Building and promoting freely available open source (FOSS) software is a cornerstone of what our development team at Icreon Tech believes in.
And our beliefs in open source don’t simply stem from its price point—or because open source allows clients to operate in a more actionable environment where they have the ability to quickly change and update their content management systems (CMS)—we believe in open source systems because they help businesses create far more agile environments than closed source systems. That means they can fulfill front-end marketing needs on client websites more quickly and cost effectively.
What’s the difference between open source and closed source software, you might ask?
In a nutshell, open source software is generally free to use and has source code available with a license that allows users to see the code, change it, and, in most cases, re-distribute it. Closed source software, on the other hand is proprietary, which means only the vendor can see it or change it. Closed source software almost always comes with a license fee and an annual support agreement. And since only the software vendor can make code changes, you can’t make mission-critical changes as quickly as with open source.
Increasingly enterprises are employing open source software over closed because it’s generally lower cost, doesn’t require one to be locked into using one software vendor for support, and also performs better against security threats.
In a recent article in ComputerWeekly, Andrew Fourie, UK country manager at unified threat management firm Astaro, said because there are “so many individuals working with the source code of these projects, potential vulnerabilities and design flaws are uncovered much faster than with programs built on proprietary code.”
So if you’re considering what kind of CMS to employ with your website, there are plenty of benefits to using an open-source CMS. Drupal is one we highly recommend, and it’s. Heck, even the White House uses it.
Here are three reasons why…and why you should consider using Drupal as the CMS platform of choice for your business, too:
Drupal provides high-level content management capabilities
meaning you can display, structure, and manipulate your website content in whatever manner works best for you, and your website users. Drupal is a mature, feature-rich system that makes it easy for even non-tech users to craft and update websites without any need for coding expertise, and it works right out of the box.
With thousands of themes and tens of thousands of plug-ins, Drupal offers tons of customization options. However, for maximum benefit, we recommend that if you use Drupal, you have someone on staff or under contract who has an understanding of basic programming languages like HTML, CSS and PHP. This is especially true if your website or blog is going to be large and complex or has the potential to be.
It’s malleable and scalable. You can expand its functionality
by modifying the code so that Drupal can better meet your business needs. In other words, Drupal bends to you, not vice versa. Drupal is supported by an active developer community, which is constantly supporting its evolution into a more functional, more integral, more stable, and more performant CMS.
And because it is a more mature environment when compared to other open-source CMSs like WordPress, it scales more easily to fit your needs as your business and marketing initiatives grow, without having to increase the resources from your web hosting service. And because Drupal is designed with extensibility in mind, you can use it to build large, complex websites—something you can’t do as easily with a CMS like WordPress.
You can easily connect it to third-party systems
Those might include your customer relationship management (CRM) software, marketing platforms, online store fronts or financial systems. Because Drupal is such a well established system in the marketplace, with many different types of users in so many different industries, chances are very high that you can find a development team that has experience solving many of the same pain points you’re going through in your own development project, and therefore, can easily help you make your CMS integrate with other mission critical systems.
With so many users and developers, you can find an array of helpful materials through the Drupal community. Need to know the code for creating a custom feature? Check out Drupal’s customization guide. Have a question about how to manipulate Drupal features? No problem. Visit the Drupal forum.