integration

As the commercial availability of proprietary systems in the market, you will be using software that is not built with your internal system in mind. The system may not be 100% compatible because of above reason. Customizability of open source allows you to build the code to fully integrate with your software and you won’t be affected by a mismatch in a data flow.

5. Features

There is lots of functionality currently available through plugins and other features as there is a worldwide community of developers.
A lot of time should not be spent developing the core code. You can utilize the brains of developers around the world and build something more new from there.

6. Security

Code sharing makes you more vulnerable to hacking and more eyes will be looking at your code. A lot of bugs will be fixed and a lot quicker than an in-house team as there behind our international community of developers. You may also be relying on QA’s to test your code for any error anyway.

7. Updating

Open source code can be developed a lot faster than proprietary software. Open source can take advantage of more people looking at the code and developing it to create features and plugins and to fix bugs while a proprietary system is limited. this means that you can improve your software at your own pace.

8. Support

Take advantage of a community to support yourself. More information is available on the internet to provide you with more information on the available platforms. Easy access to tutorials and documentation via YouTube, forums, groups, and wikis on providers like Joomla, WordPress, and Magento. If you do not have any expertise to do it yourself you can use support services that can design and develop a site.

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