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Open source or commercial CMS: How to choose the right Website management platform?

With the era of static websites long past us, businesses of all sizes are now looking for dynamic, scalable website solutions to market their brand in the right manner. It all starts with zeroing in on a CMS for building the website. With an array of options available, choosing the best could be a daunting task. Let’s make this easier for you. There are generally two types of CMS - Open Source and Commercial. Here we’ve laid down the pros and cons of each to help you make your choice:

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Open Source CMS

The ups

  • There’s no purchasing fee: You don’t have to pay anything - since it’s free
  • Large developer community: Open source systems have a huge developer community across the world supporting the platform, which means that the platform always gets upgraded.
  • Highly transportable: You can build upon the code as much as you like, migrate anytime to another platform, and use it unrestricted.

The downs

  • Development costs are high: While the platform is free, development isn’t. Hiring someone with the knowledge and expertise of configuring the platform will cost you almost as much as purchasing a commercial CMS.
  • Infrequent updates and bug fixes: Since an open source, CMS is run by a distributed developer community, finding fixes and resolves may require some time.
  • No validation: Since there’s no certification or outside validation involved, there are no means of identifying if the person you’re hiring is qualified enough to handle the development.

Commercial CMS

The ups:

  • Professional support: Unlike an open-source system, the vendor is obligated to lend support and promptly fix any issues.
  • Better performance and reliability: When compared to open source variants, security flaws, bugs, and performance issues barely exist in a commercial grade system.
  • Easy to master: Commercial CMS providers usually provide training to supplement the software that enables one to master its use quickly.

The downs:

  • High price: Commercial CMSs do not come free. The initial licensing fee coupled with maintenance, support fee, and other annual charges might not fit the budget of a small business owner.
  • No scope for migration: When you purchase from one vendor, you’re locked in from moving on to another. Migration is challenging, and you’ll likely have to build it all again from scratch.
  • Delayed updates: Commercial vendors focus more on performance, and hence subject every update to extensive testing before implementation.

To pick a CMS, that better supports your needs; you need to analyze the existing options available, weigh the pros and cons and narrow down on the one that suits your small company. If you’re still confused, talk to expert CMS developers in Singapore to know more.

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