Proprietary CMS vs Open Source CMS

When designing a new website, web designers have their choice between many available open-source content management systems and proprietary content management systems. Using a CMS is a vital part of creating a website, and both proprietary and open-source CMS can be used to create a healthy, functioning website for virtually any use. The CMS is the backbone of the site, and its choice should be made with careful deliberation.

Choosing the right one for the site often comes down to what the site will be used for, how quickly it must be finished and other factors. Often, it comes down to simply the designer’s preference and the experience he has with each system.

Open Source CMS Benefits

There are many open-source CMS options to choose from, but the most popular are Joomla, Drupal and, by a landslide, WordPress. Perhaps the biggest benefit to using open-source systems is that they are just that- open. They make their source coding available to anyone. This allows the community as a whole to test new ideas, change parts of the coding for their own benefit and to make recommendations about improvements. Often, open-source systems have the fastest updates because the communities are so vigilant about the code and any bugs it may contain.

These systems are easier to customized because the coding is always available. It can be changed in any number of ways to create just what you need from your website. This function has made it a favorite type of CMS for web developers because they can do so much with the coding and do it in less time than with a system that doesn’t have this kind of open availability.

Open-source CMS are free. They are available to the public with no licensing costs whatsoever. For some developers, this is one of the best features of these systems. Because they are free, they allow anyone at any stage in their lives to create a website and to make themselves visible online with a customized site.

Proprietary CMS Benefits

Among the proprietary CMS, there are several types. Some are stand-along systems, some are single-source systems that come from just one website or one host. Others are offered as part of a package that includes other products. Each of these comes with its own list of benefits, but there are some that are common to all of these proprietary CMS types.

When you use a proprietary system, you get support as a part of the deal. Unlike the free systems, you can call a support team when you have a problem and get personal help with your technical issue. For many site owners, you get what you pay for in terms of support when you use proprietary systems.

Some proprietary CMS are geared toward very specific uses, making it unnecessary to create a lot of changes to it to make it more customized. It will have some out-of-the-box features that would take time to create with an open-source CMS.

Author: Mitch Fraser

Mitch Fraser is currently the director of two successful Australian companies that provide time and money saving solutions for their customers: Tomorrow Finance and Drawstring. At Tomorrow Finance, Mitch helps people find the cheapest home loan products to bring Tomorrow's dream into today; while at his web development company, Drawstring, Mitch focuses on the outcomes for his clients by taking the time to understand each client's business and unique situation while maximising their return on investment. Mitch obtained his Bachelor of Science in Computing Science and Diploma in Information Technology and Professional practice with first class honours, from The University of Technology, Sydney, in 2005.

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