When starting a website or blog, it’s important to know what platform you want to use before getting started. While WordPress is the most used and highly recommended open source CMS on the market today, they aren’t the only game in town. Other platforms like Drupal and Joomla still have hundreds of millions of users running their software to power their sites, online stores and businesses of all sizes.
Open Source Software is on the Rise
For years open source software was celebrated as a low-cost alternative to commercial “closed source” programs. It’s true that open source is a money saver, with leading open source solutions like WordPress and Joomla costing nothing at all. But if money was the big benefit, why haven’t so many large companies that began using open source software during the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08 switched back to their old commercial applications? Instead, tech leaders like IBM are telling us that open source is on the rise. In the light of open source’s enduring popularity, it’s worth taking a closer look at the benefits of these transparent programs.
The flexibility of open source programs makes them ideal for businesses and individual consumers. Rather than simply accepting a commercial program out of the box, you can tweak open source code to suit your needs or hire a third party to do all the coding work for you. The customization options are endless. Open source programs are also scalable, which is a real perk for businesses in times of transition, like startup firms seeking to grow.
Free or almost free products are certainly available in the open source world, but money shouldn’t be the only factor encouraging you to make the switch. There are so many advantages to open source programs, and many of these perks have nothing to do with the benefits to your bottom line. Start using open source programs and you’ll discover more advantages than you might imagine. Check out this revealing infographic to learn more about open source software’s many benefits.
To bring everything together and to summarize the comparisons between WordPress, Joomla and Drupal, be sure to check out the “The Benefits of Open-Source Software” infographic below. If you are a bit old school and still thinking about creating your site with basic HTML, you can also refer to this WordPress vs. Joomla vs. HTML guide.